For many busy families, online reading intervention best meets their needs. Sessions are held using Zoom or Google Meets which allow students to use various kinds of technology. Our online sessions follow the same format as the office sessions but can be delivered in increments of 60 minutes or 30 minutes, depending on the student's age and learning style. Since a full Orton-Gillingham lesson is typically 60 minutes, during 30 minute sessions we alternate between introducing new material and reviewing previously taught material.
For best results, we suggest the following:
*The student should work at a table or desk in a quiet area away from distractions. Be sure to choose a location with a strong WIFI connection.
*If possible, the student should use a laptop or iPad (these work best with the Zoom platform, whereas Chromebooks can be problematic).
*Test WIFI ahead of time to ensure a strong connection.
*The student may use earbuds or headphones, but they are not required.
*The student should have a writing tool (pencil or Expo marker/eraser) and something to write on (notebook, white board, or wipe off writing mat).
*After the student connects to the Zoom session, we suggest parents move to another room so they are not visible to their child. We find that when a parent is in close proximity, the child may become anxious or seek parental help when struggling, which impedes the learning process.
*At the end of each session, we will communicate what new learning took place and what parents should do at home to support their child. Practice is critical and should be done on days when the student does not receive tutoring sessions. This communication can take place after the session or be communicated via email or text. We will consult with the parent to see which method of communication they prefer. Materials for continued practice at home will be emailed to parents.