Dyslexia Tutor – finding the right one!

Dyslexia Tutor – finding the right one!

Are you trying to find a dyslexia tutor near you but don’t know where to go or what to do?  The internet is filled with tutors out there, but how do you know which one to chose and if they are qualified enough to teach a child with dyslexia.  Here is everything you will need to know about finding the right dyslexia tutor for your child.


How can you make sure that you find the right dyslexia tutor for your child?


You can ask speech therapists, educational psychologists and special education advocates.  These professionals are usually well connected in their communities and have a network of good people they like to work together with.  


Can I get the school to reimburse me for private dyslexia tutor expenses?


Sometimes you can.  School districts will reimburse parents for private dyslexia tutor expenses if the district agrees that the school is not providing an appropriate education.  Almost always, in my years of working with parents and dyslexia tutors, the parent has to take the school district to a due process hearing to get reimbursed.  This means parents have to hire a Special Education Attorney or Advocate.  Some parents end up removing their children from public school for part of the day or for a specified time in order to bring their child to a private dyslexia tutor.  The school needs to agree with this arrangement.


Can I use a dyslexia tutor in a small group setting?


Sometimes, a dyslexia tutor will work with students in groups.  This is an option to consider if you know of other children in the same situation.  A group setting will reduce the cost and your child may learn from the other kids as well.  The downside to a group session is that your child may not have the benefit of an exclusive one-on-one learning situation with a dyslexia tutor.  This can make progress a bit slower as well.


Which program should my dyslexia tutor be using?


Your dyslexia tutor needs to be using an Orton-Gillingham reading program.  This program needs to be structured, systematic, cumulative and extremely repetitive.  It also needs to be multisensory.  Most Orton-Gillingham programs will use a very specific scope and sequence.  It is crucial that the dyslexia tutor follow this scope and sequence precisely and not skip around.  If you have an amazing tutor that you love that is not trained in Orton-Gillingham, then you can provide a program for them to follow and use with your child.  You can also homeschool or tutor your own child with an Orton-Gillingham tutoring program.  Some dyslexia tutoring programs that I recommend for tutors or homeschool parents to use are:



After selecting a dyslexia tutor, make sure that you receive regular progress assessments along each step of the way.  Ask the dyslexia tutor to provide you with tutoring session plans on a regular basis so you can follow along with your child through their scope and sequence.  Good Luck finding a dyslexia tutor and if you need more assistance – feel free to contact me personally.  



Karina Richland, M.A., is the Executive Director of PRIDE Learning Centers, LLC, an educational company that works with children in special education and focuses on reading, writing and comprehension help. She is also the author of the PRIDE Reading Program, a multisensory Orton-Gillingham reading, writing and comprehension curriculum that is available worldwide for parents, tutors, teachers and homeschoolers of struggling readers.  You can reach her at info@pridelearningcenter.com or visit the website at PRIDE Learning Center.

PRIDE Learning Center now offers In-Home Tutoring!

PRIDE Learning Center now offers In-Home Tutoring!

PRIDE Learning Center now offers in-home tutoring!  Our staff is available to go to your home and deliver one-on-one reading, writing and comprehension instruction to your child.


We provide you with highly qualified Reading Specialists in the comfort of your home, at a time that’s convenient for you and your family. Tutoring sessions may also be scheduled at schools, after school facilities, libraries, or community centers.


At PRIDE Learning Center, we understand that your time is in short supply, so we make every effort to accommodate your schedule.


We incorporate all aspects of our learning center services including pre and post assessments, progress monitoring, rewards and motivation tools, quality instruction and support.


  • Orton-Gillingham trained staff in-home
  • One-on-one instruction
  • Student needs assessment
  • Personalized learning


Our Orton-Gillingham multi-sensory teaching style is action oriented and involves constant interaction between our Reading Specialist and your child.  For children with reading disabilities, our specialists are trained to reach every student – especially those with dyslexia, auditory and visual processing disorder, speech delays, processing difficulties, ADHD and other learning differences.


For more information email us at info@pridelearningcenter.com or call PRIDE Learning Center TODAY and start your child on the path to success:


Toll Free: 866-774-3342


Auditory Processing Disorder Help in Orange County, California

Auditory Processing Disorder Help in Orange County, California

An Orange County tutoring center is offering help for kids that have auditory processing disorder.

Children with auditory processing will often struggle in a classroom setting, especially in the areas of reading, comprehension and language skills. These children are unable to process the information they hear in the same way as others because something adversely affects the way their brain recognizes and interprets sounds, most notably the sounds composing speech.

“Auditory processing disorder affects about 5% of school-age children,” says Karina Richland, owner of PRIDE Learning Centers. “Reading and comprehension are very difficult for children diagnosed with auditory processing and these children end up struggling so much in school because of it.”

PRIDE Learning Center teaches children with auditory processing disorder how to read, write and comprehend using a multisensory method called the Orton-Gillingham approach. It is an intensive one-on-one reading program that stresses teaching the entire structure of written English through a systemized teaching of letters and their corresponding sounds.

“The Orton-Gillingham approach is highly successful for kids struggling with auditory processing because it is so structured, repetitious and multisensory,” says Richland. “ Our kids use all of their senses when they learn and are therefore better able to store and retrieve the information. A child, for example might see the letter B, say its name and sound, and write it in the air all at the same time.”

All of the reading specialists at PRIDE Learning Center are credentialed teachers with strong special education backgrounds and are Orton-Gillingham Certified.

PRIDE Learning Centers are located in Mission Viejo, Newport Beach and San Clemente. For more information contact May Dabbah at 949-484-0230 or visit the website at www.pridelearningcenter.com

San Clemente Dyslexia Center Offering FREE Assessments in October

San Clemente Dyslexia Center Offering FREE Assessments in October

October is National Dyslexia Awareness Month and a local dyslexia-tutoring center in San Clemente, California is offering free reading assessments.

Owner of PRIDE Learning Center in San Clemente, 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 San Clemente 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.

Parents or grandparents can bring their child in October 21st – October 25th for a free assessment that will measure their reading abilities.  To schedule an appointment contact the San Clemente PRIDE Learning Center at 949-284-8015 or visit the website at www.pridelearningcenter.com