Archive for dyslexia


Hi everyone, I have re-located to Olympia, WA.

All further tutoring inquiries for in-person tutoring in Santa Fe should be directed to Orton-Gillingham tutor Hope DuBois, CALP 505-690-7460

If you are interested in online Orton-Gillingham or multisensory grammar/writing instruction, please feel free to contact me at 404-654-3557 or visit my new site:

Decoding Dyslexia New Mexico is now active!

I was at the annual Southwest IDA conference in Albuquerque on Saturday, and I was pleased to see a table set up for Decoding Dyslexia New Mexico by founder Michael J. Kaczor. With this NM chapter set up, Decoding Dyslexia is now active in all 50 states and 4 Canadian Provinces! This parent-led advocacy organization works for better laws and policies and more awareness of dyslexia. If you would like more information about DD-NM, please visit their FaceBook Page.
Or go here for more information about the Decoding Dyslexia movement.

How to explain dyslexia to your child

Some parents are reluctant to “label” their child, and I definitely understand their hesitation. However, what I have found from working with kids (and adults) with dyslexia, is that they often end up labeling themselves– usually with labels like “stupid” or “slow.” Isn’t it a much better idea to empower your child with the knowledge that they’re not bad or dumb, they just think in a different way?

Here is a video you can use to help talk with your child about dyslexia.

Or you can read one of these books with them:

News Story

I recently came across this news story from Nebraska, where a woman who provides Orton-Gillingham tutoring for the kids who need help with reading is working to get dyslexia recognized by the schools. It’s a great story, and she uses the same program as me, the Barton Reading and Spelling System. So if you want to see a little snippet of what it looks like when we tutor, go watch
this video!

Certified Barton Tutor

I am a Certified Barton Tutor. I am also certified in Orton-Gillingham for dyslexia, and trained in Handwriting Without Tears for dysgraphia.

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Are you looking for someone to work with your child who has been diagnosed with dyslexia/dysgraphia? Then you’ve come to the right place! Call Reading Specialist Dite Bray, MSW at 505-920-5218

A PSA about dyslexia from the Oregon IDA

To get the help your child with dyslexia needs, don’t wait! Call us for in-person tutoring in Atlanta or Santa Fe, NM or online tutoring anywhere! 505-920-5218

What is Dyslexia?

This is a great video about what dyslexia is and how to treat it.
What Is Dyslexia?

If you are looking for a dyslexia tutor in New Mexico or online, call me at 505-920-5218! I am certified in the specific method to treat dyslexia: Orton-Gillingham phonics.

Why Public Schools Struggle to Help Kids with Dyslexia

A great post from our friends over at Lexercise about why you shouldn’t wait around for your public school to diagnose and address your child’s reading problems:

I can work with kids as young as 4 who are suspected of having dyslexia. I even have 3 years of experience as a Pre-K Reading Specialist, so I know how typically-developing, gifted, and dyslexic kids learn how to read.

Summer Tutoring

Presenting the Summer Learning Menu

Now you can create your own summer tutorial or mini-camp!

This summer, Ladder Learning Services is offering you more choices than ever before so you can design a summer learning plan that fits your budget and schedule. You choose the skills to focus on, location, whether you want 1:1 or a small group, and the number of lessons you want to buy– all at a great discounted price!


Lessons/week (over 8 weeks)

Total # of Lessons

Total Cost (without travel)

cost per lesson

Total Cost (with travel)

cost per lesson

BASIC 2 16 $672 $42 $752 $47
PLUS 3 24 $912* $38 $1032* $43
PREMIUM 4 32 $1120* $35 $1280* $40
GROUP (1:2 or 1:3)** 3 24 $600 $25 $600 $25

*Can be split into two payments
**Individual lessons are 50-minutes; Group lessons are 65 minutes.
**Groups must be pre-approved children who are learning the same skills and at a similar level in those skills. We cannot do online group lessons. We may or may not be able to match your child with a group. You are welcome to put together your own group with prior approval from us.


Sign Up Now!

If you have any questions about our summer offerings for dyslexia, ADHD, reading skills, Orton-Gillingham, math skills, or grade-readiness skills, please contact Director Dite Bray at (505) 920-5218 or email ladderlearning at

How often to do tutoring?

Recently I have been contacted by several parents who want to do tutoring once/week. Their reasons for not being able to do more sessions vary, from a lack of funds, to not wanting to over work their child, to competing activities.

In the past, I have really tried to work with our students who could only come once/week. Ultimately, it has proven to be frustrating both for the child and the tutor, because they do not see enough progress being made. The child ends up falling farther and farther behind, and feels like just giving up.

Orton-Gillingham is an intensive style of tutoring, originally intended to be done 5 days per week for at least an hour. Many experts and programs advocate that twice/week tutoring is the bare minimum that will work. We have seen this first-hand over the years, and so we now only offer tutoring twice/week or more. (The only exceptions to this would be children who are at or above grade-level and who are not in danger of falling behind.)