About Dyslexic Solutions Ottawa
We provide intensive, on-on-one reading and spelling instruction to children and teenagers with dyslexia, also known as a Specific Learning Disorder with impairment in reading (according to DSM-5 diagnostic criteria). We tutor using the Barton Reading and Spelling System, which is one of the most reputable Orton-Gillingham based tutoring systems available to struggling readers.
With this approach, it is recommended that students be tutored for a minimum of two hours per week. Therefore, our students are typically tutored for 2 one-hour sessions per week. Tutoring can take place in the comfort of your own home, or at an agreed upon location outside of the home. We work with families to ensure an acceptable schedule and location are in place for the student, and that both students and parents feel comfortable with their assigned tutor.
Prior to starting tutoring, we offer a free consultation and screening to any family interested in learning more about the tutoring program. This initial meeting takes place at our main office in Kanata, and provides families an opportunity to learn more about our program and services. It also provides us with the opportunity to answer any questions or concerns parents may have regarding their child’s learning needs. A quick 15-minute screening is done with the student to ensure they are ready to start the program. Please contact us to set up your initial screening and consultation!
After the initial meeting, provided the family is interested in proceeding with the program, students are then paired with a tutor who will work with the student to meet his or her learning needs.
Please note that due to the increasing demand for our services, clients are occasionally placed on our wait list until a tutor becomes available in their area. We make every effort to ensure clients are not placed on lengthy wait lists lasting more than three to four months.
All of our tutors at Dyslexic Solutions Ottawa are highly skilled instructors with extensive experience working with children of all ages in one-on-one or whole-group settings. Each tutor has completed extensive training under the instruction of a Certified Barton Tutor, and has proven their ability to implement the Barton Reading and Spelling System competently and effectively. Many of our tutors are certified teachers, and all have extensive experience working with children of all ages in various settings.
About the owner
Dyslexic Solutions Ottawa was started in 2013 by Jenna Richardson, who was looking to fulfill a need that was not being met within the school system. The business has since expanded and we now have numerous tutors who have been trained under her instruction.
About me: Learning to teach others
Armed with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a completed Bachelor of Education, I set out on my career in the field of education.
I began as a supply teacher in the Eastern Catholic School Board, as well as in numerous private schools. I taught at the preschool level and tutored privately with children from kindergarten through to high school.
Throughout those years, however, I began to notice a pattern as I worked with children, while using mainstream teaching methods. Those students who struggled in math and language – due to learning disabilities – weren’t adapting or succeeding.
It was heartbreaking to see these children continuing to falter as I aimed to help them. They were not progressing nor receiving the academic support needed through school. Teachers were just not equipped to handle the situations presented by the learning needs of Dyslexic children, and parents were desperate to get help that just wasn’t available.
It soon became clear that conventional approaches to reading instruction were insufficient, restrictive, and not for everyone. Too many children were falling through the cracks, being left behind.
That’s When My Focus Shifted
I soon recognized that a change was needed; one that would address all learning styles. I departed from the mainstream education system to devote my attention and career to more proven teaching methods, specifically for children with Dyslexic learning problems.
Upon learning about the Orton-Gillingham approach and completing an intensive training program, I began implementing the Barton Reading and Spelling System with my own tutoring students.
Amazement and Results
I was amazed to learn that the situations I witnessed could in fact be remedied through the right teaching methods and specialized programs. I continue to be astonished at the improvements this program makes to my students’ reading abilities … all by using the Orton-Gillingham approach.
The results? Students soar with a new self-confidence and pride. And they succeed!
Every child deserves to receive the highest quality educational instruction and the chance to succeed in their challenges. Dyslexic Solutions Ottawa can show you the path that leads to success.
Jenna Richardson, B. Ed.
Owner/Certified Barton Tutor
If your child is struggling with reading and spelling, please contact us to see how the Barton Reading and Spelling system can help.