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Tutoring Jobs for Children with Dyslexia- Tutor Using Slingerland or Susan Barton Methods | Charge $100 per hour or more

Updated on November 10, 2011

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

The Susan Barton System for tutoring children with Dyslexia
The Susan Barton System for tutoring children with Dyslexia

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” (

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, "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.

Slingerland Institute
Slingerland Institute

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!


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    • bayareagreatthing profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Bay Area California

      hazelbrown- There is nothing that warms my heart more than to know what I write is meaningful to someone. I hope your new career brings you lots of wonderful things!!

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      7 years ago from Central PA

      You have really inspired me! I am trained in Lindamood-Bell methods, but private tutors can't use the Lindamood-Bell program because LMB has a copyrighted method and they will sue you! The most you can say is that you use some LMB teaching methods. I would love to get certified as a Barton tutor and make $50-100! :)

    • bayareagreatthing profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Bay Area California

      prairieprincess- thanks for stopping by. My friend who tutors loves her work. It is both satisg=fying to know you can help others and at the same time make a better than average income. Good luck to you!

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      Sharilee Swaity 

      9 years ago from Canada

      Wow, this is very useful information. I am considering tutoring as a part-time business, and this has given me another avenue to explore. Thanks and take care!

    • bayareagreatthing profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Bay Area California

      RTalloni- you are welcome! Thank you for stopping by!

      RN- It has been said to me that the Slingerland method is more effective as a whole system. The training is more extensive and incorporates testing for specific clients for issues so that they know which type of learning problem is going on. They both use very similar tactics in the training however and both have good results.

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      9 years ago

      Which method had more success with the students?

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      10 years ago

      Thanks for a super overview on this topic and these methods!

    • bayareagreatthing profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from Bay Area California

      Thanks Veronica! I am glad it was helpful! Thanks so much for stopping by and reading.

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      Veronica Allen 

      10 years ago from Georgia

      I really appreciate the amount of research and time you put into this hub. It was very detailed and simple to understand.

    • bayareagreatthing profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from Bay Area California

      It was hard for me to believe too! That is one reason I wanted to interview people who were actually in the biz.

    • Sophia Heresford profile image

      Sophia Heresford 

      10 years ago from Ohio

      I had no idea there was formal certification. I have done some specific training, but not in those programs and not for that much $$$$. Hmmm. I will have to learn more about these programs.


    • bayareagreatthing profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from Bay Area California

      Thanks GLC! I appreciate you sharing it with me. This is an awesome way to make a nice income along with having a major impact on someone's education.

    • Godslittlechild profile image


      10 years ago

      Very good hub!

    • bayareagreatthing profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from Bay Area California

      Thanks itakins! I appreciate that!

    • itakins profile image


      10 years ago from Irl

      Great hub,really interesting.


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