Prevention, Enrichment, and Early Intervention
Systematic, explicit instruction is the key to building a strong foundation. I understand the learning process deeply, and I’m well prepared to work with children who are just beginning their school careers to ensure that they learn to read confidently, strategically, accurately and smoothly. When this is accomplished successfully, the brain is free to make meaningful connections. This short window of opportunity is when the brain needs to be primed to develop the correct neural pathways that enable a child to learn to read with the least amount of struggle. Left to chance, children begin to develop coping strategies such as guessing and “word solving” based on what they think (by using pictures for support or looking at the first letter and then guessing) rather than decoding and ultimately reading what is written. Istay in close touch and work with families, not just the child, to teach correctly from the start!
Who is this for?
Emergent readers and writers, children needing extra readiness, children who are struggling to master the basic foundations of reading, as well as children who exhibit strong foundational skills and show an interest in wanting to read and write at a higher level will improve tremendously since the rate of growth in four to six-year-olds is profound!
The three key research conclusions that support seeking help early are:
- 90 percent of children with reading difficulties will achieve grade level in reading if they receive help by the first grade.
- 75 percent of children whose help is delayed to age nine or later continue to struggle throughout their school careers.
- If help is given in fourth grade, rather than in late kindergarten, it takes four times as long to improve the same skills by the same amount.
“Parents who understand these research conclusions realize they cannot afford to waste valuable time trying to figure out if there really is a problem or waiting for the problem to cure itself.” – Susan Hall, Ed.D.
One of the most helpful supports for a student is one-on-one guidance and tutoring in a relaxed, quiet setting. My approach to tutoring is very different than others as I specifically tailor our sessions to the learning styles of the student. I specialize in teaching the visual learner how to get their visual, rapid fire, 3-dimensional minds, to translate their images into the correct words. I can easily remediate reading issues, spelling issues, and math computational problems. I can make “magic” happen with kids when they are able to excel in a comfortable, non-pressure environment. I love to see their face light up because they are learning the way in which their brain receives education the best. I employ very specific personalized strategies that no one else I know is currently using.
During our 50 minutes of uninterrupted minute of academic learning, the student’s sessions is based on the identified needs of both formal and informal observation and assessment results. I regularly communicate with both the parents and the educator(s) on the student’s progress. I offer a variety of tutoring sessions, particularly in the areas of:
Educational Therapy/One-to-One Tutoring
One of the most helpful supports for a student is one-on-one guidance and support in a relaxed, quiet setting. My approach to tutoring is unique as I specifically tailor student sessions to the learning style of the student. I specialize in teaching visual learners how to get their visual, rapid-fire, 3-dimensional minds, to translate images into the correct words. I work to remediate reading issues, spelling issues, and math computational problems making “magic” happen with kids when they are able to excel in a comfortable, non-pressure environment. I love to see their faces light up because they are learning the way in which their brain receives new concepts the best. I employ specific, personalized strategies that no one else I know is currently using.
During our 50 minutes of uninterrupted academic learning time, student sessions are based upon the identified needs of both formal and informal observation and assessment results. I regularly communicate with both parents and educator(s) as students progress. I offer tutoring in a variety of subject areas:
My educational therapy consists of quickly analyzing a child’s processing style. Then I share with that child how AMAZING they are and work to paint a picture of how their mind works. I then work to make connections and relate their personal learning style to some of their struggles so that they make sense. It’s imperative that children understand that their struggles are not a result of them not being intelligent but rather an issue with their learning style.
When trust has been established the child/student typically begins to make rapid progress. They become increasingly confident and in turn, are more willing to take important risks that lead to higher learning and understanding. I do not directly re-mediate in the traditional way, which is a direct frontal approach to the problem. Instead, I believe that most people with learning issues are often right-hemispheric learners, and have within them the ability to accomplish much of what a left-brained school system offers and requires. In short, I work to develop the innate strengths of the dominant hemisphere. This helps children feel accomplished and capable of meeting most of the demands that school and other life challenges may bring their way.
I’m proud to say that I have a reputable track record which is replete with successes. I proudly and humbly share that virtually every student I have ever worked with has gained tremendously from my expertise.
Programs don’t teach children… teachers do. As a well-seasoned educator for more than 27 years, I bring a strong and vast understanding of what is needed to best support teachers and students’ success in a busy classroom. Workshops range from 1.5 hours to a full day depending upon the topic/sessions. I’ve had the pleasure of training and coaching thousands of staff nationwide in both private and public school settings. My workshops are noteworthy because of the hands-on, quick nature of my techniques.
My workshops will unquestionably raise children’s test scores, as well as dissolve most issues centered around learning disabilities. Please contact me for detailed information.
Parent Support and Consultations
Shock and fear often accompany the realization that one’s child identifies with dyslexia. What does it mean, what can be done, can it be “fixed”? These are just a sample of the hundreds of potential questions a parent may have as they take the dyslexia journey.
As this population of visual learners quickly becomes the norm in education, the time is NOW to make sense of what this means for your precious child. Early intervention with systematic, explicit, multi-sensory phonemic awareness and phonics instruction is key to building a strong foundation and helping to close the gaps early to prevent years of future struggle. I understand the learning process deeply, and am well prepared to work with children just starting their school careers to ensure that they learn to read accurately and smoothly. When this is accomplished successfully, the brain is free to make meaningful connections. This short window of opportunity is when the brain needs to be primed to develop the correct neural pathways. Left to chance, children begin to develop coping strategies such as guessing and “word solving” based on what they think rather than what is written. I work closely with families, not just the child, to teach correctly from the start! and at the very least they’ll need classroom accommodations to help even the playing field so that they are able to find success without trying to be someone they’re not. I’ll reveal techniques that both parents and educators can immediately use to turn their child’s performance around in school as well as in other aspects of their lives.
Lectures / Speaking Engagements
I offer a variety of speaking options for parent groups, educators, and school administrators. Speaking engagements usually range from 45 minutes to 1.5 hours. As an experienced, perceptive and dynamic speaker who has lived this topic all of my life, I have much to offer. As my work has spanned the years and has been filled with amazing experiences, I’ll share a variety of real-life examples, solutions and anecdotal stories of issues that have confronted my many students. I’ll offer easy, hands-on strategies and techniques which will revolutionize how teachers and parents will view their all students.
Connect with Kelly
I'm available to speak with you about your child and to answer questions you may have regarding the results of their psychoeducational evaluation, classroom accommodations, advocation at the school level, clarification around dyslexia, personal educational goals etc. Simply complete the form below or contact me via phone and I will be in touch soon.
*Phone consultations will be billed per my hourly rate of $80 for up to one hour.
Monday - Friday from 8AM - 6PM
Kelly Cavanaugh is an educational therapist, learning/reading specialist and school improvement consultant who works with many children across the learning style spectrum. She is passionate about her work with students (and parents and teachers)and empowers them to learn the "right way" FOR THEM by identifying and nurturing their individual learning style. Read more...