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Desire2Read is Kelowna’s specialized tutoring centre dedicated to students challenged with

language learning disabilities such as dyslexia, ADHD, and learning differences. Desire2Read takes a holistic approach to tutoring, including, the Orton-Gillingham therapeutic approach, mind mapping methods and whole brain learning techniques.

Desire2Read offers one-2-one tutoring to help your child develop the necessary skills to progress

from learning to read to reading to learn. Our tutors are highly educated, specialized in - language learning disabilities – Orton-Gillingham certified – and - multiple teaching methods to best accommodate your child’s learning style and needs.

How to Identify Reading and Spelling Disabilities

The signs listed below indicate that a child has a reading/spelling problem, and needs help. • unable to relate a sound to a letter, or a letter to a sound • reversing or inverting letters • shuffling letters out of order • guessing at words • unable to blend sounds • reading sound by sound, and commonly repeating words

• skipping words, chunks of words or lines • slurring or slighting endings of words • having difficulty reading words with more than one syllable • reading too slow, avoiding to read, or becoming irritable when having to reading • not remembering words just sounded out • a poor speller

Our Mission, is Our Guarantee, and Promise 2 you… • To guide our students to a level of mastery in the fundamentals of reading and spelling • To implement the most effective tutoring strategies available and continuously improve upon these • To ensure that each student enjoys the process of learning • To be sensitive to each student’s unique needs and learning style

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My Story: Kyle’s Desire to Read… As parents, we want our child to have the best possible opportunities life has to offer, without limitations, and we strive to ensure this, but sometimes a child is faced with an exceptional challenge. Desire2Read is the result of such a challenge. My son, Kyle, was enthusiastic about outdoor sports and games, and adept with Lego and other building activities. Acknowledging his strengths was easy. By grade one, however, he showed learning and behavioral challenges as he struggled with the alphabet; by the end of grade two, he showed no recognition of letters or related sounds. As Kyle fell increasingly behind his peers in language skills and knowledge, I attempted to teach him to read. Armed with exercise books, teaching guides and learning tools, we soon discovered we were engaged in a losing battle, and what’s more, quality family time with my younger children became compromised. But now what?

Could I let my son accept these limitations? To supplement my efforts, in grade three, Kyle received one on one reading support from the

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learning assistant at his school. Sadly, he did not progress. At once, my worst fears were realized: his school friends avoided him and he then played with children two and three years younger. Kyle didn’t belong. Altogether, these warning signs prompted an assessment of Kyle by a private child psychologist where he was diagnosed with severe ADHD, Dyslexia, and Oppositional Defiance Disorder. Conversely, his Academic Assessment test results showed that Kyle scored above average in intelligence so he was referred to Orton-Gillingham language remediation to help him overcome his Dyslexia. Finally, the direction and focus Kyle needed.

“I established Desire2Read as an independent tutoring centre dedicated to students with reading, writing and spelling disabilities” From there, I gained practical experience teaching in the Psychology Department at Vancouver Children’s Hospital in affiliation with CHADD (Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder). Read More

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Specialized Learning

Partnership with Parents

Desire2Read provides specialized tutoring for students with language learning disabilities and differences.

Certified Tutors Our dedicated tutors are certified, trained and experienced Orton-Gillingham tutors with advanced subject specific education to language learning disabilities and related conditions that affect learning such as ADHD. See the benefits now and grow new, unlimited opportunities. I do not understand what this sentence means

Outstanding Results Desire2 read has established a strong reputation for outstanding results and fosters literacy excellence in students challenged with language learning disabilities or differences. D2R achieves positive recognition and results.

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Desire2Read believes parents play a vital role in your child’s tutoring progress and you are encouraged to visit our centre, meet your child’s tutor and ask questions about his or her education— proven support; lasting relationships.

Personal Attention Desire2Read pays special attention to tutor selection. All tutors are inherently caring, empathic and committed as they support student growth and full potential. Our tutors work to understand your child’s learning needs, habits, and unique learning challenges. Dedication is our bookmark.

Emotionally Sound Our tutors ensure that students feel happy, confident and secure. We believe that our learning environment should be interesting and fun, and supports each student’s desire to learn. Safe and sound is our promise2you.

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One- 2- One

Lessons

Simply put, one 2 one tutoring is the best approach for many reasons. Each tutor has constant one 2 one interaction with the student to maximize learning, correct confusions immediately, ensure effective habits, and provide more practice where necessary. Stability you can put your finger on.

We balance interesting lessons with focused instruction — we do not use cookie cutter assignments - each lesson is individually planned to match the students needs. Desire2Read ensures that each student enjoys learning to read and looks forward to his or her lesson with us.

Uniquely Individual D2R provides every student with an individual teaching plan based on an initial ability assessment, knowledge foundation, learning style and habits. We guarantee daily assessments and focus each successive lesson according to student progress. Discover the benefits of personalized tutoring.

Flexible Every tutor is trained to apply multiple teaching methods to best suit each student’s learning style, pace, age and goals. Tutors set the pace of the lessons to move forward as quickly and efficiently as possible. D2R offers proven techniques to achieve meaningful results.

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Builds Confidence Tutors focus on the positive in every lesson, allowing the student to experience a high degree of success. We help the students gain confidence in themselves and their skills, empowering them as self-correcting and independent learners. Our aim is to make learning a rewarding process and a transforming experience. This is our promise2you.

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Helpful Websites

Recommended Books

Academy of Orton-Gillingham Learning Disabilities Association of America Canadian Dyslexia Association CHADD Canada (ADHD resource) Bright Solutions

“Overcoming Dyslexia” by Sally Shaywitz Yale neuroscientist Sally Shaywitz demystifies the roots of dyslexia and offers parents and educators hope that children with reading problems can be helped.

Government Resources

“The gift of Dyslexia” by Ronald D Davis with Eldon M. Braun

Canada Revenue Agency Medical Expenses (see tutoring expenses)

This book contains added information to help with the mental techniques for orientation and attention. “Straight Talk about Reading” by Susan Hall

Medical Resources Psycologists Hotz Consultants 1306-750 West Broadway Vancouver ,BC V5Z 1J3 1-604 873-0013 or 1-604-738-5640

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Psycologists Dr. Don Duncan 101 - 1441 Ellis Street, Kelowna, BC V1Y 2A3 250 868 1198 (fax) 250 868 3773

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Occupational Therapist Kidscan Therapy Services Diane Graham 250-764-8910

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Desire2Read brings out the gifts. A student might have difficulty distinguishing differences in sounds (called phonemes) made by individual letters or a group of sounds made by a word. This is referred to as auditory processing disorder and results in difficulty with understanding verbal instructions and spelling. A student who struggles to distinguish differences in shapes or letters (called graphemes) will have difficulty with reading. They might rotate or reverse letters, numbers and even whole words. This is referred to as visual processing disorder. Most commonly, auditory and visual processing disorder is a combined problem to varying degrees. Our trained and experienced staff can accurately identify auditory and visual processing disorders.

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Q: When should I get help for my child? Q: How do I know if I should hire a tutor? Q: For how long will my child be tutored?  The best approach is to take immediate action – and get help now. Desire2Read has built its foundations on correctly assessing early signs of reading difficulties and bringing the student above grade expectations.

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Each student has their own unique pattern of learning disabilities which necessitate specific teaching strategies to bridge the disability with an effective tutoring approach.

The following check list will help guide you:

Why is it important for a tutor to recognize specific learning disabilities?

• reading has become a time of frustration and struggle 

Here are some key points to consider:

• your child is reading and writing below their expected grade level

A learning disability may be in the form of auditory or visual perception and/or processing. Some learning disabilities effect the integration of information involving sequencing, abstraction or organization. While other learning disabilities may be affecting the working memory, short term memory, long term memory or any combination of these. Some students have a language/ motor output disability where the student may speak well, yet have great difficulty gathering their thoughts and finding the right words in verbal or written form. D2R believes it crucial for our tutors to be educated clinically and practically in recognizing specific language learning disabilities, and have a clear understanding of the unique ramifications associated with each student’s disabilities and abilities.  

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• your child has not been successful with other reading programs • your child has been diagnosed with dyslexia, or other language based learning disabilities • your child is separated during class time for learning assistance • your child does not get enough individual learning assistance to make a difference (a minimum of 2-3 hours weekly of one 2 one tutoring)  (link) 

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Language learning disabilities such as dyslexia do not have a quick fix silver bullet. It can take from one to three years to help a child reach grade level. Beware of other commercial learning centre chains promising fast results in 4 to 8 week, and cost lots of money for they always result in disappointment.

Factors to consider are: • the gap between your child’s ability and grade level expectation • severity of your child’s reading challenge or disability • other medical / psychological factors (diagnosed or undiagnosed) that affect learning

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Why Desire2Read Tutoring Approach Works We believe reading is the foundation for learning and it is the single most important skill to master to achieve academic success. Students who are having difficulties with reading and writing require a different way to learn. Desire2Read is different from other methods in two ways: what is taught, and how it is taught. We build the foundations on solid principles.

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The D2R approach… The Orton-Gillingham Approach was developed in the early 1930’s by a professional group of teachers, psychologists and doctors. It has been scientifically proven to be the most effective method for teaching students with dyslexia and other languagebased learning difficulties. Desire2Read uses the scientifically acclaimed Orton-Gillingham approach to achieve consistent results.

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The Orton-Gillingham Approach can be characterized as: Multisensory. Our tutoring sessions are interactively engaging, reinforcing concepts with appropriate visual, auditory, kinesthetic and tactile teaching tools and aids that optimize learning. Structured. Tutors introduce a step by step sequential phonetic system of language, beginning with simple sounds, and building on each successive lesson learned. Tutors use learning strategies that ensure the student understands the reasoning behind the concepts.

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Cumulative. The first step starts with single phonemes and progresses to multi-syllable words, rules, prefixes, root words, suffixes and morphology. As the students learn new material, learned concepts are incorporated into each subsequent lesson providing more practice.

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The D2R tutoring approach provides: Desire2Read encompasses all factors involved to provide an exceedingly comprehensive learning system. A solid foundation with no holes direct and explicit instructions in phonemic awareness. Truly individual lesson plans designed for your child’s unique needs a favourable learning atmosphere. Guided reading to improve fluency reading comprehension strategies. More practice by weaving previously learned concepts into the current lesson.

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Daily assessment of the student’s understanding, and ability to apply rules and concepts. Mind mapping strategies to help the student sequence, abstract and organize information in their head. Cognitive strategies to aid auditory and visual perception more flexibility to accommodate to your child’s individual needs.

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Learn more about D2R Multisensory learning Simultaneous multisensory learning is an interactive learning technique using visual, auditory, kinesthetic and tactile teaching tools and aids – to maximize learning and reach the student’s full potential. This approach is an important component of whole brain learning, especially for those students with language based learning difficulties.

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This learning process promotes clear memories of letters and concepts that last a lifetime. Our tutors are very knowledgeable in choosing the appropriate teaching aids and use them in a special way that focuses the student���s attention, helps create a permanent memory, and provides a clear understanding. Your child will enjoy learning to read with us.

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How Simultaneous Multisensory Learning Works: When the student is writing, seeing or drawing the sounds, visual memory is being developed. painting or forming letters from blocks or clay, kinesthetic and tactile memory is being developed.

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Hearing the sound and repeating a sound out loud, auditory memory is developed. Come see our multisensory learning environment, and experience the difference.

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Please contact us for more information, to schedule an assessment or arrange to meet our friendly staff. We’re located in the Mission Community of Kelowna – surrounded by a spectacular view of the valley, mountains and lake – with nearby walking trails, parks and playgrounds available to you before and after tutoring.

Mailing Address 776 Kuipers Crescent Kelowna BC V1W 5C9

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