Since one half of the Give 33 team IS a dyslexia tutor (wifey, the better half of course), we can speak to this from experience and knowledge. For whatever reason — maybe it’s a well intentioned but over-promising person, or someone who has let the financial side of their life get too big, or something else, — there are some out there who have a bit of a predatory “vibe” to their tutoring pitch. In our opinion, there’s a realistic and healthy approach to helping those with dyslexia, and some opt instead for promises that go against reality, and often then use that “guaranteed cure” as a way to get you to commit a very large amount of money up front.
The dyslexiatraininginstitute.org has posted a quick article with some great tips to help you navigate the world of tutoring. This list focuses primarily on “be cautious if you see/hear these things”, and then breaks down WHY you should be cautious. It’s helpful because, let’s face it, many parents are exasperated with the struggle. They will do anything for their child, and that makes it hard to resist when you hear or meet someone who offers the very thing you’ve been searching for, even if the price is high.
So, be diligent, be smart, use this list, and be realistic. Yes, your child can get help, can make progress, and it is unfortunately going to cost money. But the amount of money, and the path and quantity of progress are all variables that should never be wrapped up in a one-size-fits-all sales pitch. Dyslexia is unique to every person, and the remediation should be done by someone who clearly communicates their understanding of that fact.
Check out the article here. LINK: Dyslexia and Tutors: A Cautionary Tale
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