Tutoring (Reading)

LDANL maintains a reading tutoring program in order to aid those who have reading difficulties, regardless of the cause of those difficulties. Our tutoring program utilizes the Barton System, an Orton-Gillingham multi-sensory approach to reading instruction which has met considerable success with a large number of our clients.

The program is conducted one-on-one, designed ideally for individuals 7 years and older, during two 60 minute sessions per week.  The program is run by semester, see below for more info on typical semester times. For more information on registration, please contact us via phone at (709) 753-1445 or email Karen.


Various by semester, but generally we charge $19 per session plus a $50 administration fee.  For example, a summer session would have 2 sessions a week for 10 weeks for a total of 20 sessions.  The cost for the summer session would be 20 sessions x $19 = $380, plus the $50 admin fee for a total of $430 for the semester.


Summer Semester: Runs during the weeks of ESDNL school summer holidays

Fall Semester: Runs from the second week of school start in September until the second last week of school in December.

Winter Semester:  Runs from the second week of school start in January until the ESDNL Easter Break.

Spring Semester: Runs from start of school after the ESDNL Easter break until the second last week of school in June.

Our Tutors

In order to provide the best quality of service for our tutoring program, LDANL endeavors to hire tutors who hold Education Degrees issued on a university level. Many of our tutors are full or part time teachers, some with backgrounds in special education, ideally with a background in teaching students with Learning Disabilities.

About the Wait List

LDANL hosts the tutoring program on an as-needed basis, which requires that we hire only as many tutors as we have registrants. However, as our wait list approaches sufficient interest, we often hire additional tutors to provide this much-needed service to the public. Don’t be discouraged if registration is presently closed, simply register on the wait list and if we hire additional tutoring staff you will be informed immediately.

What is the Barton System?

The Barton Reading & Spelling System is a one-on-one tutoring system designed to aid individuals with difficulties in reading, designed specifically for individuals with learning disabilities which impact upon the ability to read.

The Barton System is divided into ten levels, and allows for students to progress through those levels at their own pace. By maintaining a one-on-one approach, students do not feel obligations to try and keep up with others the way they would in a group setting.

The Barton System is an Orton-Gillingham influenced program supported by independent research. Dr. Orton and Anna Gillingham developed a unique method to improve reading and spelling skills of children and adults with dyslexia. Recent scientific, independent, research supports the Orton-Gillingham sequence and methodology as “best practices” when teaching reading to students with dyslexia.

Susan Barton, an internationally recognized expert in dyslexia, developed the Barton Reading and Spelling System. The system was released in June of 1999. Susan founded Bright Solutions for Dyslexia, the publisher of the Barton Reading & Spelling System. People with dyslexia or other learning disabilities can significantly improve their reading and spelling skills. The Barton system is easy to learn and contains a great deal of support for both the learner and the facilitator.

LDANL would like to indicate that while the Barton system has shown great success, these methods are primarily assistive and not corrective in nature. While tutoring programs such as this can show a demonstrated increase in ability to read, no amount of tutoring can make a diagnosed learning disability “go away”. LDs are life long, and though the can be accommodated and individuals can adapt to work around them, they cannot be “cured”.

For more information on the Barton Reading and Spelling System why not watch their videos?

Or check out Barton Tutoring and Spelling System presentation.

For more information and registration please contact the office at info@ldanl.ca or 709-753-1445.

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