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Dyslexia Awareness month (3)
KidsQuest Dyslexia Tutoring: Welcome
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Tutoring for Children with Dyslexia


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


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Helping Young Minds

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KidsQuest Dyslexia Tutoring: Programs

One-on-One Tutoring

This program is for children in grades 2-6 with an active IEP for dyslexia or a specific language disability.  Students will be screened by our reading specialist to see if the Barton program would be an appropriate intervention. Students are taught using hands-on activities through the Barton Reading & Spelling System©, an Orton-Gillingham-influenced, simultaneously multisensory, explicit, and systematic phonics program.  KidsQuest tutors are recruited and trained using the Barton Reading and Spelling System.  In this way, students receive both left-brain (speech, language processing and reading) and right-brain (visual processing, problem solving) instruction. 

Parents need to complete a short application form, after which their child will be screened by our reading specialist to determine if the Barton System is the best fit for their child. This screening is the basic knowledge that a student must know for the Barton System to be an effective tool.   


Once a student is screened and accepted into the program, they are put on a wait list until a suitable volunteer tutor can be matched with them.  If the student does not pass the screening, the parents are given resources to continue to work with their child, and a date will be provided to re-screen the child 3-4 months later.   

Dyslexia Testing

Our students are given the WIAT-4 Dyslexia Index Assessment. It is an individually administered, performance-based screening tool that Identifies patterns of risk assessment, strength of risk, and interpretive information for team and parent/caregiver communication regarding individuals who may be at risk for dyslexia
It offers diagnostic decisions, placement, and eligibility.  It evaluates response to intervention and assesses a broad range of skills and specific areas of need. It is performed by a professional who is an expert in dyslexia, and has received intense, specialized training in how to accurately give and score the tests, and to interpret the results. Dyslexia is the most common reason a bright student will struggle with reading, spelling, or written composition. At LearningQuest we catch them before they fall.   

KidsQuest Dyslexia Tutoring: Schedule
  • Requesting an Initial Evaluation from the School
    Check out this link to learn how to request an initial evaluation for your child
  • California Dyslexia Guidelines 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: 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.

Questions about tutoring for your child or becoming a KidsQuest volunteer?  Contact


Amanda Sackett

Program Coordinator


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