With online tutoring your child can stay sharp all summer long and even pick up new skills. This will help keep them ready for the challenges of the new school year.
As a teacher, I have personally seen what is called the “summer slump.” When students come back to school in August or September they are often lacking skills that they had mastered towards the end of the previous grade level. Even students that are advanced academically come back with deficits. Most students are able to catch up relatively quickly because for them, reading is like riding a bike. However, for students with dyslexia and other reading difficulties, the summer slump can make school even more challenging and frustrating.
It is important to note that summer skill loss is not inevitable. By engaging your child in reading activities that are purposeful, rigorous, and fun it is possible for your student to retain all of their previously learned skills and even make progress.
One great way to beat the summer slump is with an online tutoring program. The online tutoring program we offer at RW&C is a comprehensive structured literacy methodology and includes instruction from a trained reading clinician. All of our clinicians have proven their ability to understand the ins and outs of the English language and use effective strategies to teach it to students. With our online tutoring program your child will receive forty-five minutes of direct, focused instruction each week.
online tutoringIn addition, our clinicians will assess your child in order to make sure s/he receives quality, targeted instruction. Since our tutoring is one on one, there is no one size fits all and the program is adjusted to fit the needs of your child. This means that whether your child struggles with language, phonemic awareness, spelling, comprehension, or some combination of skills, our clinicians will be able to deliver the content your child needs to improve individual skills.
Our online tutoring program also offers flexibility. Since you don’t have to physically be present, your child can get help anywhere there is Wi-Fi. This means that most trips don’t have to be scheduled around your sessions because you can complete them on the go.
Finally, our online tutoring is designed to be fun. Our clinicians are skilled at motivating students and keeping them engaged. There is also a fun, game based online practice options that kids love! This additional weekly practice is key to success and students have a great time with it. This helps build skills as well as a positive attitude around reading and spelling.
If online tutoring sounds like a good option for your family this summer, call our office today to schedule your first session. With quality online instruction your child will be on the right path towards over-coming the summer slump and retaining all those skills s/he worked so hard to gain last year.


Becky Welsch
(480) 213-4156


Becky Welsch has a Master’s degree in K-8 Education. She is certified to teach in the state of Arizona and has special endorsements in the areas of English Language Learners and Reading. Becky has worked with struggling readers in the primary as well as secondary grades. Her experience also includes intensive reading intervention both in person as well as with online teletherapy. Becky has experience with early literacy skills like phonics and phonemic awareness development. She has used several structured literacy programs including Language! and Spalding phonics. She is also trained to administer DIBELS tests and has worked with the DIBELS Next reading remediation program.


When it comes to reading instruction, not all programs are created equal, especially for children who struggle with reading due to dyslexia or other learning disabilities that make it harder to learn to read. Many parents and students may feel overwhelmed when reading doesn’t just click or come naturally. Overburdened school districts often lack the resources or professional knowledge to help struggling readers and many students may fall through the cracks.

Whether your child has been diagnosed with a reading disability like dyslexia, or is simply struggling to read, you may feel like it is impossible to get the help you need. There are many online tutoring programs that are designed to help. While online tutoring can be a great option for many families, it is important to research any programs to ensure that they offer effective reading instruction.

What to look for in an online tutoring program

If you are looking for an online reading program, here are a few things to keep in mind when you are evaluating your options.
  1. Trained Clinicians: There are online programs like those offered by RW&C that have trained clinicians who can deliver effective reading instruction remotely. Your child deserves to have someone who has been trained in reading remediation strategies and has experience. Online programs can be very effective but they will only be as effective as the clinician working with your child so make sure you choose wisely.
  2. Program Components: In 1997, a national reading panel developed guidelines for effective reading instruction. These included phonemic awareness, phonics, morphology, vocabulary, comprehension, and fluency. Any effective online tutoring program will have these components. The online curriculum developed at RW&C is based on a structured language approach (formerly the Orton-Gillingham methodology) and covers each of these areas extensively.
  3. Additional Support: Weekly sessions are important, but so is daily practice. Make sure that any program you choose offers resources for both table top and online practice. In order to be successful, your child needs to repeat concepts until mastery.
  4. Progress Monitoring: Your clinician should offer baseline assessments as well as progress check points to ensure that your child is making progress. If not, the clinician should have the knowledge to offer suggestions and other methods of teaching to ensure that your child can succeed.
  5. Multi-Sensory Learning: Children are most successful when multiple modalities are utilized. An effective online program should include reading, writing, underlining, graphic organizers, and other methods to engage your child.

By doing your research to ensure that your child participates in an exemplary online tutoring program, you will be taking an important first step in helping your child become a life-long reader. This is a gift that will last a lifetime.

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(480) 213-4156

Timmie Murphy has dedicated most of her adult life to individuals with special needs. She has taught children with learning challenges in the classroom for over 11 years. Timmie has experience working with individuals diagnosed with dyslexia, learning disabilities, cognitive and neurological disorders, Attention Deficit Disorder, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, including Asperger’s Syndrome and Autism. Timmie Murphy is the founder and owner of RW&C, LLC. She is a graduate of St. Mary’s Dominican College with a B.A. in Elementary Education and Special Education.