Online Tutoring and Individual Reading Programs

These FAQs are designed to provide a better understanding how our academic programs work

Speech Teletherapy Dallas

What makes your tutoring programs specialized?

  • Academic tutoring targets your student’s core subject areas with a multi-sensory format from the comfort of your home computer or tablet, including:
    • Reading Decoding, Reading Comprehension and Written Composition Tutoring for students in Kindergarten through High School
    • Science, History, and Math Tutoring for students in Kindergarten through the 8th Grade

What is required for online services? (Including Therapy, Reading Programs and Tutoring)

  • For online services your child will need a tablet, laptop, or desktop computer with speakers and a webcam
  • We will need a parent’s e-mail address where we will send a link for the parent to set up a profile with a user-name and password, which needs to be done prior to attending online sessions
  • Parents receive e-mails for teletherapy sessions and they simply click on the link at their child’s appointment time on the device their child will be using
  • Depending on services needed, students may need to know how to type, use the touchscreen or mouse to manipulate text, objects/items on screen, or have a parent who can assist with this

What are the Costs for Tutoring and Reading Programs?

  • The cost for Tutoring is $30 for 30-minute sessions and $50 for hour long sessions
  • The cost for Reading Programs is closer to the cost of private pay therapy sessions,

$50 for 30-minute sessions and $100 for hour- long sessions

  • A sliding scale is offered for Reading Programs which may lower the cost based on household income and number of children
  • There is an additional cost of $250 for Reading Evaluations with a written report and goals, which is a requirement for our Reading Programs
  • There is not an assessment required for Tutoring sessions

What if I think my child has dyslexia?

  • We work with many students that have dyslexia and children that struggle with reading decoding who do not have a diagnosis
  • Your child does not need any diagnosis to qualify for our Tutoring or Reading Programs, although
  • A dyslexia diagnosis may be valuable for families when planning or advocating for educational purposes, and may help in the process of having a child evaluated for services at their public school
  • Our founding SLP provides comprehensive assessments to diagnose dyslexia. This involves
  • a full Speech-Language and Reading Assessment which includes:
    • Standardized Speech Language Assessments
    • Phonological Awareness and Phonological Processing skills
    • Receptive Language and Vocabulary Assessments
    • Standardized Reading Evaluation
  • The private pay cost for a full Speech-Language and Reading Assessment is $500.00

Insurance may cover all or a portion of the Speech-Language Assessment, and the family would be responsible for any co-pays and $250 for the Reading Evaluation

What if I think my child has a speech or language delay or disorder?

  • We specialize in pediatric speech and language (it’s our Day Job)!
  • So, reach out to us when your child is struggling with speech errors, language comprehension or language expression
  • We offer Free Speech-Language Screenings where parents and their child meet with a Speech-Language Pathologist for a “mini-test”
  • We recommend this if you are unsure if your child may qualify for therapy or if your child is shy
  • Screenings, Evaluations, and Therapy may be done at our clinic site or via teletherapy online
  • If your child has insurance, that may cover all or a portion of the cost for the Speech-Language Evaluation and Therapy
    • Private insurances we accept are: Blue Cross Blue Shield, United Healthcare, and TriCare
    • The Medicaid programs we accept are: TMHP, Parkland, Amerigroup and Children’s

Who are your Tutors?

  • Our Licensed Speech-Language Assistant Tutors have Bachelor’s Degrees in Communication Development and Disorders, and readily adapt to provide tutoring for reading decoding, comprehension and writing
  • Our Office Manager (aka Chief Happiness Manager) has a Teaching Certificate in Science and a Bachelor's in the field of Science; he was a Jr. High Science Teacher and has experience with Science and Math tutoring

What are the differences between Reading Tutoring and our Reading Programs?

The main differences between Tutoring and a personalized Reading Programs:

Tutoring:

  • Tutoring is intended for students that have a moderate level of difficulty but are able to grasp grade-level material with the assistance of a skilled Tutor
  • Tutoring is intended to assist students with their current coursework, though supplemental materials may be provided as needed

Personalized Reading Programs

  • Goal based individualized reading programs are designed and implemented by a Speech-Language Pathologist with a Master's Degree in Communication Disorders
  • Reading Programs include a Standardized Reading Evaluation with a written report and specific reading goals
  • Reading Programs are designed to:
    • boost skills for students whose families would prefer a more individualized program with an assessment and ongoing goals, or
    • to reach students that are more behind academically

How do your Reading Programs work?

  • First, we complete a Reading Program Intake Form over the phone
    • We will gather more specific information and schedule the Reading Evaluation, which may be done online or in our clinic
  • Our Standardized Reading Evaluations include a written report with Reading Program Goals
  • We will continue to assess your child’s needs and skill levels and adjust the goals and reading level as students make progress
  • Our Reading Programs are intended to be fully comprehensive and include specialized tools for reading decoding and comprehension, in addition to direct instruction in weak areas
  • While students with Reading Programs may bring their schoolwork or homework, this is optional, and we do not expect them to do so
  • Reading Programs are ideal for students that have weaknesses with phonics and phonological awareness or students that decode well but struggle significantly with comprehension
  • We utilize multisensory learning for both reading decoding and comprehension which accelerates the learning process
  • Whether the student struggles with reading decoding or comprehension, our approach aims to change the way they process spoken and written language to make reading easier and more interesting

How does your Tutoring work?

  • First, we complete a Tutoring Program Intake Form over the phone
    • We will gather more specific information regarding the areas of need and level of support required for the student to be successful
  • Parents e-mail or fax copies of the student’s materials before the tutoring session
  • For students with decoding weaknesses we will write cues on their materials and upload these copies to use during their sessions and e-mail parents the copies with these cues
  • Parents simply click the link from their e-mail and log in at the time of the session

How do your Reading Programs assist with Written Composition skills?

  • Student’s Reading Goals may include forming written sentences and/or editing sentences or paragraphs
  • As the student progresses the SLP will continue to monitor progress with written composition and adjust the goals or level of cues as needed.

What if my child qualifies for Speech-Language Therapy and needs more help with reading and/or schoolwork?

  • Parents have the option of adding Tutoring or Reading Program sessions in conjunction with Speech-Language Therapy
  • With this option we will schedule an hour of time for your child and provide two bills with separate charges for medical and non-medical services
  • We will bill insurance or a private pay cost for the first 30- minutes of the Therapy session, and bill parents separately for the second 30- minute Tutoring or Reading Program session

Please note that not all students will qualify for tutoring services; if your student is more than one semester or year behind in their reading grade level, then he or she is a better candidate for our full Reading Program. For students with reading decoding difficulties, they will need to be able to:

  • recognize the sounds that consonant and vowel letters make
  • and be able to blend sounds into words

If your learner is not able to do that yet, then he or she would need Reading Program services first, and we can switch to Tutoring sessions later once the basics have been mastered. We can help you determine over the phone if your child would need Tutoring or a Reading Program.

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