I will forever be grateful to my second-grade teacher, Mrs. Morgan, for providing a safe emotional place for me to flourish in reading.
I did not have dyslexia but was emotionally needy. Her nurturing attitude and great teaching meant so much to me, that I chose to provide that same kind of support to hundreds of children in my teaching career, first as an elementary classroom teacher, then as a reading specialist, overseeing other teachers as they supported and taught reading.
I loved being able to connect with children and see the delight in their eyes as the world opened to them through reading.
Upon retirement, I thought I was finished teaching children. That all changed the day a friend shared that her 8-year-old dyslexic daughter couldn’t read. I volunteered to tutor her.
After extensive research, I found what I think is the most user-friendly and effective Orton-Gillingham curriculum for dyslexic students there is, the Barton Reading & Spelling System.
I’m using it with my little friend and additional students too. They are all making incredible progress. Their parents report increased reading skill, reading gum wrappers, reading aloud with confidence for the first time, reading to younger brothers and sisters, and most importantly testing at higher grade levels in reading, spelling, and comprehension. See home page “Happy Clients” for more.
Tutoring these children has given me a much greater appreciation for how hard children with dyslexia work to learn, the shame that often accompanies the dyslexic learning style, and now, how to teach them effectively.
My hope is to help as many dyslexic students as possible! There IS hope!
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