Frequently asked questions
How is you reading program different from other tutoring reading program?
Our one-to-one Multisensory Reading and Spelling Program is a well-designed and well-implemented individualized lesson based on your child's specific learning needs and his capacity to learn. It is an intensive structured, explicit, multisensory, cognitive, systematic and cumulative but flexible phonics and research-based instruction.
We will teach your child to read and spell by giving him instructions, strategies, and techniques so that he can read and spell known and unknown words by himself and not to help him memorize words and sentences.
We directly teach the sound-symbol correspondence, a connection between prints ( letters) and sounds made by them- the basic building block of learning how to fluently and accurately read and spell and we incorporate strategies and techniques into our teaching so that your child can start learning to fluently and accurately read and spell minimal words the moment he starts his therapeutic tutoring treatment with us
We also do not stop after the sounds are taught. We will help your child connect the sounds. We will teach him how to manipulate sounds and how spoken words can be pulled apart into distinct sounds and blend them together, such as the word 'cat' can be pulled apart as "ccc," "aaa," "t." Then we will teach him how to put them back together, so from 'cat' to "ccc," "aaa," "t" to 'cat!'
Once your child knows the reading code, printed words are no longer a mystery! He has a strategy. He is ready to read and he is on his way to becoming a lifelong independent reader!
We will then teach your child the syllable types, rules and strategies, and techniques of the English language and how to correctly pull out longer words and put them back together (encoding and decoding) so that multisyllabic reading and spelling become manageable - we discourage our students from guessing at words.
Difficulties with word recognition, reading accuracy, and acceptable reading speed, contribute to poor reading comprehension - we incorporate
comprehension instruction along with strategies and techniques to comprehend what he reads, once your child has reached the acceptable fluency in that concept.
The instruction, application, and mastery of the concepts and skills of our
Multisensory Reading and Spelling Program are usually taught from kindergarten until grade five and up, in regular schools - meaning we have a PLAN;
we know what we are doing.
What is your success rate?
We pride ourselves for the excellent quality of our work and the services that we have provided to our students and to date, we have a 100% Success Rate ! As a matter of fact, all of our students have started learning to read during their first hour of their session because we know what to teach and how to teach!
One of our most rewarding experiences is seeing an individual who once was unhappy, feeling hopeless, and was defeated transformed into one who glows and radiates self-confidence and wants to learn more.
We have also received calls from our previous students' parents who have taken their precious time to thank us and share with us their children's
How much does the therapeutic tutoring cost?
Learning to read is your child’s most important investment in his life and no one can take away this investment from him. Giving him the gift of learning to read is the greatest present you can bestow upon him and teaching individuals to learn how to read is our specialization, our expertise.
therapeutic tutoring is a
therapy for your child’s specific reading and spelling difficulties as well as writing and reading comprehension challenges and we are NOT an ordinary tutoring or other learning centers where words and sentences are read with or for for your child.
Although, our treatment service fees vary it is in the same range with other
psychologist where you seek treatment for your child's well being or
speech pathologist, where you ask for your child's speech related issue.
With us, your child will not only learn how to say the speech sounds and words but he will also learn how to read, spell, write the words and comprehend what he reads - correctly and properly - all in one
Also, while it seems that our therapeutic service fee is costly, it is comparable to fees charged by other
ordinary/regular tutoring centers in a group of 3 or 4 children where your child receives only a portion of the tutor’s time and attention.
Multisensory Reading Clinic, we will give the tools that your child needed the most to succeed academically and every minute of your child’s direct instruction is focused on his specific learning needs so that he can progress as quickly as possible.
Are fees covered by insurance?
We believe that Medicare does not provide coverage for any therapeutic tutoring, remediation and intervention services or treatment for dyslexia in reading, spelling, writing and reading comprehension because teaching to read, write, spell and comprehend regardless of the individuals conditions i.e. with dyslexia and/or ADHD/ASD etc., is NOT a medical and health condition and it is your child's school responsibility.
Contact your insurance provider for more details, but be specific when you give the information to your insurance provider. We are NOT a clinic for speech therapy or any psychological treatment but a clinic providing a treatment/therapy for individuals with difficulties in literacy - learning to read, write, spell, and comprehend.
How long does the therapeutic tutoring last?
Each session takes 55 minutes, or 110 minutes for older students, two to five times or until six times per week. We usually recommend how often your child should come to our clinic, and it all depends on different factors, such as his learning needs, capacity to learn, etc.
How long does the program last?
Our Multisensory Reading and Spelling Program is based on your child' s capacity to learn , meaning, we cannot teach concepts to your child more than he can handle or else he will 'meltdown' and the duration of the therapeutic tutoring varies and it depends on several factors:
1. degree of language difficulty - mildly or severely impaired
2. has other disabilities and disorders in addition to dyslexia - ADHD, autism, severe receptive and language delays, etc
3. attendance -how often you child sees us and how long
2) the 'gap' between your child's reading level and his peers, for example, he is in grade five with a reading level of grade one;
3) his independent work - substantial practice of the lessons learned is one of the most important aspects of the program and the more the student practice the better and the faster to close the gap between his peers and the quicker to finish the program
It is important for parents to know that we teach the English language step-by-step as it is necessary for a long-term success. In addition, the previous lessons are linked to the next lessons. We, therefore, do not offer a
"band-aid solution" tutoring service because it would not and could not help your child to becoming a lifelong independent learner -
our ultimate goal!
Also, learning to read takes several years through formal schooling, with approximately 180 hours of instruction for each grade level - for REGULAR students and our
Multisensory Reading and Spelling Program is taught at regular schools from kindergarten until grade five or even until high school for spelling. Hence, it is impossible to finish the program within a few sessions. If someone tells you that he has a reading method with a quicker approach in teaching your child to fluently and accurately read and spell, consider it as a "red flag" --- there is
NO such thing as a quick fix iiteracy intervention and remediation let alone for individuals with a specific learning disability or dyslexia and with other disabilities and disorders !
Therefore, there is
NO way to guarantee a time frame.
Can we stop the therapeutic tutoring?
Definitely yes! You have the option not to finish the program.
What your typical lesson looks like?
Our direct multisensory reading, spelling, writing and comprehension instruction are taught explicitly in a systematic and cumulative intensive manner and is based on the student's capacity to learn
Our Typical Lesson
Assessing the student for any potential difficulties from the learned concepts
Homework review, if applicable
Decoding review from learned concepts: sound/word cards/list
Encoding review from learned concepts: sounds/words
Decoding and encoding review from learned words & introduction of new words: sight words
Sequencing/games of learned concepts/skills/elements, if applicable
Introduction of new concept/s, skill/s, element/s , if applicable
Structured handwriting/dexterity: manuscript or cursive, if applicable
Spelling/writing/answering questions in writing from oral reading; alternate, if applicable
Oral reading from learned concepts: phrase/s, sentence/s, paragraph/s, whole story
Homework usually word cards to practice reading at home to speed up the learning process, optional, but highly recommended
Why should we choose you over other tutoring center/clinic?
We have a 100% success rate in teaching students to learn how to read and spell (decoding and encoding) because we know what to teach and how to teach!
To teach means to give knowledge and to instruct and explain why and how to do it; randomly picking up books, words, and sentences and read them with/for your child is NOT teaching to read and spell.
We do NOT read and spell any words, sentences, or paragraphs/texts to all of our students, instead, our students will read and spell known and unknown words to us from the very moment they start their tutoring with us because we will give them the
BEST antidote for reading and spelling difficulties.
We will also address each of our student's specific reading and spelling difficulties as well as help him to develop his writing and comprehension skills in an individualized one-to-one instruction.
Individuals with dyslexia not only need a systematic and explicit instruction, but also an accurate practice; with our more than
100,000 fluency and structured word cards, in addition to our structured worksheets that we have made specifically for our students, each of our student will have the opportunity to practice at home to speed up the process of his learning. We will also create wordcards, if necessary, to address his specific reading and spelling issues- if you choose an individualized, one-to-one instruction.
Reading Specialist/Therapist is not an average or ordinary tutor/teacher but a highly skilled Reading Instructor for individuals with a specific learning disability (dyslexia) and with other disabilities/disorders such as ADHD and autism, etc.
She has a formal education in different learning disabilities studies where she graduated as SCHOLARS and has experience & training in different reading programs, instructions, methods, & approaches specializing in the treatment of dyslexia & with other learning disabilities & disorders, such as the Orton-Gillingham approach
To date, she has logged more than a thousand hours of interventions and remediations & all who have received her instruction have made significant and permanent gains
choose us, you choose a high-quality therapeutic tutoring service and you've made the right decision for your child, but the earlier you
act to start the
therapeutic tutoring the better off your child will be!
What forms of payment are accepted?
Any kind as long as it is fair for both parties and is valid.
Also, all of our services are prepaid and are made on a first-come, first served basis and will only be confirmed until the payment is received.
Payments can be made via Interac, cash ( $500,00 maximum, in-person only) or by cheque made out to the Multisensory Reading Clinic.
We do not accept PayPal and credit card payments at this time.
Do you offer French services?
As of this moment our services are only in English.
Our child has already his psychological evaluation, why does he need a reading assessment?
While providing us your child's psychological evaluation helps us to navigate his learning needs and learning style and informs us his grade level , it does not tell us what exactly to teach and how to teach your child.
Our Reading Assessment includes standardized and informal evaluations. It is the first step in identifying your child's specific reading, spelling, and comprehension difficulties. The test will also tell us what concepts of the English language your child knows. For example, it will tell us that he knows some of the sounds, so we can use those knowledge when he starts his session instead of starting from scratch; it saves time as well as it helps to boast your child's self-esteem i.e. He knows some of the English language sounds, he just does not know how to connect them.
Can you test our child for dyslexia?
Dyslexia is a specific learning disability that affects learning to read, spell, write and comprehend and usually the results of the reading assesment will tell us if your child has signs and symptoms of dyslexia.
Where do tutorials take place?
Via Skype as of this moment
You live far from us, can you come to our house?
As of this moment, all of our services are via SKYPE
Also, our lessons are individualized based on our students' specific learning needs and we are always on the look out for any reading, spelling, writing and/or comprehension difficulties or potential problems and all of our materials (worksheets, soundcards and more than 100,000 wordcards, etc.) to possibly help resolve our students' literacy issues as soon as possible, are within our reach, therefore it is beneficial for our students to receive our instruction at our
Do you offer a group tutoring?
As of this moment, due to our limited space, we can only offer a one-to-one intervention where your precious child has our trained Dylexia Reading Specialist/Therapist undivided attention and the whole session is dedicated exactly to what your child's specific learning needs and his capacity to learn. Thus, his progress and the process to close the 'gap' of your child's literacy needs between his peers would be faster than if he would be in our group tutoring.
And, YES, eventually we will be offering a group therapeutic tutoring and the cost would be approximately $75.00 per timeslot three times per week per child. But do not forget, with group tutoring, the progress of your child's reading and spelling, as well as writing and comprehension skills would not be faster than our individual tutoring, regardless of his capacity to learn. However, we have all the materials ( word list in a sheet of paper, and worksheets) for your child's learning needs. Let us know if you want to be on our
wait list and do not forget to mention " for group tutoring."
Do you give homework?
Yes, we do, optional, but highly recommended to do our homework.
The goal of the homework is to reinforce the learning of the concepts being taught at the clinic and to speed up the process of learning - to close the 'gap' between your child and his peers.
Also, learning to read is like learning to ride a bike or learning to swim or learning to play hockey and piano where an individual needs a lot of practice - accurate and proper practice in order to better himself, and the more severe learning difficulties the student has, the more accurate reading practice he needs to reach the fluency of the concept/s that have been taught. However, we recommend NOT to overdo the wordcard practice and must stop once the child shows exhaustion
With a deposit of $75.00 you can borrow our wordcards for your child to practice at home and if necessary, we can also provide your child free worksheets that we created for our students.
We do not lend any of our books to anyone outside of our clinic's parameter. Please do not ask
How do we start the therapeutic tutoring?
Step One. Read our Frequently Asked Questions before contacting us; this will help save our time.
Click here to be directed to our contact page and tell us about the individual/s who need our help and what do you want to know, such as your concern, etc. and/or if you want to speak with us. You can schedule a reading assessment right away if you know how we work. You also have an option to book a 30 minute - free initial appointment to come to our office. Bring with you the child who needs our help, we will ask him a few questions if he can learn to read.
Step Three: Schedule a
Reading Assessment service. The Reading Assessment service fee is $360 for three meetings; 2 evaluation meetings and 1 with parent/s to discuss the results, concerns, etc. Please note due to our hectic schedule, we can only offer a reading assessment service (without a written report) to our incoming students .
Half of the reading assessment fee via
Interac is DUE 24 hours before the reading assessment schedule of your child. The remaining balance is due 24 hours before the parent meeting. The payment is MANDATORY and is NON-REFUNDABLE and if you do NOT pay within a given time frame it means you are NOT interested to receive our services, therefore we have the right to give your reserved appointments to any of the students on our wait list.
Also, delayed payment/deposit means delayed appointment and will be based on our next available schedule. Again this payment is
Your child's psychological evaluation is a mandatory requirement for individuals with a specific language disability (dyslexia), do not forget to submit it along with your payment.
Step Four: After the assessment, the parent will meet with our Reading Specialist to discuss the results of the evaluation and recommendation. This is also the time where you can ask any further questions about your child's learning needs, concerns, etc. Then you have the option to avail our
therapeutic tutoring service.
Step Five: Your child's therapeutic tutoring has begun and he is on his way to becoming a lifelong inpedendent learner; you"ve made the best decision for your precious child - Congratulations!
Step Six: Inform the school of your child that we are helping him with his literacy needs as we think it is beneficial for him to let his school know that he is receiving our instruction.
Also, ask the school of your child to track his progress with us by assessing his reading and spelling skills like other schools do, before and after our
Multisensory Reading and Spelling Program.
And/or, like other parents do, ask your child's psychologist to track his progress with us before and after our Multisensory Reading and Spelling Program.
How do we know if you can help our child learn to read?
Not everyone can learn to read and we will know if your child can learn to read during his first reading assessment schedule. If he cannot learn to read, you will receive a 100% refund of your reading assessment service fee.
Can we start with a few sessions first?
Definitely, yes! As a matter of fact all of our new students must start with 15 initial sessions of our Multisensory Reading & Spelling Program.
If you would like to continue with our program and you want additional sessions to retain your child's spots, you need to let us know before your child's 6th session or else we will give his spots to the students on our wait list.
How do we know if we need your therapeutic tutoring service?
A few reasons why our therapeutic tutoring is beneficial for your child:
1. Your child cannot read unknown words in a classroom setting/school system and he falls further behind from his peers
2. He has been in other tutoring services, learning centers and/or literacy clinic and he still cannot read words that he has not seen.
3. He does not know how to connect the sounds even if he knows some of the sounds.
4. He has decoding and/or blending difficulties to read or even speak such as blot, draft, prompt, chipmunks,juncture, adamant etc.
5. He tends to guess words such as he reads the words
ham because the word
rat looks similar to the word
rot, the word
rid looks similar to the word
red, the word
dig looks similar to the word
big (b/d, d/b confusion) and the word
han looks similar to the word
6. He has difficulty in spelling and/or his spelling is horrible.
Do not further damage your child's self-esteem and confidence.
Contact us immediately!
But our child can read, he just cannot comprehend...
Parents who have asked for our help thought that their child can read, and/or their child can only read poorly.
We may assume that the problem is one of comprehension but the child actually cannot read because he can only read words that he has seen, therefore, he might have been memorizing those words.
To help you solve this mystery, have your child evaluated by a psychologist as soon as possible, but remember NOT all psychologists can diagnose dyslexia, ASK your child psychologist if s/he can help your child with this matter.
Also, as his parent, you can do this at home for the time being:
1. Ask your child to read words that he has not seen. If he cannot read those words, then he cannot read: ziv, fab, blab, scram, cule, pute, barren, bispid, etc.
2. He cannot decode words. i.e he read
from or vice versa,
3. His spelling is horrible. he can only spell words that he has seen.
Difficulties with word recognition, accuracy, speed and fluency - all contribute to poor reading and greatly affect reading comprehension; thus, word recognition and fluency problems MUST be explicitly addressed in literacy instruction
Contact us today!
The rates of other tutoring centers are cheaper than yours why should we choose you?
While it sounds cheaper, it does not mean it is really cheap in the long run, instead it could even be more expensive both financially and psychologically for individuals with dyslexia.
1. Does your child's tutor give appropriate instruction, strategies, rules, and techniques of the English language or he is just reading words and sentences with/for your child because that is NOT teaching to read and/or spell.
2. From the very beginning of the lesson, your child's tutor should not only teach your child the appropriate sounds but also, he should give your child the strategies and techniques to connect and pull out the sounds so that your child can start learning to accurately read and spell minimal words, known and unknown, such as zim, vox, rub, bap, bet.
3. Once your child has reached the fluency level of the minimal words, your child's tutor should instruct and give strategies and techniques on how to appropriately pull out and put back longer words so that your child can read longer words independently and teaching how to spell longer words should follow immediately.
4. Finally, if your child has been in that tutoring for more than 15 sessions and he still cannot connect the sounds and cannot read and his reading and spelling difficulties have not addressed appropriately, then your are not only wasting all of your resources, but also you are not helping your child to better himself and if it goes on like that for a longer period of time, the damage to your child's self-esteem and confidence could be irrevocable.
Contact us, your decision today is your child's tomorrow!
Our child is very far behind in reading compared to his peers, can you help him catch up faster to his grade level?
At Multisensory Reading Clinic, our goal is as always, to help your child achieve his reading level as fast as he can, but we must consider his well-being.
Our Multisensory Reading and Spelling Program is based on your child's specific needs and his capacity to learn, meaning we cannot teach him concepts more than he can handle or else he will 'melt down.'
In addition, each lesson is linked to the next lesson, therefore he needs to achieve the previous lesson's fluency or else he will find the next lesson too difficult, again he will 'melt down.'
Also, if you cannot digest the information when we explained to you the concept that your child has recently learned so that you can help him at home, how is it possible then for your child who has just started learning to read, to absorb more instructions than you do?
However, as parents you can help maximize the learning of your child by not ignoring the following tips:
1) Make sure he is not tired and is well rested and not hungry before his tutoring session so that he is alert and can give his full attention to the Tutor
2) Practice the assigned concepts i.e. wordscards that we have let you borrowed for your child, but do not overdo it. We usually tell parents how much practice the child needs and how often, or else ask us when you pick up your child after his tutoring.
Why your rate is higher than other tutoring centers who are also using Orton-Gillingham?
Our therapeutic tutoring service fee is similar to those who are offering professional therapeutic services who had received formal education and similar training like us.
While it is easy to find tutors or tutoring centers who are also using "Orton-Gillingham", they do not have the same way of teaching like we do because we have created our own reading program.
Our Multisensory Reading and Spelling Program is a well-designed and well-implemented individualized instruction for a one-to-one therapeutic tutoring. It is based on your child's specific learning needs and his capacity to learn.
To help you choose a tutor or tutoring center for your child who has not learned to read and spell in a regular school you need to ask the tutor:
How can you help my child to read and spell?
If your child's tutor, regardless if he said, he has an Orton-Gillingham training or is using an Orton-Gillingham approach, will just read words, sentences, or paragraphs to your child, then, the tutor is NOT teaching your child to read and spell, but is only helping him to memorize words and you too can do that.
Your child's tutor MUST teach the rules, and the strategies of the langauge (Engish/French, etc.) your child needs to learn to read and spell. The instruction MUST be well-structured, direct, cumulative, explicit and
multisensory to get the best result of learning.
Finally, while learning to read and spell depend on the capacity of your child to learn, you MUST notice any improvement of your child's reading and spelling skills within, at least, 15 sessions; for example, your child must be able to connect some sounds and can read and spell some minimal words such as "rag" "sap" "mad" even if he has not seen these words.
If NOT, not only you are wasting your resources, but also you are NOT helping your child to better himself.
When can we see the difference of your reading and spelling program?
During your child's first session.
EXCEPTION: If your child had received the same instruction like we do and we will find it during his reading assessment. In this case, we will continue his lessons based on what he has learned
But do NOT expect your child will reach his grade level in just a few sessions because there is no such thing as
''quick fix reading and spelling intervention/remediation,'' let alone for individuals with dyslexia and with other disabilities and disorders.
It takes several years of formal schooling with approximately 180 hours ( one school year) of reading instruction in each grade level for students without disabilities/disorders. So if your child has not learned to read at school and he has other disabilities and disorders in addition to language difficulty, how would it be possible for him to reach his grade level faster?
Even parents are confused when we told them the concept that their child needs practice at home, then how would it be attainable for a child to learn quickly who has just started learning to read and spell?
Therefore, be realistic with your expectation for your child.
We cannot afford your rate, but we need your help for our child who struggles to read, what should we do?
We are well aware that a fairly large amount of students in our society struggles to read, spell and comprehend and many of them would learn to read, spell and comprehend much better if they have the help they need.
We also know that teaching students to learn how to read, write, spell and comprehend is the foremost
responsibility of school and the Ministry of Education of Quebec and NOT parents, so our dear parents, do NOT blame yourself.
As part of our commitement for students who do not have the resources to avail the appropriate literacy instruction we extended our services to all public schools and your child's school knows our services: English Montreal School Board, (EMSB), Lester B. Pearson School Board (LBPSB) and Sir WIlfred Laurier School Board (SWLSB) with the following:
Multisensory Reading System Student Workbooks
Multisensory Reading System Workshops for teachers
We have also reached out the
Ministry of Education of Quebec
Jean-Francois Roberge for your child's literacy needs, thus we are doing our share, it is now your turn to do your share because your decision today is your child's tomorrow!
We are also in the process of offering the
blended online self-learning courses for parents who do not have resources for their child's literacy needs.
Can our child learn better by Skype than your on-site one-to-one tutoring?
Our one-to one instruction in person is multisensory. We use the "I do," "We do," and "You do," method and we can see what the student is doing as well as we are using his time efficiently.
While Skype or any other online learning platforms make learning available for students who cannot come to our place, the process of learning requires a much greater amount of time than our on-site person-to-person instruction.
Furthermore, while we can still apply the multisensory approach to learning, we cannot see what the student is doing, such as tracing the sounds and/or scooping the syllable to reinforce his learning.
Therefore, instruction via online of any platforms cannot surpass the effectiveness of our on-site person-to-person method of therapeutic tutoring
Once everything is back to normal, we will offer a combination of both, Skype and on-site instruction. Instruction via Skype two to three times per week and on-site one or two times per week, depending on your plan.
Skype is ideal for the weekdays to save time from travelling back and forth and to avoid traffic and exhaustion. On-site is ideal for Saturdays for review and to change the word card packs that we let our students borrow from us.