How to Become a Dyslexia Tutor

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Dyslexia occurs when the brain is unable to process language correctly. Children with dyslexia have great difficulty learning to read and write through traditional teaching methods and respond much better to specialized instruction using multisensory techniques. Because most teachers aren't trained adequately to deliver appropriate instruction to dyslexic children, dyslexia tutors are used to supplement or replace traditional language instruction. In recent years, dyslexia awareness has increased; thus, the need for qualified dyslexia tutors has also grown.

Review several dyslexia tutor training programs online. Start with well-known programs such as Barton Reading & Spelling System, Davis Dyslexia Association International, the Scottish Rite Dyslexia Training Program, the Orton-Gillingham program, or a dyslexia training program accredited by The International Multisensory Structured Language Education Council. The IMSLEC accredits those programs that include teach language structures explicitly and intensively using multisensory teaching methods that incorporate visual, auditory, and tactile language experiences simultaneously.

Apply to your selected program and upon acceptance, pay program tuition and/or fees. Requirements for acceptance vary among programs. Some programs require that applicants have only a high school diploma, while others require a bachelor's degree.

Choose a few children to work with while completing the chosen program. Different programs require varying numbers of training hours and may require that you work with several students during your course of study. Some programs allow you to work with your own children or family members. You may find other candidates by asking friends and coworkers about children who might benefit from the program.

Document all practice tutorial sessions extensively to show evidence of your expertise as a dyslexia tutor. Submit assignments and documentation to the designated person or department at your chosen program. Also, keep copies of your documentation and work samples.

Create a portfolio including your resume, dyslexia therapy completion certificate and student work samples. Present this portfolio to local schools and parents of dyslexic children. Some dyslexia tutors work for a school district and tutor children assigned to them while other dyslexia tutors may work out of their homes or small offices, tutoring children during after-school hours. In this case, you will need to inform parents of your available hours and hourly rate.

Tips & Warnings

  • Be careful when selecting a dyslexia training program. If the program requires very little time and effort, it is likely not a legitimate program.

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