Guidance for Parents

Get online!

The following organizations are parent-oriented and offer support. Join their mailing lists or follow them on social media. Click the logo to visit their website.




Read a book!

If you read no other book, read this: Overcoming Dyslexia by Dr. Sally Shaywitz. You can buy it online or borrow it from your local library.



Know what works!

Learn about the Orton-Gillingham approach.
Here's a good place to start: Orton Gillingham: What It Is - Understood.org



Take a course!

AOGPE has an excellent online course for $49 USD (about $ CAD). Learn about it here

Find a Tutor

Find a tutor who uses the Orton-Gillingham approach.

Be sure to engage someone who has been certified by a recognized organization.
The leading organization in Canada is the Scottish Rite Charitable Foundation Learning Centres for Children Program. They currently run learning centres in Halifax, Moncton, Barrie, Hamilton, London, Windsor, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver. The tutoring is free but there is typically a long waiting list. Some of their certified tutors have moved on to provide pay-for-service tutoring.

Some Canadian tutors have been certified by U.S.-based organizations affiliated with one of the following:

  • the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practioners and Educators (AOGPE)    [link]
  • the International Multisensory Structured Language Education Council (IMSLEC)    [link]
  • the Academic Language Therapy Association (ALTA)    [link]
  • Tutors operate independently. Rates vary. Some tutors will come to your home; others tutor in their own home, an office or a public location such as a library. Each may have a short waiting list.

    Download this list of certified Scottish Rite tutors in the Windsor-Essex County area . The password to open the file is: tutorlist

    You can also obtain a list from AOGPE by following this link.

         

    Training

    Become a certified Orton-Gillingham tutor.

    Free training is available through the Scottish Rite. You will be required to commit to providing unpaid tutoring two hours, twice a week for two years at the learning centre. Contact your local Scottish Rite Learning Centre for details.

    Windsor Learning Centre      London Learning Centre