Students who attend dyslexia tutoring at MCRC are committed to an in-depth, two plus year program. In addition to their regular school work they attend two sessions a week with a dyslexia tutor for 45 minutes each. The Barton Program, which is used at MCRC, utilizes all the senses to help children learn and adapt so that they can read on grade level. Numerous phonetic rules must be learned, tiles are maneuvered on boards to help them sound out words and they work very intently during their time at the Center with their tutor.
“The students are concentrating so hard on the content mastery that often their writing techniques suffer. Reading is the goal of the program, but we want the kids to be successful in all ways which includes how they write,” explained Kelly Gillett, Dyslexia Tutoring Liaison. “The team decided we should offer a summer camp for our kids – give them a fun way to work on strengthening the hand, body core, posture, pencil grip and basic handwriting skills.”
The inaugural sessions of “The Write Stuff” were held this summer at the Center and featured a fun space theme. Twelve children participated. “We did all kinds of activities that stretched or worked different parts of their bodies – and we had a lot of fun! We knew it had to be fun for the kids to really get the most out of the program and they did!” Gillett added.
The sessions were a tremendous success and positive progress was made by all the students that participated. “I feel certain we will want to have a camp like this again next year! Success breeds success and we want all our kids to succeed!” said Gillett.