Dyslexia Tutoring is a quickly growing field, particularly in regards to private tutoring services. It is estimated that 10% of the population has dyslexia, but this number can be as high as 17%. This means that there are at least 5 children in every classroom that will need a specialized dyslexia tutor. On today’s post, I will give you some tips and suggestions on how to become a dyslexia tutor and start a thriving tutoring business.
1. Get Orton-Gillingham Training
You will first want to get some dyslexia tutor training. Not every dyslexia training course is going to be the same. Some are just a few hours of Online training and some are very extensive trainings with a supervised practicum. There are multiple pathways for dyslexia tutors. The type of training you chose to take is entirely up to you. One is not necessarily better than the other. It really depends on what works out best for you and your needs. The most common method is the Orton-Gillingham method. Here is a list of trainings that you can check out:
The PRIDE Reading Program
This online, self-paced course is for anyone who is looking to tutor dyslexic children. This course will give you a very nice overview of the Orton-Gillingham approach and multisensory teaching strategies. This course is also FREE. The link for the free O-G Course is HERE.
The Orton-Gillingham Online Academy
This online venue is a great option for busy parents and educators. The link is HERE.
The Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators
This is a very well respected dyslexia training academy in New York. The Academy offers training in various states and a supervised practicum is required. The link is HERE.
2. Purchase a Dyslexia Curriculum for Tutoring
You will want to purchase a curriculum that is specialized for children with dyslexia and will be easy for you to use with multiple students. Here is a list of programs that you can consider for your tutoring business:
The PRIDE Reading Program
This heavily scripted out Orton-Gillingham reading program gives you everything you need for your dyslexia tutoring business. The program is heavily scripted out and extremely easy to use. The link for this dyslexia curriculum is HERE.
The Wilson Reading System
Many public schools use this Orton-Gillingham reading program in their special education classes. The link is HERE.
The Sonday System
This is a systematic, structured and multisensory reading curriculum based on the Orton-Gillingham approach. The link is HERE.
3. Set Your Tutoring Rate
Factors that will affect how much a dyslexia tutor charges include location, education, and experience. A typical dyslexia tutor will charge between $40-70 per hour. A very experienced dyslexia tutor with an already established business might charge between $70-100 per hour. I know dyslexia tutors in Northern California that charge $120 an hour and have a very busy and thriving tutoring business!
4. Determine Your Tutoring Hours
Most dyslexia tutors will need to tutor a single client no less than twice a week for one-hour sessions. The best way to figure out how many hours of instruction a child needs is to begin with an assessment. Most of the dyslexia curriculum that you purchase will come with a placement assessment. From my own experience, it takes around 60 hours of Orton-Gillingham instruction to improve one entire grade level. If a child is in 2nd grade, but places in Level 1, then that child will need at least 60 hours of remediation to catch up with his or her peers. That means you will need to recommend at least 3 days a week of one- hour lessons for the student to just catch up.
Dyslexia tutoring fills a niche that can’t be filled in today’s busy schools alone. It is such a rewarding job. When you can help kids learn and grow, it just makes you feel amazing inside. Good Luck to you and Happy Tutoring!
Karina Richland, M.A., is the author of the PRIDE Reading Program, a multisensory Orton-Gillingham reading, writing and comprehension curriculum that is available worldwide for parents, tutors, teachers and homeschoolers of struggling readers. Karina has an extensive background in working with students of all ages and various learning modalities. She has spent many years researching learning differences and differentiated teaching practices. You can reach her by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website at www.pridereadingprogram.com