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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:

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.

How can parents help with math homework they don’t understand?

Common Core Math: Where 5 lines and 4 dots equals... something.

Common Core State Standards for math

There has been a lot of discussion lately on the new Common Core State Standards for math, and how they emphasize learning the “why” behind what is going on rather than just a rote formula for solving equations. This has led to a lot of confusion as parents aren’t sure how to do this type of math, and are not sure how to help their kids with their math homework.

This is a great article from the National Center for Learning Disabilities on strategies to use when helping your child with math homework you don’t understand yourself!

I use a multisensory, Orton-Gillingham math program which helps even the most number-challenged kids *get* tricky math concepts! I myself have dyscalculia so I know what works and what doesn’t. If your child is bringing home homework that just doesn’t make any sense and you’re not able to help him or her, contact me!

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.)

The case for labeling

This young man with dyslexia wrote an excellent blog post about why labeling your child with dyslexia is not a bad thing! It can be very liberating and empowering. Kids know when something is “wrong” with them, but if they don’t have a label they will think the worst. This usually means they will label themselves as “stupid”. Don’t let that happen to your bright dyslexic child!