Struggling students from Saudi Arabia spend the summer at PRIDE

Struggling students from Saudi Arabia spend the summer at PRIDE

Saudi Arabian students with learning disabilities spend the summer at PRIDE Learning Center in Newport Beach, California.

PRIDE Learning Center is a very successful tutoring program in Southern California that for 10 years now has helped thousands of struggling students from all over the world learn to read using the Orton-Gillingham approach.   This approach is highly effective for children with reading disabilities, dyslexia, auditory and visual processing disorders and speech delays.

This multisensory program involves the use of visual, auditory, and kinesthetic-tactile pathways simultaneously to enhance memory and learning of written language.

The results have been impressive. On average, after approximately 100 hours of Orton-Gillingham instruction, students increase their reading levels by one to two entire grade levels.

Created in 2005 by reading specialist Karina Richland, the organization has expanded from one single location in Los Angeles to 4 learning centers in Orange County, California and numerous locations in private and public school sites. “Our big goal every year is to keep expanding,” says Richland. “People keep asking me if I like what I do. Providing help for students who need it the most and while also running a thriving business – what is there not to like?”

This one-on-one specialized instruction does not come cheap. Each program, which runs 3 hours a day for five days a week, costs approximately $1050 per week. However, it is almost impossible to argue with success. How else would PRIDE Learning Center attract students from places such as Saudi Arabia, Dubai, Japan and India, places where there is no such kind of specialized instruction, to attend the PRIDE program.

“We have numerous families from Saudi Arabia attend PRIDE every summer at our Newport Beach location,” states Center Director Tamison Andersen. “These families that come to us really appreciate the program and are so grateful for the improvement in their children’s reading abilities.”

In spite of the intensive learning environment, the teachers and staff at PRIDE make the summer sessions fun. “During break time we play games and the children run around the room playing hot potato and headbands. Many of our Saudi Arabian families sign up for a few weeks and then end up staying all summer long,” says Andersen.

Individuals interested in the summer reading programs at PRIDE Learning Center can call (949) 891-0125 or email or visit the website at:

Dyslexia Tutoring Center in Newport Beach Celebrates Dyslexia Awareness Month

Dyslexia Tutoring Center in Newport Beach Celebrates Dyslexia Awareness Month

October is National Dyslexia Month and a local tutoring center in Newport Beach is helping spread awareness by offering free assessments, resources and special events throughout the month of October.

Owner of PRIDE Learning Center in Newport Beach, Karina Richland, reports, “Dyslexia is a learning disability that affects about 20% of the nation. That means that one out of every five children in the Newport Beach classroom struggles with dyslexia.”  Richland, a dyslexia specialist and owner of 5 dyslexia-tutoring centers throughout Los Angeles and Orange County says “Most children with dyslexia in this area go undiagnosed for years.  With early detection, proper intervention, and certain accommodations in school, dyslexics can actually improve their reading skills dramatically.”

Warning Signs in School-Age Children

•   Child uses memory skills in reading not decoding strategies

•   Reads a word on one page but doesn’t recognize it on the next page

•   Confuses look alike letters like b and d, b and p, n and u, or m and w

•   Makes many reversals

•   Substitutes a word while reading that means the same thing

•   When reading leaves out or adds small words like “a, the, to, are, of”

•   Reading fluency is poor

•   Avoids reading as much as possible

•   Misspells many words

•   Writes illegibly

•   Appears lazy, unmotivated, or frustrated

“The sooner a child with dyslexia is given proper instruction, particularly in the very early grades, the more likely it is that they will have fewer or milder difficulties later in life” states Richland.

PRIDE Learning Center provides one-on-one reading help for students with learning differences, including dyslexia, auditory and or visual processing disorder and ADHD.  PRIDE specializes in an Orton-Gillingham reading approach for students struggling with dyslexia.

Throughout the month of October, parents or grandparents can bring their child in for a free assessment that will measure their reading abilities.  To schedule an appointment contact the Newport Beach PRIDE Learning Center at 949-891-0125 or visit the website at

Dyslexia Awareness Month