Specialist Dyslexia Tuition
DITTAS offers Specialist Dyslexia Tuition with qualified dyslexia tutors either face-to-face or online.
We design individualised multi-sensory programmes to address our students’ challenges and harness their strengths.
Tuition could include:
A Dyslexia Literacy Programme focusing on phonics, reading, spelling and writing, alongside the development of cognitive processing skills such as working memory and phonological awareness
Study Skills for older students
Maths and Dyscalculia tuition
Working Memory training
Vocabulary Building for 11 plus
Workplace Coaching for adults, addressing issues such as time management, organisation and literacy
Basic Skills Literacy Support for adult learners
We also offer Speech and Language Therapy with a Qualified Speech and Language Therapist.
Although each student’s programme will be different, there are the following common features in all Dyslexia Programmes:
All programmes will be structured, cumulative and multi-sensory;
Lessons will incorporate a range of activities including IT and games to provide over-learning;
In the majority of cases, a phonics programme will be followed, such as Alpha to Omega;
Underpinning cognitive weaknesses will be identified and strategies for improvement taught;
Metacognition will form an important part of the programme and will help learners to develop their strategies and approaches;
Handwriting and touch typing can be incorporated if required;
Homework is recommended but is optional.
Online and Face-to-Face Dyslexia Support
Sarah Beard, the founder of DITTAS, is the most senior member of the team and has over 25 years’ experience tutoring children and adults and training other teachers to do the same. She offers tuition on a Monday and Tuesday morning in Orpington (face-to-face and online) and online evening tuition. There are many benefits to online tuition, including helping anxious children to relax more in their homes, and enabling parents to watch lessons if they want to.
Many children love using a computer and lessons are interactive and give them a different feel from regular classroom teaching. They can also be more convenient for parents, as they don’t need to drop their children off and pick them up.
Children are taught to be more independent and are set tasks to complete independently on the computer after the lesson.
Regular weekly one-to-one lessons with Sarah cost £50. This includes access to WORDSHARK Online, an interactive multi-sensory spelling and reading program.
Sarah also offers casual online sessions that can be booked by emailing
Online tuition is available for international students; please enquire for availability and price.
We also have Dyslexia tutors who offer face-to-face tuition in Petts Wood and Orpington. Sessions from £45.
Literacy and Touching Typing Class (TALC)
Multisensory tuition focusing on spelling, reading and memory strategies alongside touch typing.
Children are taught using structured multi-sensory methods in groups of four children per tutor and an assistant. The lesson consists of 30 minutes of touch typing and 30 minutes of dyslexia literacy support.
During the literacy part, the children follow an individualised multi-sensory programme designed for them by Sarah Beard. The tutors are a Specialist Teaching Assistant and a Speech and Language Therapist.
Games and activities are included to make sessions fun and interactive.
Sessions take place at 9.30-10.30 and 10.40-11.40 on a Saturday morning and cost £20 a session
Saturday Morning Online Literacy and Touch Typing Classes - available now.
Due to the COVID19 pandemic, we are not currently offering sessions at Warren Road School but instead, we are offering the Touch Typing and Literacy classes online in small groups of 4. We call this out TALC class!
Children enjoy a mixture of touch typing and literacy, along with games and activities to enhance memory and vocabulary all in the comfort of their own home.
£22.50 per session and this includes access to Touch Type Read and Spell and the Units of Sound, phonic programme to use at home while a student with dittas.
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