Remediation is the key.
The educational philosophy at True Potential Education is:
- Start as early as possible.
- Provide quality instruction with fidelity.
- Utilize a scientifically based Orton Gillingham curriculum, such as the Wilson Reading System.
- Develop life-long learners that will confidently use their newly acquired skills and accommodations to the best of their ability.
We provide remediation in the following formats:
For students who can pace quickly, or need to pace slowly individual remediation is the best option. Individual attention at all times for your student will maximize progress.
Group of 2 sessions
Our group of two session option is a popular format. Students need the social and emotional support of peers and a group of two provides great progress, and camaraderie for our students.
If traveling to our office is not an option due to schedule or location, live virtual tutoring is an effective option. Virtual sessions provide the same great progress and add convenience and feasible for those with no local access to quality intervention.
"I have good news! I got my scores back today and I'm proud to announce that my score raised six points and my verbal reasoning section went from being in the 10th percentile to being at the 83rd percentile! I am so excited with my results. The hard work this summer/fall was truly amazing and I can't thank you enough for the help."
- From a college student who was struggling to pass the MCAT test [more testimonials]
It is sometimes difficult to know when you should have your child assessed for something like dyslexia. When should you take action? Here are three key things that indicate it is time to make the call:
- You are questioning whether supplemental academic help for your child would be appropriate. If you aren’t sure why or exactly what they need, a dyslexia screen will show you if you're headed in the right direction, while a diagnostic assessment gives very specific information, including what type of remediation would be a best fit. Either choice ensures that valuable time is not wasted with services that will not be beneficial for your student.
- The school has approached you about an IEP or a 504 because your student has been identified as needing Tier 2 or Tier 3 support services. A dyslexia screen or a diagnostic assessment can help you determine what services should be provided and in what manner.
- Everyone thinks you are crazy. You may laugh, but it’s the truth. Dyslexia can be difficult to put your finger on for both parents and teachers. Often, instinct is telling you that something just isn’t adding up. Descriptions of behaviors and habits and a checklist of characteristics can help you start putting the pieces together. A diagnostic assessment will give you the formal documentation and information you need to move forward confidently.
We provide screening and diagnostic assessments in the following formats:
For students who choose to begin remediation without a formal assessment, or who are coming to TPE with assessment data from another provider. This screen will collect baseline data so progress can be monitored as the student moves through remediation. All students at True Potential Education make progress.
This screen is completed during first tutoring session(s).
For parents who know there are issues going on, but aren’t sure what those issues are. A basic screen looks for weaknesses in core foundational language areas. Many of these core weaknesses are common for people processing information in a dyslexic manner.
Plan to be at our office for approximately 2 ½ hours for this screen.
Our diagnostic assessment is a complete standardized assessment of foundational, core language ability. This assessment is designed to find patterns of strengths and weaknesses in a student’s language profile, from which we can determine exactly what weaknesses are impairing learning.
Plan to be at our office for approximately 6 hours. This can be split into two days, if needed.
Our math tutors are experienced in teaching students who are visual or kinesthetic learners, and understand that many students struggle with math concepts in traditional formats. We have spent extensive time and energy vetting and compiling programs and strategies to help our students learn and master mathematics. We make math concrete and use tactile approaches to help our students master their understanding of the base ten system. This is a concept that, much like reading, is a foundational concept of mathematics, but does not make inherent sense to our students. Once the student has a good grasp on the base ten (decimal) system, our tutors will take a cumulative approach to teaching them remaining essential mathematical concepts.
Assistive Technology solutions can be found everywhere, but how many apps or software programs have you tried and then discarded? Come test drive several technology solutions that offer ease of use and big results, before you make a financial commitment.
The Tech Lab at True Potential Education is a hands-on environment that allows you to peruse through a wide range of technology options, designed to address a wide variety of educational needs. There are too many software options out there for you to look through and review. We have done a lot of that work for you and can train you on practical applications. Proper AT training will alleviate frustration, and help get everyone (students, parents and educators) on board with powerful technology that will boost a student’ productivity incrementally.
Some of the most common AT solutions we utilize include:
- note taking
- story mapping
- explicit writing skills
- schedule management and organization
Research suggests those who experience a weakness in phonemic awareness skills in English are likely to have the same challenges when learning a second language. For many students, American Sign Language (ASL) is an undiscovered alternative; it is a visual language and does not require a student to learn a second phonemic alphabet.
True Potential Education offers sign language as a foreign language credit in a homeschool or dual enrollment format. In the state of Iowa, students may be dual enrolled for as few as one class a day. Many colleges also accept sign language as foreign language credit.
Many ASL programs are taught through immersion, which can be a difficult learning environment for students with a Language-Based Learning Disability, or who have struggled to master reading, writing and spelling in English. Our instructor is an Orton-Gillingham tutor that has taught Special Education and ASL, with more than 20 years of ASL interpreter experience. Our systematic, multi-sensory approach will maximize learning opportunities for students.
Available via individualized private sessions in person or virtually, or as an alternative Foreign Language Program* for an individual or a co-op education group. Please inquire for more information.
*Students must ensure credits will be valid as needed. State and district guidelines may vary.
The ability to express ourselves with text is a vital skill, as it is relied upon in all academic areas, across all grade levels. It is also much more complex than most of us realize, because it involves all of the components of language, including: abstract reasoning; critical thinking; organization; familiarity with text structure; working knowledge of grammar and sentence structure.
True Potential Education uses explicit and systematic instruction to teach writing development skills, just like we teach reading. The tasks will be broken down into pre-writing, writing, editing, and then embellishment and detail. The process may feel similar in many classrooms, however because of our individual or small group format we are able to uniquely pace the progress of each student. Students will be able to confidently complete each step of the writing process before introduction of the next skill.
In 2016, our students averaged 8.3 months of growth between June and August.
In 2017, our students averaged 9.9 months of growth between June and August.
Use the summer to get a jump on closing the gap!
Summer Intensive Reading Program
The summer intensive reading program is available for students entering 1st - 5th grade. The classes include Orton-Gillingham science-based dyslexia therapy in a small group format, and multi-sensory, science-based sight word work. Each summer intensive session is equivalent to 6 months of Orton-Gillingham instruction.
The program focuses on:
- sound-to-symbol awareness
- phonemic awareness
- reading comprehension
It might be dyslexia, and it might not. Don't let your questions go unanswered! We're here to help you find the next step.