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Welcome to Ascend Dyslexia Tutoring

A direct, explicit, systematic, data-driven, and research-based approach to teaching reading.

Our reading program is effective for all children especially those with dyslexia.

At Ascend dyslexia tutoring we focus on 3 main pillars during instruction. Research shows that these 3 key elements are crucial for all children to become skilled word readers. Skilled word readers are able to decode (figure out) new words and store them into their long term memory (or sight word vocabulary). Our program helps students to develop both of these skills. These skills are necessary before students can be fluent readers and comprehend text. 

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Advanced phonemic and phonological awareness training

Explicit, systematic, and sequential phonics instruction

Orthographic Mapping Instruction

What: We train all of our students to have advanced phonemic awareness skills. This includes phoneme blending, segmentation, substitution, and deletion.

Why: All good readers have advanced phonemic awareness skills. Training advanced phonemic awareness skills is necessary for efficient sight word learning. Advanced phonemic awareness instruction can prevent and remediate word level reading difficulties. 

What: We assess what phonics skills the student needs support with and teach those accordingly. Students practice phonics rules and patterns through reading and spelling.

Why: Children need to be taught the "code" of the english language. They need to be taught the different spelling patterns, rules, and exceptions. When taught these explicitly, students are set up for success when reading. 

What: We help students develop the skill of orthographic mapping (the ability to store words into long-term memory for instant retrieval).

Why: Often, individuals with dyslexia struggle to store words into their long term memory. This makes reading slow and laborious. When individuals learn the skill of orthographic mapping reading becomes much faster and easier for them. 

Comparison to other commonly known programs

At Ascend, we only use structured literacy instruction and practices. Our methods and approach to teaching reading are very similar to commonly known Orton Gillingham, Barton, and Wilson which are teaching methods/approaches  to help children with dyslexia. 

What is Dyslexia?

“Dyslexia is a specific learning disability that is neurobiological in origin. It is characterized by difficulties with accurate and/or fluent word recognition and by poor spelling and decoding abilities. These difficulties typically result from a deficit in the phonological component of language that is often unexpected in relation to other cognitive abilities and the provision of effective classroom instruction. Secondary consequences may include problems in reading comprehension and reduced reading experience that can impede growth of vocabulary and background knowledge.” (International Dyslexia Association)

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Can children with dyslexia learn to read?

"Yes. If children who have dyslexia receive effective phonological awareness and phonics training in Kindergarten and 1st grade, they will have significantly fewer problems in learning to read at grade level than do children who are not identified or helped until 3rd grade. 74% of the children who are poor readers in 3rd grade remain poor readers in the 9th grade, many because they do not receive appropriate Structured Literacy instruction with the needed intensity or duration. Often they can’t read well as adults either. It is never too late for individuals with dyslexia to learn to read, process, and express information more efficiently. Research shows that programs utilizing Structured Literacy instructional techniques can help children and adults learn to read." (International Dyslexia Association)

Dyslexia Reading Specialist (Reading Tutor) Ascend Tutoring LLC 1 on 1 tutoring specialist elementary education

Meet Taylor, the dyslexia specialist:

Taylor is passionate about helping all children learn how to read but especially the ones who struggle. She is an advocate for children with dyslexia and ensuring that all students are given the gift of literacy through high quality, research based instruction. 

Here is a list of her qualifications:


  • Bachelor's of Science in Elementary Education

  • Holds a Professional Educator License in the state of Utah

  • Developer of the Ascend Tutoring LLC reading program 

  • Scored a 95% on the Utah Foundations of Reading Assessment

  • Over 1000 hours in clinical practice and research with an emphasis in dyslexia, reading disabilities, and the Science of Reading.

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