About Reading Success Plus
My name is Anne Kloth, and my son Lawrence (L.G.) is dyslexic. We knew at a young age that Lawrence was very bright, but we couldn’t understand why he struggled so much in school. For over 10 years, we traveled far and wide, until the mystery was solved.
When Lawrence was 10 years old, we met Jeffrey Freed, educator, speaker and author of Right Brained Children in a Left Brained World. He insisted we have Lawrence tested for dyslexia, and referred us to the Gifted Development Center in Denver, Colorado where it was determined that not only was Lawrence dyslexic, he was also impacted by dyscalculia (math). Later, we discovered dysgraphia was the cause of his struggle with writing, and ADHD was the cause of everything else!
We thought his problems would end with this diagnosis, but little did we know that finding the right kind of tutoring would prove to be almost as big of a challenge as receiving an accurate diagnosis. After using many programs which did not work, including Dore (which didn’t “cure” dyslexia, but helped in many other ways), Davis Dyslexia Correction Program, Vision Therapy, Hooked on Phonics and various other reading programs (for which I have apologized to my son repeatedly over the years), we finally learned about the Barton Reading & Spelling System®.
We are pleased to report that Lawrence is now a graduate of Hope College, and with the Barton Reading & Spelling System®, we’ve found our life’s calling.
We’ve been there and tried everything. We know there is hope for people struggling with reading, because these programs work! Research has proven which methods work best to teach struggling readers and dyslexic students to read and spell, and we are using these proven methods to help students reach their highest potential.
About Us – Meet the Owners
Anne is the proud parent of her gifted and dyslexic son, Lawrence. Upon discovering his difficulty learning to read, they traveled all over the country looking for answers. After many failed attempts, they were determined to find programs that worked and help students with their reading difficulties, so they don’t have to struggle like Lawrence did. Upon discovering the Barton Reading & Spelling System® and the LiPS® program, they knew they found the answers they were seeking, leading to the formation of Reading Success Plus.
Anne is co-founder of Reading Success Plus, where she is a Certified Dyslexia Specialist, Screener, Trainer and Tutor. She is trained in the Lindamood Phoneme Sequencing® (LiPS®) program, as well as the Visualizing and Verbalizing® program, Barton Reading & Spelling System®, Orton-Gillingham Multisensory Mathematics Beginning and Advanced levels for Orton-Gillingham practitioners and Learning without Tears.
Anne received her Bachelor’s degree in finance and business administration from Chapman University. After an eleven-year career with Merrill Lynch, Anne made the decision to stay at home to accommodate Lawrence’s learning differences and advocate for him. Learning in a traditional school became so difficult that Anne decided to home school her son for several years. Anne is pursuing her Masters in Reading Science with a Dyslexia Certification from Mt. St. Joseph University.
Anne’s work with her son led her to become a full-time dyslexia advocate and founding member of Decoding Dyslexia-Michigan, a national grassroots advocacy group. She also founded the local Decoding Dyslexia-Michigan group, which educates and supports parents of dyslexic children. Anne is a board member of the Michigan Branch of the International Dyslexia Association.
Lawrence G. Kloth Jr.
Lawrence is co-founder of Reading Success Plus, where he is a Dyslexia Specialist, Screener, Trainer and Tutor. He is trained in Lindamood Phoneme Sequencing® (LiPS®) program, Visualizing and Verbalizing® program, Barton Reading & Spelling System®, Orton-Gillingham Multisensory Mathematics Beginning and Advanced levels for Orton-Gillingham practitioners and Learning without Tears.
School was always difficult for Lawrence because he was not taught in the way he learned best. He is dyslexic, ADHD, dysgraphic and has trouble with math. School was always a struggle, but accommodations saved him and assistive technology was his best friend. Thank goodness for sports, this is where he excelled. He played football and baseball in High School and football for three years at Hope College. He is an avid sports fan, enjoys personal fitness and hanging out with friends. Lawrence views dyslexia and his other learning disabilities as a gift, allowing him to see the world differently. His goal for the future is to help kids who struggle.
Lawrence is a graduate of Hope College, with a B.A. in Political Science and Leadership. Lawrence interned with The Micah Center’s Education Advocacy Group in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he spoke to various organizations throughout the state, including testifying before the Michigan House Education Committee, and met with former Lt. Governor Calley several times. Lawrence is a Founding Member of Decoding Dyslexia-Michigan.
Tutors are trained in programs specifically designed to help struggling and dyslexic students.
- Reading Success Plus tutors have received specialized training in Lindamood Phoneme Sequencing® (LiPS®) program and in Visualizing and Verbalizing® program*.
- Our reading tutors receive 60 plus hours of training in the highly-acclaimed Barton Reading & Spelling System® and have been observed and supervised by an experienced master tutor as well.
- Orton-Gillingham Math tutors have advanced training in the unique and specialized Orton-Gillingham approach for teaching mathematics.
Why Reading Success Plus?
If you or your child struggle with reading, writing, or math - you are not alone. Perhaps you have tried other methods without success.
We’ve been there and tried everything. We know there is hope because these programs work. We help struggling and dyslexic students reach their highest potential.
Learn more about becoming one of our success stories. Call (833) 229-1112 or click below:
Frequently Asked Questions
1. My child is struggling in school. How can Reading Success Plus help?
If your child is struggling with academics, behavior, social interactions, is anxious, or just does not want to go to school, you need to find out why.
Their struggles may be linked to reading, specifically in the areas of phonemic awareness (sounds of letters), decoding, spelling, fluency and comprehension. They may also struggle with writing and/or math.
With our comprehensive placement screening process, we can help you pin-point specifically where and why your student struggles and target instruction to help them overcome these difficulties.
2. What programs do you use?
Lindamood Phoneme Sequencing® (LiPS®) Program:
Some students are not “reading-ready.” For these students, we start with the Lindamood Phoneme Sequencing® – LiPS® Program for reading, spelling and speech. LiPS® is for students who are missing the pre-reading skill of phonemic awareness (knowing the correct sounds for the correct letters).
Research shows that students who are missing this important skill will not progress with reading until they have mastered it. We determine the need for the LiPS® program through our placement screening process.
The Barton Reading & Spelling System®:
Our team of specialists teach struggling readers and dyslexic students of any age, utilizing the widely acclaimed Barton Reading & Spelling System®, “an Orton-Gillingham influenced, simultaneously, multisensory, explicit and systematic phonics system.” Orton-Gillingham based programs are the only research and evidence-based programs proven to teach the struggling reader and dyslexic student to read.
The Barton System provides explicit, systematic instruction in:
- Phonemic awareness
- Vocabulary development
- Reading fluency including oral reading skills
- Reading comprehension strategies
Orton-Gillingham Math Program:
Our highly specialized, multi-sensory Orton-Gillingham math program helps students learn the why of math in an explicit, direct, and multi-sensory manner. This program takes the abstract concepts of math, and with practice makes them concrete. Not only will you or your student learn the math facts (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division), but also the vocabulary of math, the strategy of solving word problems, time, money, measurement, fractions, percentages, decimals and more. Math concepts are taught at the speed each individual needs.
Writing and Grammar Program:
We offer writing and grammar instruction for elementary school through college on how to write a perfect sentence and paragraph, and the elements of informative/explanatory, argumentative and narrative writing.
We guide students through the writing process from organization and notetaking to constructing complete grammatical sentences and paragraphs that adhere to the conventions of writing they will use both in and out of school.
3. What ages do you serve?
Reading Success Plus works with individuals from 5 years through adulthood.
4. How long does the program take to complete?
For students missing the important pre-reading skill of phonemic awareness, we start with the LiPS® program, which can be taught in as little as 2-3 months, or more quickly with our intensive summer tutoring program.
Once a student completes the LiPS® program, we move them into the Barton Reading & Spelling System® an Orton-Gillingham program. The average time to complete reading and spelling program is two – three years, but it could take longer depending upon the students’ needs.
5. How long does a tutoring session last and how often are they held?
A tutoring session lasts for 50 minutes, twice a week.
6. What other services does Reading Success Plus provide?
- Professional learning and development workshops are available for educators, schools, psychologists, medical professionals, therapists, and businesses.
- Workshops include the latest research on the struggling reader and dyslexic, the warning signs, accommodations and hands-on learning opportunities and take-aways which can be used immediately in the classroom or your workplace.
- Coaching and consulting for parents, children or adults.
- Push-in and pull-out programs for schools
7. Do you offer a summer tutoring program?
Yes! We offer an intensive one-on-one summer tutoring program taught in-person or online Monday through Thursday, one to two hours per day for four weeks (two sessions per week are also available). Program options include reading and spelling, writing and grammar, or math. Students can select one option for the one-hour program, or two options for the two-hour program. To reach the student’s full potential, tutoring needs to be continued two days per week, year-round, until your student has attained the skills to become the next success story.
- Our summer program includes the widely acclaimed Barton Reading & Spelling System® an Orton-Gillingham, multi-sensory, explicit, and systematic phonics program.
- If your student is missing the pre-reading skill of phonemic awareness (knowing the correct sounds for each letter), we start with the Lindamood® LiPS® Program.
- For math, our highly specialized, multi-sensory Orton-Gillingham program covers math facts, the vocabulary of math, word problems, time, money, fractions, percentages, decimals and more.
- We offer writing and grammar instruction for elementary school through college on how to write a perfect sentence and paragraph, and the elements of informative/explanatory, argumentative and narrative writing.
8. How do we start?
Reading Success Plus starts with a parent/guardian conversation/interview to determine what the parent/guardian is looking for and if we can help them.
A Comprehensive Placement Screener would be the next step, which takes approximately 2 hours and will help us pinpoint specifically where and why your child struggles and targets instruction to help them overcome their difficulties.
We share the results of the screening with parents and show them how we can help their child get back on track.
Learn about our Comprehensive Placement Screening.
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