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Dyslexia tutoring that's as individual as you are

No two students are alike, something some schools seem to forget when it comes to dyslexia. At Read Write Spell Right, we start by discovering each student’s strengths and challenges before deciding the tutoring approach that will work best for them.

Our tutoring bedrock is always the Barton Reading & Spelling System, but by taking a personalized approach we can enhance the student’s experience and success through other complementary modalities. 

Personalized 1-to-1 dyslexia tutoring

All Read Write Spell Write dyslexia tutoring is delivered 1-to-1 by Kimberly Downey through one-hour sessions. These are scheduled twice a week to maintain fidelity and ensure continued progress. Aspects of each session are customized so the student leaves with a real sense of accomplishment and mastery. 


In-person tutoring

The Read Write Spell Right philosophy is that, whenever possible, in-person dyslexia student tutoring is best. This is particularly true for the youngest students. We have offered this option uninterrupted since 2013. 


Hybrid tutoring

Mixing in-person and remote dyslexia tutoring eases logistical challenges — especially during peak hour traffic. And it makes it easier to schedule two or more weekly sessions so the student can progress faster.


Virtual tutoring

Read Write Spell Right has been delivering Barton Reading & Spelling sessions remotely since 2017, using dedicated software. This format works wells for most students and our virtual service is available US-wide.

Handwriting skills and sounds add to Barton-led tutoring mix

Read Write Spell Right Principal Kimberly Downey started tutoring her dyslexic son using the Barton Reading & Spelling System in 2013 and has now worked one-to-one with more than two dozen children, teens, and young adults. She is Barton-certified to Masters Level. 

Through Read Write Spell Right, Kimberly uses Foundation in Sounds for those not quite ready to start the 10-level Barton system, and Structured Word Inquiry to help students understand the logic behind English spelling.

Kimberly also incorporates the Reading Simplified modality, and aspects of Handwriting Without Tears. She used this method to teach her son cursive.

What our clients say about us

Parents and guardians of some of the many dyslexic students we’ve tutored share their experience of our unique Barton-led approach. 

He's now asking to read! January 2023

He has been reading out loud to us in the evenings the last few weeks and we can see SUCH an improvement in his accuracy, endurance, and confidence. For the first time, he is asking to continue rather than counting the seconds until we tell him he can stop. We are delighted with the progress he is making through your tutoring!

What a difference! October 2021

Thank you for everything!!!! What a difference you and the Barton Program have made in K's life! We appreciate you!

From despair to the Honor Society! May 2023

I wanted to share the good news that G is invited to join the National Junior Honor Society. I remember her despair a few years ago saying she was stupid and didn't care about school. I want to thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for all of your guidance and patience with G as she's worked through the Barton system with you. She couldn't have overcome dyslexia and accomplished this without you.

Teachers very impressed! August 2022

I know C. mentioned to you the meeting we had with our daughter's classroom and special education teachers. I wanted to share the specific comments from my notes that he made when he did an assessment on phonics and phonological awareness for background (not required by her IEP). He said that he sees she has had "very good instruction" in both of those areas and that he has "never seen a child who knows how to segment phonemes and read nonsense words as well as C.

Teachers notice results from early-stage tutoring March 2022

When E was still only at Barton Level 3 the effects from remediation were already noticed. E's teachers both noticed the strong progress she was making and they had seen the results of the tutoring in her classroom performance.

Think your child could be dyslexic?

At least one in five of us in the United States is dyslexic — maybe more. And if you’re reading this, it’s most likely because you believe someone close to you could be among them. If they’re showing three or more of the key warning signs and haven’t had a diagnosis yet, we highly recommend completing NeuroLearning’s Dyslexia Screening Test for a fast, accurate, assessment.

Alternative schooling

Sometimes homeschooling may be the right choice for your dyslexic student. It was for Read Write Spell Right Principal Kimberly Downey’s son, who she pulled from public school at the end of second grade. It had become clear to her that staying was simply not in his best interests.

She now draws on what they both learned during their positive homeschooling experience to help other families facing the same challenges decide what will work best for them.  

Dyslexia 101 for parents & guardians

This free mini-course will help you discover what’s most essential to help your struggling reader. As a parent or guardian, you need to know what works, what doesn’t work, and how to tell the difference.

Free mini-course