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Why Select Us?
Our curriculum is truly individualized
Unlike a tutoring center where your child will receive the same curriculum as other students at his or her level, our Orton Gillingham tutors are trained to provide a unique lesson plan for each student at every lesson. Our tutors spend one hour of prep time for each lesson delivered to ensure that your student’s strengths and weaknesses are being addressed and maximum use is made of tutoring time.
All of our tutors are trained in our LRS multisensory curriculum.
Each of our tutors has received training in Orton Gililngham approach and Structured Word Inquiry so they can provide the approach that works best for your child. The certification includes 100 hours of supervised practicum and 30 hours of graduate level course work. In addition, our tutors are highly skilled and experienced at working with students of all ages.
We believe in the power of relationships
Your child will see the same tutor every week. We believe that the tutor-student relationship is important in building confidence and self esteem. The trust built between tutor and student allows your child to take risks that are important to his or her success.
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1 hour private lesson
2 lessons per week
Orton Gillingham Approach
Practice letter sounds
1 hour group lesson
2 lessons per week
Orton Gillingham Approach
Practice letter sounds
60 minute private lesson
1-2 lessons per week
Using Singapore Math
Aligns with Common Core
Practice fact fluency
Rachel Moore MD
In her work as a tutor for struggling readers, Rachel blends her strong scientific background from her time as a family physician with her decades of experience working creatively with children of all ages as an artist musician and teacher. She is well known amongst her students and peers as a highly creative and innovative instructor who seeks out unique solutions. In addition to her broad range of professional experiences, she is privileged to live with and advocate for a daughter and husband with dyslexia. She is a Certified Dyslexia Practitioner (Children’s Dyslexia Centers/IMSLEC).
Lauren Maffett M.Ed
Lauren knows dyslexia from the inside - she herself struggled with reading and spelling throughout her school years. This makes her an ideal guide for her students. Lauren has dedicated her entire career to education. She is a Pennsylvania certified public school teacher with a master’s degree as a Reading Specialist. Additionally, she is currently employed as a preschool director, giving her an inside view to the importance of early learning and early remediation for readers who learn differently. Lauren loves two amazing kids with amazing dyslexic brains! She is a Certified Dyslexia Practitioner (Children’s Dyslexia Centers/IMSLEC).
Kelly Jo Shelly
As a trained K-6 educator with a focus on science, Kelly is the perfect person to guide our series of “Exploring Our Environment” courses. She also brings along her many creative experiences in outdoor adventuring as a leader in the amazing Tinkergarten program here in Lancaster. As a bonus, Kelly’s experience as a Program Specialist in teaching English as a second language gives her valuable insight into the world of kids who learn language differently.
Johanna Grossman, MOT
Johanna brings her 15 years of professional experience in the world of occupational therapy along with her experience assisting struggling first-grade learners at Sacred Heart School to her work with us at LRS microSchool. Additionally, Johanna completed many hours of formal, curriculum-specific training in both our LRS Foundations curriculum and Singapore Math this summer so she would be ready to join the team! Johanna’s first rate academic background and dedication to young learners makes her a wonderful guide for our younger learners this year.
Rachel Weaver M.Ed
Rachel Weaver brings a wealth of teaching experience to LRS microSchool! As a PA certified teacher, she has worked with children from pre-K through fourth grade. Rachel collaborates with Lauren at the Willow Street Preschool where they have developed a phenomenal early literacy program for young children using Heggerty Phonemic Awareness. Rachel’s expertise will make a wonderful beginning for our youngest learners as she guides the Kindergarten grouping. Rachel has her Masters degree in Special Education.
Theresa Gottshall, M.Ed
Theresa is a skilled educator with more than 25 years experience. For the majority of that time, she has worked as a reading specialist. Theresa told us: “I am a reader! Being a person who loves books. Before I became a reading specialist, I couldn't fathom how it was that kids didn't like to read. It was completely foreign to me. I came to realize that my students didn't hate books or reading, even though they said they did. Instead, kids hate failure, they hate feeling stupid, and they hate not having the skills to succeed. With the right skills, strategies and encouragement, any child can be taught to read and ultimately love to read and love books!!! I have had countless students tell me, brimming with pride that they now love reading! Hearing this never gets old!” Theresa is a Certified Dyslexia Practitioner (Children’s Dyslexia Centers/IMSLEC)
Judy McCormick, M.Ed
Judy is tutor supervisor and trainer at the Children’s Dyslexia Center of Lancaster as well as being a master tutor herself. She also comes to us with deep experience and understanding of children who learn differently, having spent three decades as a special education teacher in the School District of Lancaster. Judy’s heart for children and her knowledge about what it takes to get the job done are unparalleled. Judy is a Certified Dyslexia Practitioner (Children’s Dyslexia Centers/IMSLEC)
Could This Be YOU?
Lancaster Reading Solutions, LLC is always interested in hearing from qualified tutors who might be interested in partnering with us. You must be certified in Orton Gillingham methods to join our team. Questions? Interested in applying? Contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
What is Dyslexia?
“Dyslexia is a specific learning disability that is neurobiological in origin. It is characterized by difficulties with accurate and/or fluent word recognition and by poor spelling and decoding abilities. These difficulties typically result from a deficit in the phonological component of language that is often unexpected in relation to other cognitive abilities and the provision of effective classroom instruction. Secondary consequences may include problems in reading comprehension and reduced reading experience that can impede growth of vocabulary and background knowledge.”
(10) Specific learning disability—(i) General. Specific learning disability
means a disorder in one or more of the basic psychological processes involved in understanding or in using language, spoken or written, that may manifest
itself in the imperfect ability to listen, think, speak, read, write, spell, or to do
mathematical calculations, including conditions such as perceptual disabilities, brain injury, minimal brain
dysfunction, dyslexia, and
(ii) Disorders not included. Specific learning disability does not include learning problems that are primarily the result of visual, hearing, or motor disabilities, of mental retardation, of emotional disturbance, or of environmental, cultural, or economic disadvantage
- 15-20% of populations is affected
- 70-80% of Specific Learning disabilities are Dyslexia
- Students who receive effective phonological training in kindergarten or first grade have fewer problems learning to read in third grade
- Dyslexia has a genetic link
- Late talker
- Difficulty rhyming
- Difficulty pronouncing words or mixing up sounds in words
- Unable to recall a word “that thingy”
- Difficulty learning the alphabet, numbers or how to spell name
- Difficulty reading words in isolation
- Difficulty learning sight words
- Reads small words incorrectly
- May transpose letters or numbers
- May have trouble remembering math facts
- May have difficulty with writing or an awkward pencil grip
ABC’s of Dyslexia. (2000). International Dyslexia Association.
We enjoy contributing to our community by providing free, public presentations like our popular, “Is My Kid Dyslexic? How to Know and What to Do” to help raise awareness and answer questions about dyslexia. Adamstown, Ephrata, Lititz, Lancaster, and Manheim Township Libraries have all hosted us. In addition, we like to drop in on library preschool programs to chat with parents about early screening. If you are a library and would like to take advantage of our free service, please contact us!
Topics include: “Is My Kid Dyslexic? How to Know and What to Do”; “Why You Care About Phonemic Awareness”; “The D Word – Why All the Controversy”; “MicroSchooling – A New Educational Trend”; “Virtual Tutoring – Is It Successful?”; “The Importance of Read Alouds for the Dyslexic Student”; “Speech Disorders and Dyslexia” LRS recently presented in two sessions at the “Demystifying Dyslexia”, February 2020 conference at Millersville University.
Speaking directly to teachers is one of the most effective ways to spread the word about dyslexia. Teachers are on the front lines. Any of our conference talks can be modified to suit education professionals. Preschool is a special area of interest for us since red flags for dyslexia can be identified as young as age 4. We are able to do screening of preschool children that can effectively predict their reading level in 3rd and 8th grade. Willow Street UCC Preschool has partnered with us to do screening as well as a parent presentation on phonemic awareness. Please contact us if you are interested in a teacher presentation or a student screening
Dyslexia might not show up first as a reading problem, but as a trip to the physician, the speech pathologist, or the psychologist. These professionals need a working knowledge of dyslexia and the local resources to provide remediation and family support. In addition, primary care physicians, have the opportunity to add screening for dyslexia to their well child care. We can offer in-office screening events or guidance on how best to screen for dyslexia in a busy office practice. Our conference presentations can be sculpted to suit your specialty area and interests. Please contact us for more information. Our most recent professional partner is the J. Cormack Therapy Group.
Lauren from Lancaster Reading Solutions has made such a difference in our daughter’s life. Her reading, fluency, and comprehension have all improved dramatically. Most importantly, her confidence has also improved. She now reads for fun, not just because she has to! She is choosing more grade level appropriate selections, whereas she was always reading below level prior to tutoring. Her teachers have also taken notice of the changes and selected her for the grit award- given to the student who tries hardest. They says she never gives up, even when she is faced with challenges. We are so grateful for Lauren’s contribution to our daughter’s academic and personal success!
Orton Gillingham strategies were used with me back in the 80’s. I learned to love reading and learning. I went to college and made Deans List all but 2 semesters. I graduated with honors. I have seen what a difference it can make in my children’s lives. I have been fortunate to be able to provide them with tutoring before they started kindergarten, they were both able to meet all benchmarks through kindergarten. They are able to internalize and use spelling patterns they have learned.