What will a Reading Specialist or Reading Tutor do with my child?

A good Reading Specialist will make a quick determination regarding what type of intervention is needed. For children with dyslexia or decoding difficulties, this will most-likely involve an Orton-Gillingham-based program. Joan Mazzuca will determine at which level to begin and introduce your child to the various aspects of the program. These typically include:

  • Dictation (practice spelling dictated words)
  • Reading of word, phrase and sentence lists
  • Writing sentences
  • Reading from a leveled reader. A leveled reader is a book with engaging stories using only words containing phonetic patterns that the child is familiar with.

  • How often will my child need to meet with his or her Reading Specialist or Tutor?

    Effective intervention requires significant practice and repetition. For many children, this means meeting 2-4 times per week. When scheduling and finances are prohibitive, Joan Mazzuca may assign homework requiring practice with a parent or other skilled reader. The more practice your child is able to get, the more quickly he or she will advance.

    How I work:

    For your convenience, I can come to your home, or we can meet at a local library. Tutoring time does not begin when you drop off your child, it begins when we are seated and ready to start our lesson. Please contact me if you have any questions or for more information about what you can expect with our private tutoring services.