Tutoring Jobs for Children with Dyslexia- Tutor Using Slingerland or Susan Barton Methods | Charge $100 per hour or more
Make over $100 an hour tutoring | part two
In our last segment we looked at the possibility of becoming a tutor and tutoring job possibilities. We discussed some of the requirements, along with the varied outlets for tutoring…from online tutoring companies to owning your own tutoring business. We also briefly looked at the pay scale you can expect. In this segment, we will discuss two established tutoring programs specifically designed for clients who have difficulties reading due to Dyslexia. Becoming a specialty tutor in this field can be one of the most rewarding and lucrative of all the options.
Susan Barton System
What is Dyslexia? A look at the founders of the Orton-Gillingham Method
First let’s take a look at what is classified as Dyslexia:
“Dyslexia is any of various reading disorders associated with impairment of the ability to interpret spatial relationships or to integrate auditory and visual information” (dictionary.com).
As a tutor, for clients struggling with Dyslexia, your focus will be in the combined areas of reading, writing, and spelling. The backbone of the research in Dyslexia came primarily from the famous Orton-Gillingham method created in the 20th century by two individuals, Samuel Orton and Anna Gillingham.
Samuel Orton, a neuropsychiatrist and pathologist, and Anna Gillingham, an educator and psychologist created this method by incorporating a multi-sensory approach to learning. According to ortonacademy.org, "Over the last half century the Orton-Gillingham approach has been the seminal and most influential intervention designed expressly for remediating the language processing problems of children and adults with dyslexia." This method or “approach” to learning has now been adapted and refined into proven systems of tutoring. Here we will look at two of these systems available to get you started in your tutoring career.
The Susan Barton System
The first tutoring system we will look at was designed by Susan Barton from San Jose, California. Her system is called the Barton Reading &
Spelling System. “The Barton Reading
& Spelling System is a one-on-one tutoring system that will greatly improve
the spelling, reading, and writing skills of children, teenagers or adults who
struggle due to dyslexia
or a learning disability. You can change their entire future by teaching them to read, write, and spell.”
This program consists of ten levels of teaching. You will systematically take your client through all ten levels of learning. According to my research , each level will take between three and five months to complete. This will require the client to have two to three sessions per week or more to stay at this pace. Of course, as with all specialized teaching, each student will have their own unique situation, and learning pace. That is one of the values of tutoring- the programs are tailored to meet the individual need.
The Slingerland System
The next system is the Slingerland System. “The Slingerland approach starts with the small unit of sight, sound, and feel: a single letter. Expanding upon that single unit, students are taught through an approach that strengthens inter-sensory associations and enables strong channels of learning to reinforce the weak. It is thorough and integrated, providing a complete language learning experience.” This method is similar to the Barton method, but can be used with varying reading material.
Costs for Slingerland and Susan Barton
Both of these systems have training and certification programs available. They both, in the end, cost about $3,000 dollars to complete. This investment, however,is divided up differently for each system.
Comparison of the Susan Barton System and the Slingerland Method
The Slingerland method is taught by trainers in a classroom setting and is only available in certain geographic locations at specified times. The Susan Barton system is a self-taught system that utilizes videos and training material, but this alone will not give you certification. The Barton system allows for certification that will give you the benefit of referrals by the Susan Barton website. The same is true of Slingerland, however, certification is a requirement for this system.
The Slingerland method is a more widely used system and is viewed, based on my research, as more academically accepted method of tutoring. The Barton system, at the heart of it, seemed to be designed to allow anyone, including a parent, to tutor a child with dyslexia. It does, however, prepare you to become a professional tutor.
Slingerland and Barton tutors can expect these rates of pay per hour for tutoring
The rate of pay appeared to be somewhat equal with both systems. I interviewed two tutors, one with Barton and one with Slingerland.
The tutor who uses the Barton system charges $65 an hour and has not completed college (she is 21 years old and in her last semester). She connected with a private school as a feeder for clients which causes her to charge a lower fee. She bought the program package, and then became certified by Susan Barton.
The tutor who uses the Slingerland system charges $50 an hour and is a full time elementary school teacher at a private school. The only reason she charges this amount is due to her contract with her private school. Her school also feeds her clients, and lets her use the school facility, as long as she caps her fee at $50 an hour. She reported to me, however, that she has friends who find their own clients and use their own location who make well over $100 dollars an hour by tutoring using the Slingerland approach. I asked her why she chose to make less, and she responded that it “made it so easy to get clients” that she would rather go this route than to have to find clients by advertising.
Which method is best for children or adults with Dyslexia?
There are other systems created to teach clients with Dyslexia. The Slingerland system and the Barton system are just two and appear to be the most widely known. When I chose these two systems, I was able to interview these tutors who were currently using these systems successfully, allowing for real-life situations. Before investing the $3000 dollars, it would be a good idea to do independent research into other options that may be available.
As you can see, making $50 to $100 dollars, or more, an hour as a tutor is feasible by taking a tutor job for clients who have Dyslexia. There are higher levels of training available through the Slingerland institute that will afford you the opportunity of even higher pay (up to $175 an hour) if you choose to invest in these certifications.
Even if you choose to charge less, $50 to $75 dollars an hour is very possible if you want to connect with a particular school. Not only will you be earning an above average income, you will also impact the success of those you will tutor. Tutoring is a lucrative and satisfying part-time income, or full time career. It isn’t for everyone, but if you are the right candidate, you will probably be glad you went this direction as a career choice.
Tutoring a child with Dyslexia can change that child for life!