Anna and Benjamin were fully aware they were struggling with learning to read, but only if they suffered more would the school district test them. My husband and I decided to pay out-of-pocket for a full educational and psychological evaluation. As we expected, both Anna and Benjamin have dyslexia. Both children were accepted to the Children’s Dyslexia Centers of Cincinnati.
Through Orton-Gillingham tutoring, Anna and Benjamin have not only kept up with their peers with reading, but also are now above their grade level. Both children have developed a love of reading. Seeing my children spontaneously curl up with a book and start reading is invaluable. Telling them they have to stop reading and get to sleep because tomorrow is a school day is priceless.
Their dyslexia has given them strengths in other areas, such as creativity and three-dimensional spatial relationships, but their dyslexia is no longer diminishing their self-esteem. In fact, through Children’s Dyslexia Centers of Cincinnati, they have developed greater confidence and improved self-esteem. It is a strong confidence and self-esteem they both will need as they continue with their education. Children’s Dyslexia Centers of Cincinnati is helping build a strong foundation for their futures.
— Elizabeth R.
From the beginning, Alyssa struggled in school with just the basics. Even though I would read to her every night, as I would for my other two children, she would never seem to pick up on things—even the ABCs. It did not seem to me that she enjoyed learning. Alyssa struggled with speech phonics and went into speech therapy. I practiced every night with her. Kindergarten isn’t supposed to be hard, but it was for Alyssa. By the fifth grade, Alyssa believed she was dumb.
But things turned around for her when she was accepted to Children’s Dyslexia Centers of Cincinnati. Alyssa’s tutor was so wonderful and patient. I think she learned more from her tutor that first year than she did in any normal reading class at school. She actually started to read books by herself! Alyssa’s school work improved, and in the sixth grade she went from Cs and Ds to being on the honor roll.
Through her work at Children’s Dyslexia Centers of Cincinnati, she is able to self advocate for herself by telling others just what it is that she needs to learn, such as typing things out on a computer rather than writing things down, or that she needs things explained again, or just to sit up front. I knew from the moment she was accepted that Alyssa’s life would be forever changed. The way an Orton-Gillingham tutor teaches a child stays with them forever. She went from not believing in herself to saying she wanted to go to college. Alyssa is learning the whole time we’re at Children’s Dyslexia Centers of Cincinnati, and that has been going on for almost three years—a result of the outstanding, expert tutors who have given my daughter the ability to read and understand.
— Catherine A.
The Orton-Gillingham approach to teaching reading has had a positive and life-changing impact on the students who I am tutoring—all of whom have increased their reading ability dramatically. The success that they have in the tutoring sessions has given them the skills they need to decode and read in the classroom. It has increased their confidence greatly.
Before pursuing this certification, I had a bachelor’s degree in education and a master’s in curriculum and instruction. I taught language arts for seven years at the middle-school level. The reading instruction that I am learning now had never been taught or presented to me in either of these academic programs.
Learning the Orton-Gillingham approach has changed the way I teach! I am actually learning the fundamentals of our language, and I am able to pass this on to my students. I will soon be teaching third graders. I will be able to instruct my students in reading with an approach that will have an unmistakably positive effect on their ability to read.
— Tonya Rouse, Scholar