Building Thriving Minds specializes in identifying, strengthening, and transforming the lives of students struggling with reading, writing and math.
Tutoring in Missoula, MT.
Building Thriving Minds provides foundational cognitive and academic skills enabling struggling students to become more engaged and focused on their learning. Additionally, through my tutoring practice, I strive to provide parent support and outreach so they understand how to advocate for and assist their child in school and beyond.
"Science has moved forward at a rapid pace so that we now possess the data to reliably define dyslexia...For the student, the knowledge that he is dyslexic is empowering...[It provides him] with self-understanding and self-awareness of what he has and what he needs to do in order to succeed."
Sally Shaywitz, M.D., co-director of Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity
—Testimony before the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, United States House of Representatives
Dyslexia is a language-based learning disability. "Dyslexia refers to a cluster of symptoms, which result in people having difficulties with specific language skills, particularly reading. Students with dyslexia may experience difficulties in other language skills, such as spelling, writing, and speaking. Dyslexia is a life-long status, however, its impact can change at different stages in a person's life. It is referred to as a learning disability because dyslexia can make it very difficult for a student to succeed academically in the typical instructional environment."
-Taken from The International Dyslexia Association (IDA)
I offer individualized instruction for students experiencing language-related difficulties using an Orton-Gillingham* approach, which provides the multi-sensory and systematic foundational skills necessary to enable confident reading and spelling. Orton-Gillingham has been shown through research to be highly effective for students with language-based learning difficulties, such as dyslexia. Prior to starting an O-G program, it is often necessary to first build a strong phonemic awareness of our language, using highly specialized programs to help students develop these critical pre-reading skills.
*Recently this approach has been renamed "Structured Literacy".
Equipping Minds is a holistic approach that goes beyond academic instruction. It addresses underdeveloped cognitive areas which make learning and remembering difficult. Recent research has demonstrated that Equipping Minds works to increase working memory, processing speed, attention, comprehension, critical thinking, and communication skills by focusing on the whole person, by incorporating this cognitive development program with sound therapy and primitive reflex exercises to strengthen the memory, providing a strong foundation for effective learning.
The Institute for Excellence in Writing curriculum lays the foundation for my writing instruction. "In order to succeed in every area of life, children must hone the skills needed to communicate confidently and effectively. Through the process of learning to write well, students learn how to think clearly and to express themselves eloquently and persuasively." IEW website
When teaching math to young children, I use an approach that follows Orton-Gillingham methodology. I focus on concretely building the concepts of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division of whole numbers and fractions, telling time and understanding money through the use of manipulatives.
$48 per 50-minute session, plus a yearly $30. materials fee for tutoring. There will be additional material expenses for Equipping Minds (Student Workbook, Sound Therapy Materials, Primitive Reflex DVD)
Initial Assessments: $150. (2 sessions)