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The Internet’s original online dyslexia tutoring service

The Story of Dyslexia Connect

Peter Groth founded Dyslexia Connect Online Tutoring in 2010, with the goal of providing a tutoring service that is convenient and affordable. We provide Orton-Gillingham based tutoring that is effective and engaging, and we individualize each student’s tutoring plan to best fit their needs.

Since 2010, our clientele has grown to include students from all across the United States, Canada, Australia, Switzerland and South Korea. We are passionate about dyslexia education, and we would love the opportunity to help your student make progress.

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Peter Groth

Peter Groth graduated Summa Cum Laude from Edgewood College in 2002. In 2004, Peter began working part-time as a private tutor for several different subjects. Peter enjoyed tutoring a great deal, and felt that it was so rewarding that he decided to pursue tutoring full time.

In 2004, he also became interested in dyslexia education, and was trained in the Orton-Gillingham Method. After his training, he began to work with dyslexic students to improve their reading, spelling, comprehension and writing skills.

 

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Our Approach

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We use the Orton-Gillingham Method in tutoring. Orton-Gillingham is the oldest, and most effective method for teaching dyslexics.

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We individualize tutoring to fit a student’s needs perfectly. This makes our tutoring extremely effective.

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Our tutoring is enjoyable and engaging. Our students look forward to each and every one of their tutoring sessions.

About Dyslexia

A good definition of “dyslexia” can be difficult to find, but in my experience as a dyslexia tutor, it usually comes down to this.

Dyslexia is a learning challenge that is language-based. The term “dyslexia” can refer to a multitude of symptoms that result in difficulties with language skills, such as spelling, reading, comprehension, and pronouncing words. A person who is dyslexic will be dyslexic for their entire life, however, the impact of dyslexia can vary during different stages of life. The reason that dyslexia is referred to as a “disability” is that it can make it difficult for an individual to succeed in a typical educational environment. If the dyslexia is severe, it may qualify a student for special educational services and support. With the proper approach, a dyslexic can learn to read and write well.

The words of Barbara A. Bliss, a longtime literacy tutor and instructor, also provide valuable insight:

“Some people, returning from a concert are able to play “by ear” music they have just heard. Most of us need sheets of music before we can play the melodies. How wonderful to be able to “hear” music without the sound!

There are people who can retain the image of someone’s face and draw it accurately some time later. Unless we possess such inherited gifts, we need extensive instruction and a great deal of practice to draw even a ‘reasonable facsimile’.

The ability to recognize and remember words also varies greatly. While some can memorize pages of data and reproduce it without error, others cannot copy a person’s name without looking back and forth between copy and original several times, writing each letter separately.

Is it really so strange that there are people who must exert an unusual amount of effort to be able to read and write? Such people are described as being dyslexic; that is, they have difficulty with language. They may be gifted in other ways, including general “intelligence”, but to acquire language skills they need an alternative teaching approach.  

Dyslexia is hereditary and passed on through genes. Individuals with dyslexia often have family members who are also dyslexic. Often, if dyslexia cannot be traced to the members of the individual’s immediate family, it can be traced to members of their extended family.

A common perception is that dyslexics read or spell words backwards; however, this is a specific, and rather uncommon manifestation of dyslexia. According to the International Dyslexia Association, some of the common signs of dyslexia are difficulties:

•Learning to speak

•Organizing written and spoken language

•Learning letters and their sounds

•Memorizing number facts

•Spelling

•Reading

•Learning a foreign language

•Correctly doing math operations

Some other signs common in younger children are:

•Difficulty reading single words, such as a word on a flashcard

•Difficulty learning the connection between letters and sounds

•Confusing small words, such as at and to

•Letter reversals, such as d for b

•Word reversals, such as tip for pit

•Difficulty rhyming

Barbara Bliss had the following insight into this question:

“The term ‘learning disability’ tends to infer that a person cannot learn. With the proper instruction, dyslexics do learn. The degree of difficulty a dyslexic person has with reading, spelling, and/or speaking varies due to the type of teaching the person receives as well as the differences in the brain organization. The brain is normal, often very ‘intelligent’, but with strengths in areas other than the language area. Such brain differences appear to be inherited, probably from more than one ancestor. They are hidden, usually, until the person goes to school and attempts to learn by reading and communicate by writing.”

Absolutely not! Children with dyslexia can be very bright, but they sometimes struggle with certain academic subjects simply due to their dyslexia. This difficulty can lead to them being inappropriately labeled as having low intelligence, when in fact, they are bright. A dyslexia tutoring program can help them achieve.

There is no quick fix for dyslexia, but there are very effective means for helping dyslexics read and succeed with language given a realistic timeframe.

Dyslexia cannot be “cured” in the sense that it will disappear after treatment. However, with the proper training and help, dyslexic children can learn to read proficiently and achieve academically. In addition to providing them with the skills they need to succeed, special training can also help them understand what kind of learner they are, thus helping them set themselves up for success.

Definitely! With the proper help, a dyslexic child or adult can learn to read well and comprehend the material they are reading.

Dyslexics can’t learn to read the same way other children do because their minds comprehend language differently. Some children are able to absorb phonetic sounds and syllable rules even though they are not formally taught them, but for many other children, this method does not work. In particular, dyslexics have a difficult time learning to read using this method; they need phonetic sounds and language rules presented in a clear and concise manner.

While dyslexic students sometimes share certain difficulties, the degree and nature of these difficulties can vary dramatically. As a result, it is best to approach each case of dyslexia on an individual basis to best discern a student’s difficulties and needs.

Absolutely! Many children with dyslexia go on to lead successful lives in many different professions. Dyslexia tutoring can help them succeed and achieve their goals.

When dyslexia is untreated it sometimes leads to the student being frustrated and acting out. The student feels overwhelmed by schoolwork and often uses different methods to avoid it. In addition, they may suffer low self-esteem and feel that they are “dumb”. The student often tries to cope in a variety of ways, by avoiding certain tasks, creating distractions, etcetera.

Definitely! Our online dyslexia tutoring program is available for children and adults. If you would like to explore other options, try conducting a search on the internet, or send us an e-mail and we’ll see if we can recommend some other resources.

Yes! Private dyslexia tutoring is one of the most effective ways to help a dyslexic student progress. One on one instruction from a knowledgeable, professional tutor can have a dramatic impact on a dyslexic student’s ability to read, spell, and process language. The amount of time it takes for a student to progress can vary greatly, but that progress is almost always consistent and noticeable. Here at Dyslexia Connect we offer online tutoring with our professional, qualified private tutors. Check out the information page to see if this option would work well for you.

If you would like to discuss what you’ve read here, have your questions answered, and come up with an educational plan for your student, we recommend that you set up an appointment with one of our Dyslexia Consultants. Our consultants are dyslexia specialists who have years of experience working with dyslexic students. To learn more about the consulting we offer, click on that button in the menu.

Parent Testimonials

Dyslexia Connect helped Josh improve his reading; especially his comprehension & retention. He is more confident in his ability to read, understand & retain info. He has improved confidence! Ty!

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Kate,

Mother of Josh

I want you to know from the bottom of our hearts that we appreciate everything you have done. Colby has made such great progress & is reading well, from of all your help and dedication.

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Cheri,

Mother of Colby

I am so thankful for the help Dyslexia Connect has been for Luke over the last year. I would, and have, highly recommended it to others who are in need of Dyslexia Tutoring.

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Kirsten,

Mother of Luke

Dyslexia Connect is doing such a fabulous job with Madisyn. They have also been extremely flexible. We are so pleased with the entire service and are thankful for everything!

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Mother of Madisyn

FAQs

Yes, online tutoring using the proper method is as effective as tutoring in person. Our online tutoring replicates tutoring that is done in person, and as a result, it is just as effective. We have had wonderful results with our online tutoring program since we began in 2010.

Our tutors are professionals who have been trained in the Orton-Gillingham Method. Many of our tutors have more than ten years of experience in tutoring dyslexics. In addition to their high level of training, our tutors are also personable and friendly, which helps them connect with their students in a meaningful way.

Yes, students work with the same tutor for every session. This helps make tutoring fun and enjoyable for the student, because they are working with somebody they like and are familiar with. Also, this helps the student make more progress, because the tutor can individualize the sessions to the student’s needs, based on what they observe.

When you sign up for our tutoring program, we establish a schedule that works well for you. If the schedule needs to be changed at any point, simply contact us, and we can find new times.

No, we do not use contracts. We are so confident in our method and the results that we achieve, that we do not feel the need to have our clients sign contracts. Our clients stay with us because they love the results that they see.