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Frequently Asked Questions

1. How is this tutoring different from the large tutoring chains such as Huntington Learning or Sylvan Learning Centers?
2. Shouldn’t my child’s problem be taken care of by the schools? Why should I have to pay for extra services?
3. I was told by my child’s school that he/she does not qualify for special education services or summer school. Is there anything that can be done?
4. How long do the Programs take?
5. What is phonemic awareness and why is it important to reading?
6. Why does the tutoring have to be done daily?
7. What are typical gains in reading level after tutoring?
8. What are my payment options?
9. How is the LiPS program different then other reading or phonics programs?

1. This tutoring uses the Lindamood-Bell Learning Processes® which help get to the root causes of reading and comprehension failure by addressing the student’s weaknesses in phonemic awareness, symbol imagery and comprehension. At the same time it is teaching reading, spelling, vocabulary and comprehension. Typically, the large tutoring chains use the same methods that the schools are using without addressing these underlying issues which have caused the student’s difficulty with learning. Go to the Top 

2. Perhaps they should, but far too often—and for a variety of reasons—the root problems that hinder your child’s reading and learning are not dealt with by the traditional methods that the school typically uses.Go to the Top

 3. Yes, because the Lindamood-Bell Learning Processes® are not just teaching academic skills like reading, but they also help develop a student’s ability to learn and comprehend. The average student typically gains 2-4 grade levels in reading after completing the tutoring program. They also have the skills to continue to develop higher and higher reading levels once they are done with the program. Go to the Top

 4. The Average child completes the LiPS® / Seeing Stars® Program in 100 hours.  The V. V. ® Program usually takes about 80 hours. Each client is different and an evaluation is recommended to determine an individualized Education Plan.  Go to the Top

 5. Phonemic Awareness is a term that describes the ability to discriminate between sounds or phonemes within words and to be able to break words down into sounds.  This is different from a phonics method of teaching reading.  For a child or adult to be able to learn a phonics reading program, they need "phonemic awareness" in order to be able to learn sounds in words.  In the Nov. 99 Issue of NEWSWEEK, article on "Dyslexia", they recommend: 

In selecting a program for their kids, Shaywitz advises parents and teachers to look for programs that emphasize breaking words down into sounds--what researchers call "phoneme awareness."  Dyslexic kids need very intense and specific help in this area, she says.  Go to the Top

 6. These programs are most effective if done daily.  Both V.V.® and LIPS® programs were designed to develop and make new connections in parts of the brain that are needed to read, spell, and comprehend efficiently.  The LIPS® program is working with the parts of the brain that process sounds in words.  This clinic has found that these programs work best when done intensively, at least 1-4 hours a day, 5 days a week.  Go to the Top

7.  Typical grade level gains in the LIPS®, Seeing Stars® Program are 2-4 grade levels following approximately 100 hours of tutoring on the Woodcock Reading Mastery Test--Word Attack Skills subtest.  Go to the Top

Typical grade level gains in the Visualizing & Verbalizing® Program following approximately 80 hours of tutoring on the Gray Oral Reading Test for Comprehension are 3-4 grade levels gain. Go to the Top

8.  Sessions are paid for in advance on a weekly basis with cash, check or credit card like MasterCard, Visa or American Express. Summer sessions require a deposit that will be applied to the final week that is scheduled. Go to the Top

 9. These programs are different than many reading programs because they teach phonemic awareness and symbol imagery.  They use a unique multi-sensory approach to teach students the sounds by how they feel in their mouth.  These programs help develop the student's visual memory to remember spelling and sight words.  See the Newsweek article for their recommendations of the program based on recent brain research studies. Go to the Top