RESEARCHED & PROVEN
Learning to read is not a natural process. At Smart Start, we believe the best way to help all types of readers is through systematic and targeted instruction.
As trained online Orton-Gillingham tutors, we use proven research based methods and techniques to help those with Dyslexia and those who need some additional support gain the skills necessary to become skilled readers.
Keep reading to learn about our process and methodology.
How can we help your child?
Our Orton-Gillingham trained tutors use a 3 step process in order to give your child the skills they need to go from struggling reader to confident reader with a renewed love for reading.
Sign Up for an Initial Assessment
This allows our team to get a baseline for your child's reading levels so we can create an individualized learning plan to help them close the gap or move beyond grade level expectations. Learn How to Get Started.
We Create an Individualized Learning Plan
We create a customized roadmap that aligns with your child's needs, goals, learning style and interests. We use the initial assessment to gauge progress overtime.
Students Learn How to Maintain Progress
After graduating from our program, your child will have the tools, techniques and confidence to take what they've learned and apply it to all subjects so they can be successful in and out of the classroom. Reading is the foundation for success in school and life. Let us give your child a smart start.
WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT
HOW WE TEACH YOUR CHILD TO MASTER READING
Every session is customized to meet the exact needs and goals of your child so that we don’t waste time on skills that your child has already mastered but instead we focus on mastering the skills your child still needs.
We incorporate games, movement, multi-sensory activities and brain breaks into every session for every student to keep lessons engaging, fun, and most importantly effective. With this in mind, below are some resources that we could not do our job without and that we adapt to use strategically to meet the varying needs of our students.
Does your child struggle with reading?
Take a quick 8 question assessment to find out if your child could benefit working with our online Orton-Gillingham tutors.
1. Book a Free Discovery CallIn your FREE 20 minute Discovery Call, you will have the opportunity to speak with our Owner and Founder, Alexa Imwalle, to explain exactly what you are noticing regarding your child's literacy struggles at home and school. You will also have the opportunity to explain what type of support you are looking for for your child and what your goals are for your child's academic development. Alexa will then determine, based on the information you provide, if we are the best fit to support your child. If so, she will give you more information about the process that we use, what tutoring with Smart Start looks like, and what the recommended next steps would be to begin to close the gap for your child. If Alexa feels that you would be better supported by another specialist, she will be happy to refer you to one of her colleagues. You will walk away from your complimentary Discovery Call with recommendations for how you can begin to stop the struggle for your child today and peace of mind knowing that you are not alone in the journey.
2. Schedule an Initial Assessment SessionIf we determine that your child would be a good fit for the services that Smart Start Tutors provides then the next step would be to schedule an initial assessment. The initial assessment allows Alexa to deep dive into the five categories of your child's reading skills (phonological awareness, phonics, fluency, reading comprehension and vocabulary) to determine EXACTLY what is causing your child's reading struggles. Since every child is different and has unique strengths and areas of struggle, it is important to determine why your child is struggling with reading and what their unique struggles are so Alexa can design an individualized intervention plan to begin closing the gaps for your child. Your child's initial assessment results are used as the baseline for designing a unique learning plan to target their exact needs and goals so that time is not wasted teaching your child skills they already know, but instead allows us to get to work right away closing your child's gaps from the very first tutoring session. We then use the initial assessment results and compare them to your child's follow up assessment results every three months to gauge how much progress your child has made, if the interventions we are using are helping and if any interventions need to be tweaked. Informal assessments are completed continuously, as well, to ensure progress along the way. The initial assessment session takes between 45 minutes to an hour and is completed online from the comfort of your home. In this way, Alexa is able to meet with your child 1-1 in a setting that is already comfortable for your child using high tech technology allowing your child to see and hear Alexa and all the resources she has to share to complete the assessment.
3. Receive Your Customized Learning Plan & Get StartedFollowing your child's Initial Assessment Session, you will receive a full report with your child's assessment results, specific data collected, additional observations made during the assessment, and the intervention plan Alexa has designed specifically for your child. We will then schedule a 30 minute Parent Consultation where Alexa will explain the assessment results, the intervention plan, answer any questions you may have and make recommendations for the package that she believes best suits your child's needs and goals and will allow them to make the quickest progress with lasting results. Ultimately, you know your child best and therefor we leave the task of choosing the package that you believe is best for your child up to you. Once you select your package, we will determine a schedule that works best for your child from our current availability. We will then get started closing the gap for your child with engaging and fun sessions that are based on your child's unique intervention plan rooted in research based multisensory techniques.
Closing the Reading Gap for Every Child
OUR RESEARCHED-BASED TOOLS
A Structured Literacy Approach
Discover the Orton-Gillingham Approach
At Smart Start, all of our online tutors are trained in the
Orton-Gillingham methodology with proven success.
Have you heard the term Orton-Gillingham used again and again but have no idea what it means? We got you!
Orton-Gillingham is a methodology developed in the 1930s by neuropsychiatrist and pathologist Dr. Samuel T. Orton and educator, psychologist Anna Gillingham. It is a structured literacy approach which breaks reading and spelling down into smaller skills involving letters and sounds and then builds on those skills over time.
The Orton-Gillingham methodology, or OG, uses multi-sensory instruction
This multi-sensory approach helps students connect language with letters and words.
The OG approach was the first of its kind to use explicit, direct, sequential, systematic, multi-sensory instruction to teach reading. This approach is not only effective for all readers but vital for teaching students with Dyslexia.
from Our Clients
“Alexa is one of the best tutors with whom I have worked. She has an accepting and positive attitude when working with students. She is alert to, and understands, different student learning styles and adjusts her approach to help them achieve mastery of the subject matter. Alexa’s strong education and professional background allow her to offer focused, effective assistance to her families.”
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