What Parents Should -- and Should NOT -- Do
by Susan Barton, Developer
Barton Reading & Spelling System
1. Use only one reading intervention program.
If your child is getting one-on-one tutoring using an Orton-Gillingham-based system, do not allow the school to provide any other type of reading or spelling intervention – not with a reading specialist, not in a special education class or the resource room, and not in a before- or after-school reading club. Your child needs an Orton-Gillingham approach, and if the child receives any other type of reading instruction at the same time, it will only confuse your child.
2. Increase the frequency of tutoring during the summer.
The more often a student is gets the right type of tutoring, the faster the child will improve. Summer is an ideal time to increase the tutoring frequency – because during the summer, there is no homework, there are no tests to study for, etc. Children will improve their reading, spelling and writing skills more with an hour a day of the right type of tutoring than by going to summer school.