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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.

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

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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)

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Total Cost (with travel)

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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.


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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.)

Dyslexic Advantage Community

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Does your child’s spelling list make sense?

The spelling list your child brings home every week can tell you a lot about how they are teaching reading and spelling at his/her school. If the words are following a similar pattern, such as “bat, cat, can, lap” (short-a words) or “nation, vacation, conviction, election” (all “tion” words), then spelling is being taught as a skill that follows predictable patterns and can be learned through word-study.

However, if your child’s spelling list looks more like “autumn, apple, because, doll” and is just random words or a list of sight words that do not follow any particular pattern, then you should be concerned. Your child is being taught that spelling is random and all words must be memorized. This is not an efficient way to learn how to read and spell!

As a side-note: yes, around 10% of English words do not follow the pattern, and these must be learned by rote. But those 10% of words still all have predictable parts and only one or two letters which must be memorized! This should be pointed out to children, and studied using multisensory techniques.

Learning By Design has published this great list of Ten Things Parents Can do to Improve Spelling. I encourage you to take a look!