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MINDGUIDE LEARNING

Tutoring for learners with dyslexia and dyscalculia (MLD)

Compassionate and effective online tutoring using the
Orton-Gillingham Method and Multi-sensory Math.

TUTORING FOR LEARNERS
WITH DYSLEXIA AND DYSCALCULIA (MLD) 

Tutoring for learners

with dyslexia and dyscalculia (MLD)

Mindguide Learning offers, Compassionate and effective online tutoring using the Orton-Gillingham Method and Multi-sensory Math.

MULTISENSORY TUTORING FOR LEARNERS
WITH DYSLEXIA AND DYSCALCULIA 

What makes us Different?

We are not an app or a robot! We are real people teaching real students in real time.  Your child learns one on one with an experienced, observant, responsive tutor, trained to work with students who need a robust, non-traditional way of learning with immediate, personal feedback. 

Both math and language tutoring is structured, explicit,
multi-sensory and aligned with research-based best practice.

Mindguide tutors individualize instruction moment to moment, answering questions and offering the level of instruction your child needs at the pace they need, setting them up for success every step of the way.

What do we do?

MULTISENSORY MATH

✅ Concrete Representational Abstract method

✅ Interleaved Review in each session

✅ Skills Reinforced with Fun Games 

✅ Focus on a few select math facts at a time

ORTON GILLINGHAM LANGUAGE TUTORING

✅ Aligned with the Science of Reading

✅ Direct instruction in Handwriting if needed

✅ Skills are mastered before moving on 

✅ Connected text has no unfair words

What Do Mindguide Students Do?

What Do Mindguide Students Do?

Build Confidence 


We break information and tasks down to manageable bits - the individual sounds in words, the order of strokes in letter formation, or the steps in an algorithm. We work at a pace that builds confidence and reduces overwhelm. Explicit instruction leaves no room for ambiguity and provides a structured and systematic approach to learning, ensuring that every student can grasp and apply essential knowledge.

Improve reading and spelling


Using materials and movement, our students become more adept at identifying individual sounds and matching them to letters and letter combinations. Saying the sound of the letters while forming them with large motions solidifies sound/symbol connections. Students use hand signals to differentiate vowel sounds. More advanced students use material and movement to separate syllables in words and over time, reading fluency and spelling skills systematically and progressively develop.

Stay engaged with games


We know how to keep distractible students engaged while giving them the amount of repetition they need for permanent learning. For a part of each lesson, students play games to make this repetition novel and fun. The competitive or collaborative nature of games adds an element of excitement, encouraging players to actively participate in the learning process. 

Interact with digital manipulatives


Students can easily click and drag, duplicate, and delete when problem solving with our digital tools. Graphs, charts, and dynamic visualizations in online platforms help students grasp complex mathematical relationships and patterns that demystify algorithms. 

Strengthen resilience


Mindguide tutors recognize the importance of emotional well-being to the learning process. They create a positive environment that supports academic growth, self-awareness and self-acceptance. 
Our tutors help students hone the skill of perseverance - something only humans, not software, can do. 

We believe in the power of pencil and paper.

Yes, Mindguide fully embraces the benefits online learning, AND we still believe in the power of pencil and paper. Our students keep math journals to record new concepts and draw their own representations, because writing and drawing results in deeper understanding and greater retention. We use printable templates and near point references to help students avoid common errors.

To support handwriting and spelling, we teach letter formation explicitly, emphasizing starting points, direction, and proper sequencing of strokes. We encourage comfortable pencil/pen grip, spacing between words, and correct letter size and proportions, while teaching capitalization and punctuation in sentences. Tutors give real time feedback with the use of document cameras. All of this leads to greater retention than typing alone or clicking and dragging tiles to form words.

Increase writing speed and legibility in handwriting.


Many students who struggle academically also have poor handwriting. We use explicit instruction to teach letter formation and break down the process into specific steps, emphasizing starting points, direction, and proper sequencing. We encourage comfortable pencil/pen grip, spacing between words, and correct letter size and proportions. Capitals and punctuation are  

How does it work?

You’ll get valuable guidance and insight whether you join us or not.

We’ll find the right person for your child and offer a discounted trial to make sure it’s a good fit.

Your child is taught the way their brain needs to learn. Quarterly reports measure and celebrate progress!

What Do Mindguide Students Do?
THEY LOVE LEARNING

Our families love us!

Casey

Parent

Jennifer is an incredibly talented tutor who has been working with our son for over a year. She has a set of unique skills to not only work with children who may be struggling, but to meet the challenges they present and provide quality results. She is attentive to the child as a whole…socially, academically, mentally, etc. and is openly communicative with parents. I highly recommend her!

Michelle

Parent

My daughter, like most children, was reluctant to the idea of tutoring in the summer. However, she quickly became willing to go as she found Jennifer to make her feel comfortable and at ease. And even better, my daughter discovered that math could be understandable and interesting. To my surprise, my daughter expressed interest in continuing tutoring! My daughter shared “Jennifer was good at making math easier for me . And I got how to do the math tables more than I usually do. She is awesome!

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FAQ

Who do we serve?

Mindguide serves children 9 years of age and older who have a need for differentiated instruction in language and/or math. Many of our students have ADHD, autism and/or dysgraphia, and our tutors use specialized techniques to support them. 

What qualifications and experience do your tutors have?

Our tutors are highly qualified professionals with expertise in general education, special education and specific training in supporting students with dyslexia, dyscalculia, and ADHD. Most of our tutors are experienced teachers still in the classroom, some are retired. A few have PhDs or are enrolled in PhD programs. All our tutors undergo rigorous training in the Orton-Gillingham method and the Concrete-Representational-Abstract (CRA) method. It's important to note that OG and CRA are methods, not scripted, boxed curricula and Mindguide is not wedded to any one training center or organization. All of our OG tutors are trained by organizations recognized by the International Dyslexia Association. There is no parallel organization for multi-sensory or CRA/CPA math.  Tutors use the essential aspects of each method to support individual learners. 

How does pricing and scheduling work?

Our students are living with significant academic challenges that can take years to remediate, and some Mindguide students have been with us for four or five years. We ask for at least a six month commitment and use a monthly tuition system. Monthly amounts are based on the number of possible lessons within those months times the hourly rate, which is $85 per session. Most families' monthly rates are just over $600 a month. 

What are the benefits of online tutoring?

This is not quarantine-style distance learning! Our online tutoring format allows for one-on-one interactive sessions where students can engage with physical materials and digital tools in a way that is tailored to their individual learning styles. Students are comfortable in their own homes, not self-conscious in front of peers, and always observed. Tutors adapt to their emotional and academic needs moment to moment. It's convenient for parents too - no more rush hour drives and waiting. 

What is Orton Gillingham?

The Orton-Gillingham method is a research-based, multi-sensory approach that focuses on teaching phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency and comprehension. It is diagnostic and prescriptive, meaning we assess existing student knowledge and build upon it in a structured and sequential way according to each student's needs. 

What is the Concrete, Representational/Pictorial, Abstract method of math instruction?

The Concrete-Representational/Pictorial-Abstract (CRA/CPA) method emphasizes the use of manipulatives and visual representations to help students grasp mathematical concepts concretely before moving to abstract symbols and equations. It gives students the why and how of math rather than rules and steps to follow without conceptual understanding. 

How do you support students with ADD/ADHD?

Every child with ADD/ADHD is different. Some need a dopamine boost through gamification. Some need an energy release through physical activity like jumping jacks or stretching. They all need "brain breaks." We use checklists to help them keep track of lesson progress, and give lots of positive feedback. Tutors observe student responses and gauge the effectiveness of such supports. Since ADHD symptoms are unique in each learner and even from day to day, strategies are adapted along the way.

How do you measure student progress and success?

Our intake assessments give us a starting point in the scope and sequence. The math assessment is based on conversation and observation. We ask students how they feel about math, how they solve or would solve a math equation. We review even the most basic numeracy skills to see if there are inaccuracies in counting, skip counting, reading and writing numbers, or their conceptual and procedural understanding of the four operations. 

Before starting with language students, we assess four skills:  phonemic awareness (separating and manipulating the sounds within words), phonics knowledge (sound/symbol correspondence), spelling and reading fluency. Parents receive a report with this information. 

Post-assessment data is taken every quarter so we can celebrate our students' success. 

What Makes Us Different?

RELATIONSHIP BASED

We know we need to build trust with your child in order for them to be vulnerable and show us their struggles. We start by making an authentic connection, then meet them where they are. Lessons are at their own pace, and celebrate the small wins. Over time, they come to realize that we are valuable advocates for them. 

INDIVIDUALIZED

We adapt our teaching style to the emotional and cognitive needs of each learner. One in three children with dyslexia also lives with ADD/ADHD. Our children are coping with anxiety, low self-esteem, and even depression. At Mindguide, we address the needs of the whole child, putting mutual respect, trust and compassion first while using science backed instructional methods.

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