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Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic!

​​​Learning disabilities.
Math difficulties.
Reading disorders.
Writing; comprehension; processing problems.
How do you know how to help your child—
or maybe yourself? Where do you start?
These are hard questions,
especially if your child is struggling in school.



Welcome! This is the introductory page for my tutoring business, wingsTutor.com.

​My name is Cathie Ochoa, and I have been a Barton Reading & Spelling System Specialist for the past two years, which has been immensely satisfying and incredibly rewarding. I have a Bachelor's degree in Child Development, and I'm working towards my Master's degree in Special Education/Reading. I have also done extensive reading and research, and attended multiple seminars and webinars on dyslexia and learning disabilities.

While I realize I am not an expert, I love being a tutor! 







DISCLAIMER:

The content of these pages is for informational purposes only. I do not give advice or make diagnoses, nor do I guarantee results from anything posted here—although I am convinced, through my extensive personal research and six-plus-decades of experience, that the things I write are valid and deserve serious consideration. I hope you enjoy. All content is copywrited; however, you are free to share on social media, as long as you credit me, Cathie Ochoa, or the original author, and link back to the page from which you are sharing.


I can be contacted by clicking on the link below and sending me an email: [email protected] ​​

Cathie was a tremendous help to my grandsons.

- Millie B., Quicksburg, Virginia

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​How wingsTutor Can Help You
​​wingsTutor is trained in the Barton Reading & Spelling System, and slow and frustrated readers using this system are meeting with great success. This is an effective, one-on-one tutoring system for children, teenagers, and adults who struggle with spelling, reading and writing. It is an Orton-Gillingham influenced simultaneously multisensory explicit and systematic phonics program—and the most highly rated system for teaching those with dyslexia. I also use other systems as determined by the child's needs, such as Handwriting Without Tears, Ronit Bird's Dyscalculia Toolkit, IEW's Fix It! Grammar, Building Comprehension, and I have had training and practice in the use of graphic organizers.
​​ R​​​​​esearch has shown that as many as 1 in 5 people are affected by dyslexia or a learning disability. It isn't embarassing or demeaning to get help. Reading is basic to all learning, and the foundation must be strong or the building will eventually crumble. 

95% of reading failure is preventable! By using appropriate reading systems and well-trained teachers and tutors, it is possible to overcome the obstacles to learning presented by dyslexia and other learning disabilities. 

The research clearly shows that we KNOW HOW to teach children to learn to read; we KNOW what works, and it works for 95% of children. We KNOW HOW to teach children who have math difficulties, and those who have trouble writing letters on paper, and those who can't seem to comprehend what they have just read.










​​Unfortunately, most public schools have difficulty acknowledging unseen learning disabilities; although the teachers sincerely desire to help all their students, many times even the word "dyslexia" is anathema to administrators and school boards. They encourage parents to "wait and see"; to try other approaches to learning problems; to see if their child will "outgrow" their difficulties. For more than 90% of these children, other approaches don't work, with the result that children get further and further behind their peers, finally ending up in special education classes, which also don't work. By fifth grade, most of these students are convinced that they are simply too dumb to learn anything, including how to read. And without being able to read, it is very difficult to learn other subjects. Many go through school with little more than a third-grade reading ability, and "graduate" with a Certificate of Completion—not a diploma. How do you get a job with that?

As parents, this should be concerning, and for most it is. Please don't consign your child to "the system." It shouldn't be this way, but if parents don't stand up and demand something better for their children, it won't happen. Until the schools get on board and start obeying the law, only you, as parents, can protect your children's education. The schools won't teach your children the way they can learn, so you must go outside the school to get the help they need. That's where wingsTutor, and many other services, come into the picture. This is something you can do for your children,  for their future success. 

We're lucky we found her. Our son was getting further and
further behind in school. Now he is progressing rapidly.
Miss Cathie can handle his bad days too! 

- Tim & Mary R., Mt. Jackson, Virginia

The progress my daughter has made is nothing
short of amazing! We couldn't be more pleased.

- Meghan M., Luray, Virginia

The Tutoring Details
Effective dyslexia tutoring requires a commitment from all involved. Since the brain of a dyslexic functions differently (not "wrong" or "poorly", just "differently"), much of the tutoring is aimed at rewiring the brain circuits to use areas that haven't been utilized. This under-use has caused a 'glitch' in systematic information processing, making reading, spelling, math and comprehension confusing and difficult. A student must have a minimum of 2 hours of one-on-one intensive instruction weekly, in order for them to absorb and retain the new information they are learning. It's similar to tearing down an unsafe building, pouring a new foundation, and carefully and skillfully rebuilding. It is not an instant 'fix', and your child will not start reading perfectly after the first few lessons. More intensive instruction, 3-5 hours weekly, is the best way to 'speed through' the program.
















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The Barton Reading & Spelling System consists of ten levels of instruction, and each level has several lessons. The first two levels go fairly quickly, and most students finish these two levels in just a few weeks. However, a student is never 'pushed' or pressured to 'learn quickly' and is always allowed to go at their own pace. These levels are comparable to building a foundation for a house; we start from the ground up. At the end of Level 2 the student will understand several basic concepts, all the short vowel sounds, and all the consonant and digraph sounds. They will also be practicing their writing and comprehension skills. This does not make them able to read at their grade level, however. It is important to note that the levels do not correspond to a grade level—Level 1 is not First Grade, Level 2 is not Second Grade, and so on. In my personal tutoring experience, the child is the first to notice definite improvements. The tools they are given in tutoring allow them to immediately improve in recognition, decoding, spelling, and comprehension, even if they are not yet at grade level. This provides an incredible boost in self-esteem and confidence, as they realize they can now do things they couldn't before. Reading begins to make sense to them. 

It is worthwhile to note that most dyslexic children above the second grade are already suffering from anger, shame, humiliation, and low self-esteem and discouragement (if not outright depression) due to their inability to read as well as their peers. They often require a serious conversation about the nature of their dyslexia: how it is affecting their ability to read, but not their intelligence, and that they are not 'trying to find excuses', 'stupid', or 'lazy'. At wingsTutor I am happy to provide this service, since there is an almost immediate improvement in the child's attitude towards themselves and towards learning to read. They start to believe it is possible!​

Although it takes time to move from level to level, it is normal to finish all ten levels within (roughly) three years, taking the student up to grade 9.5 (first year of high school). It is common for a Barton student to start at the bottom of their reading class and move up to the top of their class over a fairly short period of time (some in less than one year!). There are no quick fixes or instant successes, but there is opportunity to overcome dyslexia and succeed in learning to read well. The benefits of this system do not dissipate, slow down or end after the tutoring is completed; the skills learned become permanent and the student learns to enjoy reading and will continue to progress on their own.

We request an initial parental interview (free) discussing your child's needs; answering any questions you may have; determining details regarding place and time of tutoring; reviewing a simple tutoring agreement; and expounding specifics of the parents' role and the services provided by the tutor. There is also a short, simple (free) screening for the student which will clarify if the Barton Reading & Spelling system will fit their needs and be truly beneficial for them. 

Our family has been richly blessed by the wonderful work Cathie Ochoa has done with our dyslexic granddaughter. With her skilled help our granddaughter is flourishing, and her self-esteem—and her report card—are greatly improved. I highly recommend wingsTutor. With years of experience and knowledge coupled with obvious love for her work and for her students, she kindly and gently works miracles for learning disabled children.

- Tresha Ward, Luray, Virginia

She knows how to help my son. He doesn't feel stupid now; he's enjoying school, and I don't worry about him dropping out anymore. 

- Shara S., Timberville, Virginia

What About The Cost?
Suppose your child had a medical condition, such as diabetes or a peanut allergy; you would be willing to do whatever it would take to make and keep them healthy and safe. You would do whatever needed to be done to get them all the help they needed, no matter how many professionals you had to call on, no matter what the cost.

Tutoring is an investment in the future. It can be expensive, but so is illness; so are lessons in gymnastics, karate, or music and dance. Here are some suggestions and tips to help make it more affordable:

  • Group sessions are not effective, since each individual learns at their own rate, and no one can progress faster than the slowest learner in any particular group. Get a list of tutors in your area ( see link (3)), and compare rates.  Remote tutoring is now an available option, also here (3). 
  • You can become a Barton tutor yourself, since complete training is provided with the system materials. Please see link (4) to learn more about this option. However, most busy parents find it is worthwhile to have an experienced tutor teaching their child—especially one who has studied dyslexia and learning disabilities.
  • Parents who are dyslexic may benefit from being tutored themselves, at which point they could then tutor their own children. This is a great option especially for homeschool families. Second-hand course materials are available at a reduced rate through some homeschool associations, at online auction sites, or here (5). ​
  • Public schools in most states are now required to provide specific assistance for dyslexia students and may be convinced (by determined and patient parents) to purchase and use the Barton Reading & Spelling System, although to the best of my knowledge that is rare, and this option may still be a few years into the future. (Since it is a one-on-one tutoring system, it is difficult for a school system to justify the expense; however, once they see how effective it is, funds can be found.)​ Perhaps your child's school will have a list of tutors you could call to compare rates and availability. Check with the teachers and administrators and find out what your school has available for your child. 

I thought tutoring was too expensive until I did the research online. Miss Cathie is very reasonable, and for my daughter to learn to read, it is worth the sacrifice. Last week my daughter read to me from her favorite book; she was so proud to be able to read! And I was proud for her.  We've been with Miss Cathie for about 10 months.  It's a great match, and my daughter is the winner.

- Josh T., Broadway, Virginia

There is a standard fee per week (a minimum of two hours per week is required). Discounts may be applied to your rate, depending on the agreement between the parents and wingsTutor. Tutoring sessions are standing appointments. Fees are charged on a monthly basis.
 
wingsTutor offers family discounts for more than one child, flexible hours, flexible locations, and free screening. Give me a call, 540.896.4983, and let's get started.

For a listing of comparable rates charged around the country, please see here.

​About Me

After receiving my bachelor's degree, I taught public school students in Iowa before moving east. In my previous lives, besides being a school teacher, I have been an office manager, graphic artist, art director, computer systems anaylst, taxi cab driver, and school bus driver. And now I love being a tutor for those who struggle with reading and learning disabilities.

I am a Barton Reading & Spelling System Specialist, tutoring dyslexic and learning-challenged students, on the page wingsReading. This page includes a bounty of information regarding dyslexia.

I have ADHD with Executive Function Disorder. Information about my struggles
and help for others with ADHD can be found at wingsADHD.

Other learning disabilities/differences/difficulties/disorders/deficits and ways to help
are discussed in some detail on the page wingsLD.

When you start to wonder what happens next, you can check out the page Next Steps. While not comprehensive, you will be pointed in the right direction to know how to proceed to be able to help your child learn. There is a section on IEPs and 504s covering learning and classroom accommodations; a special section for helping your child navigate emotional and social obstacles; advocacy; and detailed resources. 

You can use the PowerPoint Presentations tab to review important points on specific learning disabilities.

In the near future I will be able to help those outside my area via remote tutoring.
I will keep you updated on this page.

On a more personal note, I have been an active member of our church for many years, discipling and mentoring young women, and working with the children's ministry. I currently live in the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia with my husband and our son.


Contact Me

  • You may contact me through email: [email protected]  
  • Due to time constraints, I request that only those interested in tutoring assistance contact me by phone (landline), 540.896.4983.  Please leave a message with the best time to call back and I will do so at the earliest possible availability
  • ​My Facebook page is [email protected], and you may leave a message there if you wish