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Amy O.

Wilson Reading, Special Education, & Braille/Low Vision

Wilson Reading, Special Education, & Braille/Low Vision

$50/hour

  • 3 hours tutoring

  • Rensselaer, NY 12144

About Amy


Bio

I have been in the field of special education since 2000. Throughout the years I have worked as a special education teacher and teacher of the visually impaired (TVI). I have also worked as a music therapist, vision rehabilitation teacher, and as a tutor specializing in the Wilson Reading Program. I currently work full time as a TVI, provide vision rehabilitation services through a state agency, and am an adjunct professor online for graduate coursework pertaining to students with visual...

I have been in the field of special education since 2000. Throughout the years I have worked as a special education teacher and teacher of the visually impaired (TVI). I have also worked as a music therapist, vision rehabilitation teacher, and as a tutor specializing in the Wilson Reading Program. I currently work full time as a TVI, provide vision rehabilitation services through a state agency, and am an adjunct professor online for graduate coursework pertaining to students with visual impairments. Teaching is a passion for me and I work to instill a love of learning in all the students with whom I teach with as we work together to reach their fullest potential. This includes individuals without a disability, a learning disability, developmental disability, multiple disabilities, a sensory impairment among an age range spanning from birth into adulthood.

One aspect I love about tutoring and working as a TVI is that I work one-on-one with students. By working one-on-one with a student, I am able to better assess his/her strengths/weaknesses and tailor his/her instruction to address him/her. Individualized instruction that takes into account the interests of students can be very powerful. The reward for teaching is watching a student grow and succeed.

I am certified as a level I instructor in the Wilson Reading Program and have successfully tutored students who have struggled with reading using the program over the years. I am also skilled in teaching braille, the abacus, and various types of access technology.

The majority of the students with whom I have worked and provided services to have either been in elementary school or middle school and/or function developmentally at an elementary age. The adults I have tutored have not had any disabilities. Since most of my students have been within the elementary/middle school age range, I have the most experience in understanding the curriculum expectations for students between K-8th grade.

I hold certification in special education and teaching the blind/visually impaired. Throughout the years I have tutored students and adults with Dyslexia and/or a learning disability using the Wilson Reading Program. Throughout my career I have worked with students with a variety of diagnoses from learning disabilities, autism, blind/visual impairment, multiple impairments, hearing loss, degenerative genetic conditions, etc. Each individual requires instruction tailored to meet his/her needs, patience, and understanding. I believe students, particularly those with a disability, effectively make progress when instruction addresses him/her as a whole person.

Regardless of whether or not you or your child has a disability, I have a wealth of knowledge and experience to help your or your child succeed in a variety of areas. If I do not feel my skill set is appropriate in meeting you or your child's needs I will let you know. I am available most afternoons/evenings and occasionally on weekends. I look forward to the opportunity to meet and work with you!


Education

Nazareth College of Rochester
Music Therapy
The College of Saint Rose
MEd
Dominican College and Cuny Hunter
MEd

Policies

  • Hourly rate: $50
  • Tutor’s lessons: In-person and online
  • Travel policy: Within 15 miles of Rensselaer, NY 12144
  • Lesson cancellation: 12 hours notice required
  • Background check passed on 6/1/2015

  • Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

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Subjects

Elementary Education

Elementary (K-6th),

Elementary (K-6th)

I have worked in the field of special education since 1994 and began teaching in elementary classrooms as a consultant special education teacher or a teacher of the visually impaired. As a result, I have become familiar with the curriculum in elementary school. I have also become skilled at adapting, modifying, and making the elementary curriculum accessible to students with various disabilities.
Phonics,

Phonics

Throughout the past 10 years I have taught phonics as part of reading instruction to young children and some adults as a special education teacher, teacher of the visually impaired, and as a Level I certified Wilson Instructor. In addition to the Wilson Reading Program, I have also used other methods to phonological instruction, including onsets and rimes, syllabication, etc. I find that a multi-sensory approach often works best in teaching students who struggle with phonics. I have taught phonics in small group instruction as a special education teacher in public schools and through individual instruction in the following capacities: Sylvan Learning Center Instructor, when teaching braille to students who are visually impaired, tutoring the Wilson Reading Program for a private tutoring agency and as an independent contractor.
Reading

Reading

Certified and Licensed Creative Arts Therapist for music therapy (1998) Permanent certification in NYS in special education (2000) Level I Wilson Instructor (2002) Professional certification in NYS as a teacher of the visually impaired (2005) MA degree in special education for vision rehabilitation teaching (2011) In the process of completing Deaf-Blind Modules online

English

Reading

Reading

Certified and Licensed Creative Arts Therapist for music therapy (1998) Permanent certification in NYS in special education (2000) Level I Wilson Instructor (2002) Professional certification in NYS as a teacher of the visually impaired (2005) MA degree in special education for vision rehabilitation teaching (2011) In the process of completing Deaf-Blind Modules online

Homeschool

Elementary (K-6th),

Elementary (K-6th)

I have worked in the field of special education since 1994 and began teaching in elementary classrooms as a consultant special education teacher or a teacher of the visually impaired. As a result, I have become familiar with the curriculum in elementary school. I have also become skilled at adapting, modifying, and making the elementary curriculum accessible to students with various disabilities.
Reading

Reading

Certified and Licensed Creative Arts Therapist for music therapy (1998) Permanent certification in NYS in special education (2000) Level I Wilson Instructor (2002) Professional certification in NYS as a teacher of the visually impaired (2005) MA degree in special education for vision rehabilitation teaching (2011) In the process of completing Deaf-Blind Modules online

Most Popular

Elementary (K-6th),

Elementary (K-6th)

I have worked in the field of special education since 1994 and began teaching in elementary classrooms as a consultant special education teacher or a teacher of the visually impaired. As a result, I have become familiar with the curriculum in elementary school. I have also become skilled at adapting, modifying, and making the elementary curriculum accessible to students with various disabilities.
Reading

Reading

Certified and Licensed Creative Arts Therapist for music therapy (1998) Permanent certification in NYS in special education (2000) Level I Wilson Instructor (2002) Professional certification in NYS as a teacher of the visually impaired (2005) MA degree in special education for vision rehabilitation teaching (2011) In the process of completing Deaf-Blind Modules online

Special Needs

ADHD,

ADHD

I am certified as a special education teacher. Throughout the years I have worked with students as a consultant special education teacher working directly with students with ADD/ADHD or provided individualized instruction to a students with a blind/visual impairment that also has had a diagnosis if ADD/ADHD. The experiences I have had and the certifications I hold have provided me with the skills necessary to work successfully with students with ADD/ADHD.
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD),

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

I have worked in the field of special education since 1994. I spent 5 summers and two years substituting at a school that specializes in providing instruction to children within the autistic spectrum disorders (ASD). I am familiar with PECS and ABA. Throughout the past 10 years I have typically had at least one student on my caseload with an ASD diagnosis.
Dyslexia,

Dyslexia

As a teacher and tutor, I have worked with several students and adults with dyslexia. I have found a multi-sensory approach is typically effective in teaching students with dyslexia how to read and writing to students with dysgraphia. I also hold certification as a Level I Instructor in the Wilson Reading Program. Research has shown that the Wilson Reading Program is effective in teaching students with dyslexia phonological skills that are essential to learning to read.
Hard of Hearing,

Hard of Hearing

I am certified as a teacher of the visually impaired. Many of the students on my caseload throughout the past 10 years have also been deaf/hard of hearing. As a result, I have worked closely with many professionals, such as Teachers of the Deaf (TOD) and instructors with specialized certifications in the field of Deafblindness. I am currently enrolled in the state Deaf/Blind learning modules and am seeking programs for certification in dual sensory impairments.
Phonics,

Phonics

Throughout the past 10 years I have taught phonics as part of reading instruction to young children and some adults as a special education teacher, teacher of the visually impaired, and as a Level I certified Wilson Instructor. In addition to the Wilson Reading Program, I have also used other methods to phonological instruction, including onsets and rimes, syllabication, etc. I find that a multi-sensory approach often works best in teaching students who struggle with phonics. I have taught phonics in small group instruction as a special education teacher in public schools and through individual instruction in the following capacities: Sylvan Learning Center Instructor, when teaching braille to students who are visually impaired, tutoring the Wilson Reading Program for a private tutoring agency and as an independent contractor.
Special Needs

Special Needs

I am certified as a special education teacher, music therapist, teacher of the visually impaired, and vision rehabilitation teacher. I have worked in the field of special education since 1994 in all of these capacities as well as with a variety of students with disabilities from birth through adulthood. Given the field with which I work in, I am also qualified to teach braille as well as various forms of access technology for a range of different disabilities.

Summer

Elementary (K-6th),

Elementary (K-6th)

I have worked in the field of special education since 1994 and began teaching in elementary classrooms as a consultant special education teacher or a teacher of the visually impaired. As a result, I have become familiar with the curriculum in elementary school. I have also become skilled at adapting, modifying, and making the elementary curriculum accessible to students with various disabilities.
Reading

Reading

Certified and Licensed Creative Arts Therapist for music therapy (1998) Permanent certification in NYS in special education (2000) Level I Wilson Instructor (2002) Professional certification in NYS as a teacher of the visually impaired (2005) MA degree in special education for vision rehabilitation teaching (2011) In the process of completing Deaf-Blind Modules online

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Very Professional

Amy was great. She was obviously very knowledgeable and experienced, and explained everything about her assessment clearly. Our 7 year old son took to her immediately and says he had fun even though they were doing "school" stuff. Thank you for the help - highly recommend!

Elizabeth, 1 lesson with Amy

Amazing experience.

Amy was very knowledgeable and patient with my son and myself. She provided us with an assessment and tools to continue this process within the school district. I am more confident with her added knowledge to return to the district to have my son assessed further and get him services.

Deirdre, 1 lesson with Amy

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Amy O.

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