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Bonnie’s Story: A Tutor’s Perspective

As an Orton-Gillingham tutor living in Pickens County, I have served many youngsters since retiring in 2007, and prior to then as well. The teachers of some of the students have been the ones to recommend me to tutor their students, and the parents of others of the students have been the ones to seek me out. In the past several years, I have worked with seven students, some over a period of 3-4 years, twice weekly for 45-minute sessions. To fit their schedules (and because I’m not allowed to tutor at the schools), I have worked with students before or after school, on weekends, and either once a week or twice a week, through the school year and often through the summers. When working with ch

Susie's Story: The 1 in 5

Just look at it harder! She is not trying hard enough. She is lazy. Make her read more. She will outgrow this. Hold her back in school. I can tell she is not happy. Is she emotionally abused? If she had more books in the house, she would be able to read. These are some of the comments that were made about our smart, pretty, high-IQ daughter throughout elementary school. She struggled to learn to read, and no one had any answers or could help. I was a trained elementary teacher, yet I still had no idea what to do. We hired after-school tutors, paid for additional testing, sent her to private schools, and saw her endure ridicule and teasing. It was when she was in the 5th grade that we began t

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