What is online tutoring?

Online tutoring enables you to have Ken Eiker virtually sit at your kitchen table, talk with you, and teach your child.  

Using Zoom, Ken will share his desktop and Whizzimo with your child. This will enable your child to practice and perform all tasks that meet the standards of best practice as defined by the International Dyslexia Association. Ken will introduce and model new concepts using the "I do, we do, you do" strategy. 

Together, Ken and your child will read and spell words with multisensory letter tiles. They will mark words with different colored annotation tools. Your child will simultaneously learn to read and spell with word lists, phrases, sentences, and age appropriate reading passages.

Equipment Needed

  • Up-to-date computer, Apple or PC (no tablets or phones) with built-in camera and microphone
  • High Speed Internet, at least 1.5 Mbps upload and download speed. Check your computer's speed at: www.speedtest.net
  • Sufficient memory to ensure enhanced quality of dyslexia tutoring
  • Headphones may be helpful for students with ADD or Audio Processing Disorder.
  • A pen tablet is useful for some students who require dyslexia help or for students who have trouble with a keyboard.

Programs used on the dyslexia tutoring service

  • Zoom 
  • Chrome

For the Tutoring Session 

  • Create a quiet, distraction-free area for the online tutoring sessions.
  • Close all other programs  
  • Ensure that others in the home are not downloading or uploading during sessions—this includes gaming, movies, downloading documents, etc.  Such activity can affect connection quality. 
  • Use of an Ethernet cord rather than WiFi provides the best dyslexia tutoring experience.

Parent Involvement

  • Parents will communicate with Ken for an initial interview, and contact him whenever concerns or questions arise.
  • A parent will need to be in the same room when the student is distractible or younger than ten during tutoring sessions.
  • A parent must be accessible for technology problems that may occur.