Tutoring for Children with Dyslexia
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In-person one-on-one tutoring sessions for children in 2nd-6th grade diagnosed with dyslexia or other language disorders.
KidsQuest is located inside the LearningQuest office at the Stanislaus County Library
1500 I St., Modesto, CA 95354
Helping Young Minds
Catch Up to Their Grade Level
This program is for children in grades 2-6 with an active IEP for dyslexia or a specific language disability. Trained volunteer tutors teach students using hands-on activities through the Barton Reading & Spelling System©, an Orton-Gillingham-influenced, simultaneously multisensory, explicit and systematic phonics program.
KidsQuest tutors are also trained to deliver Structured Word Inquiry (SWI) instruction. In this way, students receive both left-brain (speech, language processing and reading) and right-brain (visual processing, problem solving) instruction.
Student progress is assessed regularly as they move through the Barton levels. Instruction continues until students achieve grade level competency. Students will be screened by our reading specialist to see if the Barton program would be an appropriate intervention.
“Leaping Grades and Building Confidence”
Meet Miranda and her tutor, Tim
"When my child, Miranda, wasn’t able to keep up with the rest of her class in reading and spelling, I knew something was wrong.”
Read Miranda's story HERE
“Keelers Keep Going”
Carrie pushed to get Thomas support
“He has so much more to say and prove then what he is able to. To watch him grow and struggle less with each session leaves us grateful and speechless.”
Read about Thomas' story HERE
“Caring for Kelly’s Granddaughters”
Grandma gets involved
"I want them to get all the help they need so they don’t have to struggle their whole lives. I don’t want them to be at a disadvantage in life. It makes me so happy to see them making strides."
Read about Lily & Ailee HERE
Dyslexia Index Assessment
WIAT-4 Dyslexia Index is a brief, individually administered, performance-based screening tool that provides risk assessment, strength of risk, and interpretive information for team and parent/caregiver communication regarding individuals who may be at risk for dyslexia.
Ages 4 - 50
$100 testing fee
Requesting an Initial Evaluation from the SchoolCheck out this link to learn how to request an initial evaluation for your child https://www.parentcenterhub.org/evaluation-2/
California Dyslexia Guidelineshttps://www.cde.ca.gov/sp/se/ac/documents/cadyslexiaguidelines.pdf This online resource contains the most current information about dyslexia in the California Schools. It provides definitions, signs of dyslexia, and discusses assessments, appropriate interventions, parental rights, and legal concerns. There are several helpful appendices and a glossary of terms frequently used when meeting with educators. “A child’s parent or a public agency may initiate a request for an initial evaluation to determine whether the child has a disability. The initial evaluation must be conducted within 60 days of receiving parental consent for the evaluation (Title 34, Code of Federal Regulations, Section 300.301[b] and [c]). Early identification of and intervention with students who show the warning signs of dyslexia are critical for achieving better outcomes. Parents are an important component of the school team, and they should be included in discussions regarding potential learning issues involving their child.” (page 96, FAQ)
What is dyslexia?“Dyslexia is a specific learning disability that is neurobiological in origin. It is characterized by difficulties with accurate and/or fluent word recognition and by poor spelling and decoding abilities. These difficulties typically result from a deficit in the phonological component of language that is often unexpected in relation to other cognitive abilities and the provision of effective classroom instruction. Secondary consequences may include problems in reading comprehension and reduced reading experience that can impede growth of vocabulary and background knowledge.” (International Dyslexic Association) For more information on signs of dyslexia at different ages: https://www.idaontario.com/signs/ Though many students that are on IEP’s do not have this noted in their files, it will mention that the student struggles with reading or has a language processing concern.
What type of tutoring does KidsQuest offer?KidsQuest relies on volunteer tutors who have passed a background check and attended a training on dyslexia and the Barton program that we use. Tutors meet with students and provide one-on-one instruction twice a week for one hour at the Modesto Library. We do not offer other forms of tutoring, such as in math, general homework help, or other content areas.
Are there other tutoring services in the area?We do not provide referral services. An internet search will provide information on local tutoring services.
What grade level is the program geared?We exclusively accept students in grades 2-6.
How do students enroll in the program?A parent or guardian is invited to contact our Program Coordinator through email or a phone call. The student will be placed on our waitlist. When a trained tutor becomes available, the student will need to be screened by our reading specialist to determine if our program would be beneficial and appropriate for the student. If the student qualifies for the program, a trained tutor will be matched with the student and a tutoring schedule can be set.