Support for Struggling Readers

1-on-1 Assessment and Instruction for Dyslexia & Learning Disabilities

Support for Struggling Readers

1-on-1 Assessment and Instruction for Dyslexia & Learning Disabilities

We know reading, you know your child.

Together we can turn things around.

Learning to read shouldn’t be a struggle.

We offer one-on-one reading lessons for children who do struggle to learn reading and spelling ~ in either English or French.

Our team of certified teachers and speech language pathologists observe an Orton-Gillingham based approach which is appropriate for all students: those who are lagging 3 or more months behind their peers and those who have dyslexia (specific reading disability).

All our students receive an individualized learning plan and work to mastery, at their own pace. 

Your child’s literacy journey starts here.

Assessment

First, we’ll uncover the roots of your child’s learning and/or reading disability to advocate for their needs and establish a path to reading confidence.

Instruction

Next, we’ll design a structured literacy program based on your child’s exact needs and current abilities, guided by our caring teachers.

Support

Throughout, we’ll keep you up-to-date on your child’s progress and help you advocate for your child at school and support them at home.

Literacy is a learned set of skills that every child deserves.

Research-based methods you can trust.

Structured Literacy is the leading, research-based approach to teaching reading and spelling to those who are reading below grade level and those with a reading/spelling disability (specific learning disability; specific reading disability; phonological deficiency; dyslexia; orthographic disability).

Structured Literacy instruction is also commonly referred to as the Orton-Gillingham (OG) -based approach.

The Reading School offers Structured Literacy for those in English, Full French, and French Immersion.

Hear from Happy Parents

We contacted The Reading School because our son’s grade 1 teacher was very concerned that he would not be anywhere near the reading level that was required to go to the next grade. We were skeptical of online lessons, but by the end of the school year our son not only met the required reading level to get to grade 2 but surpassed it and got an A. Our son loves to read now and asks to read a book to us every night before bed.

Shiraz & Indira

Brampton, Ontario

When we started working with The Reading School everything was a struggle for our son (even tears). Now he has such confidence!! We had an amazing moment last week when he finished a new book all in one day! He couldn’t put it down. It even came with us to his sister’s swim class. He has developed such a joy for reading and I would have never have thought possible. Thanks a million.

S. Smith

Aurora, Ontario

The Reading School has made a positive difference for my daughter who has Dyslexia. Not only has she progressed in her reading and writing abilities, she also gained confidence in herself. The teacher  made learning fun and gave my daughter the tools she needed to overcome some of her challenges. I appreciated the ongoing feedback and reports, which helped me to understand the challenges my daughter faced. 

Nusrat Sheikh

Ottawa, Ontario

We contacted The Reading School because our son’s grade 1 teacher was very concerned that he would not be anywhere near the reading level that was required to go to the next grade. We were skeptical of online lessons, but by the end of the school year our son not only met the required reading level to get to grade 2 but surpassed it and got an A. Our son loves to read now and asks to read a book to us every night before bed.

Shiraz & Indira

Brampton, Ontario

When we started working with The Reading School everything was a struggle for our son (even tears). Now he has such confidence!! We had an amazing moment last week when he finished a new book all in one day! He couldn’t put it down. It even came with us to his sister’s swim class. He has developed such a joy for reading and I would have never have thought possible. Thanks a million.

S. Smith

Aurora, Ontario

The Reading School has made a positive difference for my daughter who has Dyslexia. Not only has she progressed in her reading and writing abilities, she also gained confidence in herself. The teacher  made learning fun and gave my daughter the tools she needed to overcome some of her challenges. I appreciated the ongoing feedback and reports, which helped me to understand the challenges my daughter faced. 

Nusrat Sheikh

Ottawa, Ontario

Frequently Asked Questions

How is this different from regular tutoring?

Structured Literacy is a research-based approach to teaching reading and spelling to those who are reading below grade level and those with a reading/spelling disability (specific learning disability; specific reading disability; phonological deficiency; dyslexia; orthographic disability). 

Structured Literacy lessons follow our science-based curriculum. After assessment, we’ll determine an individualized success path based on your child’s current level and needs.

What will my child learn in the Structured Literacy lessons?

Through the Structured Literacy approach and our effective curriculum, your child will learn the skills to read and write and the  strategies they need to navigate language with their disability.

Our teachers will work with your child to learn:

  • phonological and phonemic awareness skills;
  • phonics for reading and spelling;
  • syllable division rules;
  • high frequency word recognition;
  • comprehension;
  • vocabulary; and
  • grammar and writing.
Is homework support part of the lesson?

In our structured literacy classes, we do not provide support for homework, or any work being done in association with children’s enrolment at school. For that, you may want to refer to the work done in our Subject Area Tutoring Division. 

What is the typical schedule for Structured Literacy lessons?

What works for you? Our accessible, online lessons can fit around your family’s schedule. Lessons are available before and after school, during school hours, and on weekends. (Please note, teachers do not provide lessons on statutory holidays.)

In order to ensure progress and retention, minimum lesson enrolments apply for Structured Literacy instruction. Please enquire for your child’s grade level.

How soon can we get started?

As soon as you’re ready we’ll start by scheduling a Functional Reading Assessment. The results of the assessment will be used to inform the learning plan and allow us to set measurable goals for your child’s progress and success. Your child will be matched with one of our caring, expert teachers and we will begin regular lessons according to the schedule that suits your family best.

 

We’re ready to support you in supporting your child

The first step is the most powerful: accepting your child may need help to reach their reading and academic potential.

Reach out to discuss your concerns with our qualified, caring staff and our Director, Diane Duff. We’ll be in touch within 24-48 hours to answer your questions.