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Conquer Dyslexia and SOAR!​​​​​​​​

For you have been my help, and in the shadow of your wings I will sing for joy. Psalm 63:7

It is possible for those with dyslexia and learning disabilities to learn to read, write, perform math calculations, spell accurately, remember assignments, develop an excellent vocabulary, comprehend what they are reading, and complete assignments on time.

In short, it is possible to overcome dyslexia and learning disabilities and take flight,
soaring into the future with hope and success. And who does not want help? When given the help needed, they can indeed sing for joy. Parents and teachers, among others, do want this for all children! 

​"Two great things you can give your chidren: one is roots,
the other is wings." —Hodding Carter

Roots are given by parents in particular, and by community in general: heritage, character, and the supportive foundation for each child's life. Wings can be developed and strengthened, and the art of flying can be learned. Every child can soar with joy. Come and join me in this adventure.
What Is Dyslexia? Fact vs. Fiction
​​There are many misconceptions about dyslexia, what it is and isn't, and the graphic above clears up some of these. Dyslexia is not a problem of intelligence, motivation, hearing, or vision; it is a difference in how the brain receives and processes information related to language and reading. It is not something that one can "grow out of", so delaying help in learning to read will only cause a child to fall farther behind their peers. Dyslexia occurs on a sliding scale, from 'mild', to 'moderate', 'severe', and even 'profound'. All dyslexics (depending on associated conditions) can benefit from a simultaneously multisensory explicit and systematic phonics program, as are the Orton-Gillingham influenced reading programs, including the Barton Reading & Spelling System, which is the main system wingsTutor uses.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

​Continue reading "What is Dyslexia"  here.

“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”Albert Einstein
To view a 5-slide PowerPoint Presentation giving details about Dyslexia, please visit here.  

Symptoms of Dyslexia: What to Look For
People with dyslexia can have varying symptoms, because someone with mild to moderate dyslexia will not display as many difficulties as someone with severe or profound dyslexia. Additionally, varying symptoms may be evident in different stages of life. (This list is not meant to be comprehensive. For complete information please see ​​​​​​ here  (6).)

​​​​​Continue reading "Symptoms of Dyslexia" here.
​​​​​​​​​​​​The Strengths of the Dyslexic Brain
In this 17 minute video, advocate and educator Dean Bragonier discusses the amazing giftedness of those with dyslexia. Did you know, 1 out of 2 "rocket scientists" are dyslexic! A large percentage of the most successful architects, engineers, and entreprenuers are dyslexic. Unfortunately, a large percentage of the prison population is also dyslexic: they are the ones who have become convinced they were too stupid to continue learning, and in anger, shame, and humiliation, unnecessarily gave up. 
​Continue reading "Dyslexia Strengths" here.

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​How wingsTutor Can Help You
wingsTutor is a small tutoring service for those who struggle with reading, math, spelling, comprehension, and writing. It is based on one-on-one personal interaction with a trained and qualified tutor. It is necessary for a struggling student to spend a minimum of two hours per week in instruction in order to be able to absorb and retain all the new information they are receiving. This 'brain training' does not happen overnight. Please see additional information on the page, wingsTutor
​​​​​​​​​​​​​​These Are My Students
I am a specialist who teaches those who struggle with reading, math, spelling, comprehension, and writing. If your child can read but is just a little bit behind, you may not need a reading specialist. A regular tutor who charges less can help your child catch up. If your child has missed school due to a family emergency or illness (for example), a regular tutor will be able to monitor and manage your child's homework assignments and you will not require a specialist. If your child's handwriting is messy but still legible, or if you simply want to improve their spelling or math skills, you will not need a specialist such as wingsTutor. So, let me tell you a little bit about the students who do need my help. 
​​​Continue reading ​"These Are My Students"  here.
If people understood their own dyslexia,
this is what they would want you to know:

I am NOT stupid or lazy!
I can still shine in many ways.
When I "get it", it sticks.
Smaller steps are much easier for me.
Sometimes I just need to work in a different way.
I do get frustrated; please be patient.
My dyslexia affects more than just my literacy skills.
Visual reminders help me remember.
Noises can be distracting; I like to work in a quiet place.
My dyslexia does not define who I am, or who I want to be.
Advocacy & Accommodations For Dyslexia
If 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 need regular doctor visits, special medicine, an EpiPen, syringes, and possibly several visits to the emergency room—when it is most inconvenient.  You would learn everything possible about their condition so that you could help them the most. You would want to talk to your neighbors, friends, teachers and others who had regular contact with your child, to alert them to watch out for your child when you weren't around: you would give them specific information and instructions on 'what to do if...' so that your child would be cared for when you weren't available. You would be very specific and very insistant that your child definitely *requires* these exact accommodations to save their life! You would stand up to "Mr. Brash" who decided that it wouldn't hurt your child to have 'just one' Snickers bar—because your child's life depends on following specific guidelines. Would you be ashamed of a child who had such medical needs? Of course not! Would you be embarassed by and for them? Of course not!​​
​​​Continue reading about ​​ "Advocacy and Accommodations"​ here.
“There's a limit that you will not be able to go past if you do not understand the importance of reading.” —Eric Thomas
Other Learning Disabilities
​​Let me restate that although I have st​udied learning disabilities in depth, I do not have a degree in LD and do not consider myself to be an expert. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​My desire in sharing this information here is simply to inform you of other difficulties besides dyslexia. More detailed information regarding other learning difficulties can be found on the webpages wings ADHD and wings LD .

When a child of normal intelligence fails to master the basic schooled skills of
​thinking, listening, speaking, reading, spelling, writing, and math,

they are considered to have a learning disability. 

There are many learning disabilities that come under that definition, and for some, the Barton Reading & Spelling System is not the most effective. The graphic below does not encompass all learning difficulties, and there are many shown. It can seem overwhelming to a lay person, which is why it is strongly suggested that if you suspect a learning disability, you should speak with a doctor, teacher and/or school administrator who can set you on the right path to understanding their needs and receiving appropriate help  (7).

It is common that a person would have more than one problem area. For instance, someone with dyslexia may also have dysgraphia, APD or ADHD. An excellent comprehensive overview video of learning disabilities from understood.org can be found here (8). (Information about my personal struggles can be found on the webpage wings ADHD , and detailed information regarding other learning differences can be found at wings LD .)

​The Barton Reading & Spelling System is not recommended for disabilities related to autism spectrum disorders, emotional disturbances, visual and auditory processing disorders, or physical affectations that require surgery and/or medical intervention, such as dysphasia (the inability to speak or understand words due to a brain lesion). Dyscalculia (difficulty with numbers) and dysgraphia (difficulty with writing) are not specifically addressed by the Barton system, but these conditions are definitely helped by The Barton System and other multisensory programs.  

There ARE ways to help those who have other disabilities. For instance, comprehension and executive function disabilities can be greatly improved with training in using graphic organizers; ADHD students can be helped by classroom accommodations, bullet organizers, and sometimes ​​changes in environment and diet. (14) Dyscalculia can be overcome using a multisensory system that teaches math, such as Stern Math and The Dyscalculia Toolkit by Ronit Bird. Ask if wingsTutor can help with your specific area of concern.  

wings Tutor uses materials to benefit and accommodate a specific child's needs. A professional such as an educational therapist can give guidance regarding methods and systems that will help a student overcome these and other disabilities. There are professionals who are aware of, and trained in, all the systems that can help all learning disabilities (7).​

Links Referenced Above

Although you can simply click on the link in the text, some of the links have notes attached (below) that may be helpful.
  1. < http://brightsolutions.us > This site has extensive information under the tab 'What Is Dyslexia?' Highly recommended.
  2. < https://www.understood.org/en/learning-attention-issues/getting-started/what-you-need-to-know/learning-and-attention-issues-fast-facts >  Information on symptoms of different learning disabilities; a good place to start if you suspect a problem but don't know what it might be.
  3. < http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/1351080/Request-for-Tutor-List >
    ​Find a certified Barton tutor or a certified Remote tutor
  4. < https://bartonreading.com/tutors/#bat > Become a Barton tutor
  5. < https://bartonreading.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/Used-Levels.pdf > Get pre-owned levels at a discount
  6. < http://www.dys-add.com/resources/RecentResearch/DysWarningSigns.pdf > Learning problems to watch for
  7. < http://brightsolutions.us > Go to the tab 'How to Get Help' , in the section 'Testing'
  8. < https://www.understood.org/en/learning-attention-issues/getting-started/what-you-need-to-know/video-an-overview-of-different-kinds-of-learning-disabilities > overview of different learning disabilities
  9. < https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_dPyzFFcG7A > excellent video on the true gifts of the dyslexic
  10. < http://www.dys-add.com/getHelp.html#anchorTechTools > all kinds of tech tools, with links to video demos
  11. Check out all the excellent resources at this site.
  12. Dyslexic thinking as a strength.
  13. Advocating for our children.