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Frequently Asked Questions:

How do you monitor your clients' progress?

In my private practice I work with students on a one-on-one basis. I use a combination of norm-referenced, valid, reliable tests, as well as criterion-referenced measures to assess initial client needs as well as to measure progress over time.

An initial session will include an assessment using some or all of the following tools:

  • Phono-Graphix assessment in the areas of blending, segmenting, phoneme manipulation and code knowledge
  • The Woodcock Reading Mastery Tests-Revised/Normative Update (WRMT-R/NU)
  • The Gray Oral Reading Test-4th Edition (GORT-4). 

The Phono-Graphix and WRMT-R assessments provide information regarding decoding skills. The WRMT-R and GORT are valuable for assessing comprehension and fluency.

May I observe my child's tutoring session?

I encourage parents to observe their child's initial assessment in order to become more aware of the child's strengths and needs, and so that they can more effectively work with their children outside of tutoring sessions.  Parents are also welcome to sit in on tutoring sessions at their convenience. Additionally, I welcome any questions you might have regarding your child's progress.

How often should my child be tutored?

During the school year, I see clients at least once each week for an hour. Shorter or less frequent sessions significantly impede the progress a client experiences. Clients often attend multiple tutoring sessions each week during the summer in order to "catch up" to peers.


Suggested Reading

Why Our Children Can't Read
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Reading Reflex
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A Mind at a Time
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How to Increase Your Child's Verbal Intelligence: The Groundbreaking Language Wise Method
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Visualizing and Verbalizing
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