Pathways to Reading and Spelling: Discovering Success Through Dyslexia began through the determination of a teacher, Linda Avendano, to discover why some of the bright, intelligent children in her classroom were unable to learn to read fluently, write and unable to spell. Around the same time, her young granddaughter, who was also having difficulty, was diagnosed as profoundly dyslexic. Linda found that few teachers and parents understand or know how to teach children and adults with dyslexia.
The goals of Pathways to Reading and Spelling are twofold: to educate parents, teachers, and the general public about dyslexia and to provide the type of tutoring that will enable children and adults to experience success, regain confidence in themselves, and improve their reading, writing, and spelling skills.
Children with dyslexia struggle with schoolwork as early as Kindergarten and many fall behind by the time they are in third grade. These children often lose confidence in themselves and begin to feel as if they are ‘dumb’. Adults often find that they are unable to reach their goals in the work place despite being knowledgeable of their trade.
Persons with dyslexia need a specific type of intervention that is not available in schools. In order to assist both children and adults to learn to read, spell, and write, Pathways to Reading and Spelling uses the Barton Reading and Spelling System (an Orton-Gillingham based system) which was designed by Susan Barton, an international leader in the field of dyslexia, for people with dyslexia and other learning disabilities. Once a student has finished all 10 levels, he/she is usually reading and spelling at a minimum of middle ninth grade level.
Linda is passionate about putting people with dyslexia on the path to succeess in reading, writing, and spelling.