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Anonymous
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Posted:May 17, 2003 10:33:26 AM

I think it depends on what your child needs. For a late bloomer who just needs practice a college student may be fine. My child is LD and needs real professional help. Only someone with the proper background (ie graduate work in reading disabilities and familiarity with Orton) was going to make us feel comfortable.

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Anonymous
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Posted:May 17, 2003 1:05:35 PM

Just an aside since you have seen dramatic improvement in reading accuracy:

You may want to consider Great Leaps which we just purchased for my 12 year old son. It is specifically designed to improve fluency. My son is very motivated by the program and one of the beauties of it is that you can use it at home and it only takes about five to six minutes a day. It costs about $70 for the whole middle school program. Plus they send you two research based articles when you order it.

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Anonymous
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Posted:May 17, 2003 5:52:09 PM

I have Great Leaps, and plan to do it again this summer. We gave it a shot last summer, but his decoding was so labored that it was hard to see any effect. Its more appropriate now. Apparently his tutor has seen improvements in his fluency recently - I haven't noticed as much. We plan to discontinue all tutoring etc this summer to give the kid a break, but I will do Great Leaps with him precisely because it is so easy to do, and I believe the research.

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Anonymous
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Posted:May 18, 2003 2:59:33 AM

Thanks for the feedback. Yes, I do the business-card thing. It's more a mini-poster than a business card. I've picked up one or two people that way but not many. I also get a few people through community weekly newspapers and one or two from the college bulletin board. Recently, however, I've had really excellent response from a fairly inexpensive ad on a website called "toutMontreal.com" (everythingMontreal). So I want to extend website advertising because it does seem to be the way things are going. Slowly but surely building that clientele.

By the way, some people have advised contacting schools. I have had zero luck with that in a couple of different places. In fact, some schools have told me that they will not and cannot recommend a tutor outside the school system. Legal worries, I guess.

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Anonymous
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Posted:May 18, 2003 10:25:13 AM

Victoria,
All of the tutors recommended at my son's school are private, but that may be because he attends a private school to begin with. I'd check that out - a relationship with one in-school reading specialist could generate alot of business for you. My son's tutor sees mostly kids from his school. The teachers aren't encouraged to do the tutoring themselves. (I think the administration thinks it looks unseemly to ask parents to pay their teachers for tutoring on top of the tuition we already pay!)

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Bill Ryland
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Posted:Sep 28, 2009 6:10:51 PM

Quote Anonymous:

Is this program really as great as I read/hear? ... Suzi

Yes, the Lindamood-Bell programs are as great as you hear. They are "process-based" instruction, which strengthen the underlying sensory-cognitive functions for reading, comprehension, math, critical thinking and overall learning.

This approach cannot even be compared to other models which focus on content rather than process.

As an independent clinician/consultant trained in the programs, I have seen their dramatic affect on countless students.

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Anon12
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Posted:Jun 14, 2013 3:41:19 PM

Hi,

The rumors about Lindamood Bell are true. They charge (at least in NY) $125/hour and pay their clinicians $15/hour. I know someone who worked there for more than 5 years and was 2 steps above clinician, and she still only made $17/hour.

I worked there, so I know. I have also been a special ed teacher for over 20 years. And, I sent my own kids there and saw great results with them.

Most of their clinicians are in college, some just graduated from high school. They get 2 days of training in each program and then you pay $125 as they learn the program.

That being said, there is quite a bit of oversight, but if you are taking your kids early in the summer, most of the clinicians are new and inexperienced, though some are year-round or returning.

The program works wonders. Part of that is because the kids are working 4 hours, 5 days a week, for multiple weeks. Almost anything done that intensively will show progress. But Lindamood Bell absolutely does get through where other systems don't.

I am happy to answer any questions anyone might have about the programs.
[Modified by: Anon12 on June 14, 2013 03:43 PM]

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Hollie
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Posted:Feb 17, 2014 9:21:25 PM

Most people, even those who do not have or have not been diagnosed with LD still find Math difficult. I had difficulties in Math back in school, and unfortunately, I passed this on to my son. Since I’m really not the best person to help him in his Algebra class, I decided that getting outside help from a reliable tutoring agency was our best option. We were able to find an agency for Vancouver tutors (http://mygradebooster.com/) who offer private, in-home Math tutorial and my son is doing better. I think that paying a tutor is a great investment.

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