When I started tutoring online, I honestly had no idea that I would be able to make as much of an impact as I do. I have to say that each day I wake I up I feel complete bliss knowing that I am able to service kids struggling with reading everyday all over the world. I even am able to offer dyslexia tutoring for kids struggling with processing sounds.
One particular student that stands out this month is a child that has dyslexia from Canada. When I first met this boy’s dad he had informed me that his son specifically had struggled since Kindergarten and that his progress was slow and delayed. He was diagnosed with ADHD in grade 2 and has been on medicine ever since. He has had evaluations both at school and privately and was diagnosed with broad based learning disabilities. They were using Barton Reading and Spelling with him at school and his parents did activities with him at home. They had hired several local tutors and had limited success.
His dad mentioned that when his son reads he guesses a lot and that his decoding ability is very weak. Since reading was so hard for his son, it was difficult to get him to read at home.
When I first assessed him, his reading level was actually at a kindergarten reading level and he was in sixth grade. My heart went out to this family that they had honestly tried everything that they knew to try and struggled with finding anything that would result in success for their son.
After working with this young man for 10 months an hour an 1/2 a week he is now at a third grade reading level. He does still struggle with decoding and seems to do really well with memorizing words. He is able to read more words immediately, but gets frustrated when asked to decode. To listen to this young man read today compared to what he was reading like 10 months ago is amazing. There are times when I think, wow, how in the world did he get that word. He reads for meaning, he understands what he reads, but it still isn’t his favorite activity.
About 2 months ago when I was doing an assessment I noticed that he was reading very choppy. I really wanted to improve on his prosody and i decided to do a reading fluency intervention. So we began reading song lyrics and then using youtube with the lyrics to speed up his reading. It worked, just like it has with all of the other students that I have used this method with. It also increased his engagement. He began getting more excited about our time together and made remarkable growth in the last 2 months.
I am so blessed to be able to make a difference in kids lives whose parents have tried everything. I get to be a solution to a very big problem that they are struggling with, which is helping their struggling reader increase his/her reading level. This really is an exciting vocation. If you are interested in learning more about how you can become an online tutor then you can go to www.tutorpreneurs.com/free-videos. If you are interested in finding out more about getting tutoring services from me you can go to www.theskypingreadingtutor.com. I still have a few slots open for this summer, but they are filling up fast. If your child is struggling with reading, don’t wait to get help. The longer that you wait the tougher the struggle becomes. This could be the year that you start your child ahead of the curve instead of behind.