Dyslexia Coach of N.J., LLC

Jennifer K. Slaight

Certified Dyslexia Specialist
Monmouth County, N.J.

JenSlaight@gmail.com

732.882.9695
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If your child struggles with reading
and
especially spelling
, chances are they need a different approach to learning. 

What is dyslexia?  Watch this 4 minute video on the learning style of a dyslexic brain.
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Reading problems are NOT outgrown, they are persistent. 90% of children who struggle with reading early on, will struggle when they are adults.

Our tutoring program will greatly improve the reading, spelling and writing skills of children, teenagers or adults who struggle with reading due to dyslexia or a learning disability.

Dyslexia Tutor  
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    Certified Dyslexia Specialist

As a Dyslexia Specialist, I understand the need for a multi-sensory teaching approach which accommodates different learning styles.  As an adult living with dyslexia, I also know how frustrating, tedious and mundane that learning process can be.

As a result, I believe in a non-evasive teaching philosophy while introducing real world applications. 

Any Orton-Gillingham system will work, but I use the BEST Orton-Gillingham program available.  I'm the ONLY certified tutor in the state using this premier system. 

Many programs may only work with-in the confines of the classroom.  I prepare students for life after school and success beyond the florescent lights.  I teach them how their brain works, and give them tools so they can independently use their strengths to overcome weaknesses . . . in any setting.

Jennifer Slaight
Certified Dyslexia Specialist
Orton-Gillingham Provider
The Barton Method

Freehold, NJ
Monmouth County
(732) 882-9695

As an Orton-Gillingham provider, our one-on-one tutoring service is the fastest way in attaining academic goals. It's also the only program scientifically proven to work. 

Our goal is to get students reading, at or above grade level, as quickly as possible.  Some other programs might work, at first, but those results are short term.  We guarantee long term results because we use a premier Orton-Gillingham program.

This is the only reading program your child will ever need.

This multi-sensory approach to learning includes the use of all senses:

  • visual

  • auditory

  • tactile

  • and kinesthetic

Many people find flat, 2-dimensional learning difficult to retain.  It's time we use all of our resources to optimize learning.

We teach spelling as strongly as reading
but we also teach:

  • grammar
  • basic punctuation
  • fluency
  • prosody (inflection)
  • and morphology (unit of language)

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(732) 882 - 9695
JenSlaight@gmail.com

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What Is Dyslexia?

Dyslexia is not rare. In fact, 1 in 5 people have it.  It is the most common reason a child will struggle with reading, spelling and written expression.  In adults, difficulty with literacy skills may be subtle.  They may read and write with accuracy but will be extremely slow at carrying out those tasks.

The term dyslexia was initially used to denote difficulty with reading.  Today dyslexia encompasses a broader meaning which includes having difficulties in the following areas:

  • Literacy skills
    (reading, writing, spelling and note taking)

  • Phonological skills
    (processing the sounds of language)

  • Short term memory

  • Visual processing skills
    (ie - tracking a series of numbers)

  • Sequencing and organizational skills

 

These difficulties do not impair
intellectual ability or creativity.

Dyslexia is an inherited condition that makes it extremely difficult to read, write and spell despite having at least average intelligence.

According to the National Institutes of Health, dyslexia is defined as a specific learning disability that is neurological in origin. It is characterized by difficulties with accurate and fluent word recognition and by poor spelling and decoding abilities.

These difficulties typically result from a deficiency in the phonological component of language.  It's a weak listening skill in processing sound structure that make up a word.  Poor phonemic awareness results in the inability to recognize individual sounds in a word.

Once a person with dyslexia understands how their brain works, they can optimize the use of their strengths to overcome their weaknesses. 

Frequently Asked Questions About Dyslexia


Dyslexia is a 
language processing problem
, 
not necessarily a reading problem.

There is a physical, structural difference 
with the brain of a dyslexic.  
It is not damaged or defective, just different. 

Phonemic awareness and understanding sounds


Solution for Success:
Learn how you learn.

Dyslexia prevents many people from reaching their full potential, but those who receive appropriate help can succeed in school and pursue any career they choose. 

People with dyslexia learn differently from others, so they learn best if they are taught differently.

A Multi-sensory Structured Language (MLS) approach enables people with dyslexia to use the strengths of their brain to overcome their language processing weaknesses.  

The structure of language is learned best when listening, speaking, reading, and writing are taught together, using all of their senses, to enhance memory and learning. 

The vast majority of people with dyslexia can learn to read, write and spell competently if taught in this manner by a qualified instructor.



Frequently, a dyslexic child's strengths are overlooked by their weaknesses.  That specific, isolated phonological impairment is just a very small piece of the puzzle.  The strengths that accompany dyslexia, far outnumber that processing weakness. In order to supply a growing sense of self confidence, these gifts should be identified and nurtured.

These strengths include:

  • Creativity
  • Empathy
  • Strong ability to analyze and reason
  • Great visualization skills
  • Superior imagination
  • And ability to think in novel ways

It is imperative that these known strengths, and not weaknesses, define a person's life.


In order to bring the reading, writing and spelling skills of a child with dyslexia up to grade level,
a student needs five things
that the public school systems cannot supply:

  1. The right system
    (an Orton-Gillingham system, Wilson Reading System is the most affordable and will work, with the right instructor, but the Barton Method is the newest and best program available)
  2. The right instructor
    (someone who is well trained 
    and certified in that system)
  3. Instruction at the right intensity level
    (at least twice a week, 
    for up to an hour each time)
  4. The right setting
    (one-on-one tutoring is best; 
    one-on-three is maximum)
  5. For the right duration. 
    (until the student's skills are at 
    or beyond grade level)

It is never too late to greatly improve the reading, spelling and writing skills of someone with dyslexia.

 

Jennifer Slaight: a certified reading tutor and spelling tutor specializing in dyslexia.
Serving Monmouth County and Ocean County, New Jersey. 
These areas include:
Freehold, Howell, Manalapan, Colts Neck,
Tinton Falls, Eatontown, Red Bank,
Little Silver,
Fair Haven, Rumson, Sea Bright, Monmouth Beach, Long Branch and the Jersey Shore. 
Call for more information on diagnosing dyslexia.

732-882-9695
JenSlaight@gmail.com

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References:  www.interdys.org , Sally Shaywitz Yale University, www.NIH.gov

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"Once a person with dyslexia understands how their brain works, they can optimize the use of their strengths to overcome their weaknesses."
~Jen
 
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