Dyslexia Coach of N.J., LLC

Jennifer K. Slaight

Certified Dyslexia Specialist
Monmouth County, N.J.
Bergen County, Somerset County, Ocean County, Middlesex County

Private tutors for children & adults

JenSlaight@gmail.com
(732) 882.9695
Best Reading tutor in NJ 

Tutoring Program
for people with reading and spelling difficulties

Scientific research recommends an Orton-Gillingham based system as the most effective way to improve the reading, writing and spelling skills of people with dyslexia.

This is the ONLY reading program
 your child will ever need!

We get the words  off the page.

A multi-sensory approach to learning by getting the words off the page 

Many people learn best with a hands on approach.

Retention of learned material, using this method, is greatly improved.

In fact, dyslexics are superior in retaining information when taught in this manner.


What happens to struggling readers
who don't get help?


We teach spelling as strongly as reading but we also teach:

  • grammar A young students benefits from our dyslexia tutoring program

  • basic
    punctuation

  • fluency

  • prosody (inflection)

  • and morphology (unit of language).

People with dyslexia learn best by using a multi-sensory approach involving all of their senses:

visual, auditory, tactile and kinesthetic.


Our approach is to avoid the traditional 2-dimensional teaching which requires strong short-term memory skills, where dyslexics are notoriously weak.

Instead, we teach students how to read and write without memorization and focus on their strong 3-dimensional visualization ability. We use hands-on practices, with an Orton-Gillingham based system to improve phonemic awareness.

Like rungs on a ladder, learning in a traditional school setting resembles this straightforward approach.

As you learn, you move up the ladder, one step at a time.  Not all students learn best this way.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dyslexic students need repetition (multi-sensory repetition, not redundant traditional methods) to retain material so their path to learning is different.  It's a much more creative approach.

 

Once this approach to learning is identified, it can be accommodated.


It is never too late to greatly improve the reading, spelling and writing skills of someone with dyslexia.

We tutor adults of all ages and children 
starting at age 5.


What Is Taught?

  • Phonemic Awareness
    breaking words into individual sounds then putting them back together

  • The Sound System
    sound symbol association

  • Syllable Instruction
    7 syllable types with unique vowel patterns

  • Meaningful Word Parts
    root words, prefixes & suffixes

  • Grammar and Syntax

  • Word Meaning

 

How It's Taught?

  • Simultaneous Multisensory Instruction: Research has shown that dyslexic people who use all of their senses when they learn (visual, auditory, tactile and kinesthetic) are better able to store and retrieve the information. So, a beginning dyslexic student might see the letter A, say its name and sound, and write it in the air -- all at the same time.

  • Intense Instruction with Ample Practice: Instruction for dyslexic students must be much more intense, and offer much more practice, than for regular readers.

  • Direct, Explicit Instruction: Dyslexic students do not intuit anything about written language. So, you must teach them, directly and explicitly, each and every rule that governs our written words.

  • Systematic and Cumulative: By the time most dyslexic students are identified, they are usually quite confused about our written language. Therefore, you must go back to the very beginning and create a solid foundation with no holes. 

  • Synthetic and Analytic: Dyslexic students must be taught both how to take the individual letters or sounds and put them together to form a word (synthetic), as well as how to look at a long word and break it into smaller pieces (analytic).

  • Diagnostic Teaching: The teacher must continuously assess their student's understanding of, and ability to apply the rules. The teacher must ensure the student is not simply recognizing a pattern and blindly applying it.




Rates and Scheduling

Each session is 45 minutes.

A minimum of 2 sessions per week is required.

The child most likely to benefit from our style of one-on-one tutoring, often spends hours studying for Friday's spelling test, yet cannot retain those spelling words from one week to the next.

They cannot spell when writing sentences and stories, not even those high frequency words like: because, friend, and does.  They will even misspell the same word, differently within the same paragraph.

When they write, they just can't seem to remember that a sentence has to start with a capital letter and there has to be punctuation.

Even though the child CAN read, they have great difficulty sounding out an unknown word, despite being taught phonics.

They have enormous difficulty memorizing things like their address and phone number as well as their math facts, multiplication tables and have trouble with long division.  They often have a very odd pencil grip and poor penmanship and even find tying their shoes challenging.

That's the type of student we specialize in and they are likely to be dyslexic. 

Each session is 45 minutes and is $85 dollars per session. 

If your child is only struggling with reading comprehension, then you don't need our specialized services.  Virtually any reading tutor and even commercial learning centers will be able to assist you. 

Our screening and diagnostic tests will provide valuable information on how your child learns best.

Tutoring sessions are held at the following offices:

  • Shrewsbury, New Jersey 
  • Manalapan, New Jersey 

Peak hours of operation are:

Monday - Thursday 2pm to 7pm

Friday's are usually reserved for make-up sessions

JenSlaight@gmail.com
(732) 882-9695



A Complete Self Help Guide For Dyslexia

2012/12/26 By Karen

 

Definition Of Dyslexia

Dyslexia is a difficulty in learning how to read that is not explained by medical conditions such as far-sightedness or cognitive impairment.  Specifically, dyslexia is caused by an inability to connect letters with the sounds that they represent, which is called “a lack of phonemic awareness.”

Phonemes are the speech sounds that combine to form words – there are about 44 phonemes in the English language.  For example, the word “car” has three phonemes: the “k” sound, the “ah” sound and the “r” sound.  English is especially tricky because one letter may have many sounds, and one sound may be represented by several possible letters.

So how do we teach phonics to a person who has difficulty interpreting phonemes?

The answer is: with creativity and repetition.

The Role of Phonology

In the world of dyslexia, it is necessary to return again and again to the very basics of phonics and “sounding out” words – even in adulthood, since reading fluency is often a lifelong problem.  The place to start is to learn the alphabet, not by the names of the letters, but by the sounds they make.  Songs and videos with a phonetic alphabet like the one below are widely available.

The next step is to practice saying and memorize the most common words  in the English language.  About 50% of all written material is made up of the 100 most frequent words, so reading fluency depends on learning words such as “the,” “no,” “on,” “like” and “open.”

For longer words, a student must learn to break down words into semantic or syntactic chunks.  For example, an ending of “-s” or “-es” signifies a plural noun or a third person singular verb.  A prefix of “un-” indicates some type of negative meaning.

If a person can learn to read and understand part of a word, then the rest of the word can be dissected, too.  Latin is sometimes recommended to high school students with dyslexia, because every word in a Latin sentence must be broken down into prefix, stem, infix and suffix to unlock the meaning.

A Multi-Sensory Approach

The mechanics of word-building must be experienced through all of the senses.  The senses reinforce the learning process by activating different parts of the brain.  Here are some sensory approaches that can be incorporated into reading:

Vision:

Use a transparent colored sheet on top of the text you are reading.  Sometimes the black and white contrast makes it hard to read.  Also use colored index cards for flash cards – you can color-code for parts of speech (nouns on pink cards, verbs on blue cards, etc.) or for the number of phonemes in a word (green for 2 phoneme words, yellow for 3 phoneme words, etc.).

Hearing:

Bring music into lessons – learn the lyrics to a new song or watch music videos with subtitles.  Recite poetry and dramatic speeches, record them and play them back.

Smell and Taste:

If “apple” is your sight word of the day, eat an apple during the lesson.  If you’re talking about the sound of the letter “p,” take a whiff of black pepper.  Scented candles are usually on clearance in the last week of December, so now is the perfect time to stock up new scents.

Touch:

Make words out of sandpaper or cotton balls or modeling clay or other materials with unusual textures.

Vestibular and Balance:

Recite the phonetic alphabet while swinging or jumping on a trampoline.

Proprioceptive and Kinesthetic:

Crawl or do the wheelbarrow walk while spelling sight words aloud.  Do sit-ups or yoga stretches while sounding out words posted on the wall in front of you.

Visual-Motor Skills

Sometimes visual processing or tracking skills may be a contributing factor to dyslexia.  A developmental optometrist may diagnose convergence insufficiency, the inability to move the eyes inward together to focus on a nearby object such as a book.  Fortunately there are many exercises to retrain the eyes and develop better focus and eye-hand coordination.

Bal-A-Vis-X exercises  can be integrated into a classroom environment or done at home as a family.  Therapy Street For Kids also recommends dozens of activities to strengthen visual motor skills, including fine motor, gross motor and academic strategies like using graph paper instead of lined paper for homework.

Focus on Positive Traits

Many people with dyslexia learn to compensate in original ways for their difficulty with reading fluency – so it makes sense to build upon these strengths while teaching reading. Creative problem-solving skills can be developed with mazes, crossword puzzles and mindbender games.

Drama is a natural outlet for people with dyslexia, because there is a set text to work with and repeat.  Recitation allows an individual to explore the subtleties of language and play with meaning through intonation, gesture, eye contact and costuming.

Vocal performance has the same benefits with the added element of music, which is not processed in the same part of the brain as language.  The goal is to establish new connections between different parts of the brain and different types of thinking.


Creative Learning Style
more about multi-sensory learning


Overcoming Dyslexia

Sally Shaywitz, author of “Overcoming Dyslexia,” writes about the importance of choosing a supportive literacy curriculum and following through with it.  

Dyslexia Tutor  
    Reading & Spelling Tutor
    Certified Dyslexia Specialist

As a Dyslexia Specialist, I understand the need for a multi-sensory teaching approach which accommodates different learning styles.  As an adult living with dyslexia, I also know how frustrating, tedious and mundane that learning process can be.

As a result, I believe in a non-evasive teaching philosophy while introducing real world applications. 

Any Orton-Gillingham system will work, but I use the BEST Orton-Gillingham program available.  I'm the ONLY certified tutor in the state using this premier system. 

Many programs may only work with-in the confines of the classroom.  I prepare students for life after school and success beyond the florescent lights.  I teach them how their brain works, and give them tools so they can independently use their strengths to overcome weaknesses . . . in any setting.

Jennifer Slaight
Certified Dyslexia Specialist
Orton-Gillingham Provider
The Barton Method

Freehold, NJ
Monmouth County
(732) 882-9695

As an Orton-Gillingham provider, our one-on-one tutoring service is the fastest way in attaining academic goals. It's also the only program scientifically proven to work. 

Our goal is to get students reading, at or above grade level, as quickly as possible.  Some other programs might work, at first, but those results are short term.  We guarantee long term results because we use a premier Orton-Gillingham program.

This is the only reading program your child will ever need.

This multi-sensory approach to learning includes the use of all senses:

  • visual

  • auditory

  • tactile

  • and kinesthetic

Many people find flat, 2-dimensional learning difficult to retain.  It's time we use all of our resources to optimize learning.

We teach spelling as strongly as reading
but we also teach:

  • grammar

  • basic punctuation

  • fluency

  • prosody (inflection)

  • and morphology (unit of language)

 

Contact us today
(732) 882 - 9695
JenSlaight@gmail.com

 

"I love being able to do things that create opportunities for others, because that's when you learn that you've become more than just your success...
when you learn you've achieved your dreams and helped somebody else achieve theirs." ~Dolly Parton

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What to expect

An 'average' student will show noticeable improvement by 20 sessions. 

Successful completion of the course will guarantee a college preparatory level in reading, spelling and writing. 

Younger students will need tutoring until their reading skills are at (or exceed) grade level.