We hope the answers to these Frequently Asked Questions will respond to some of your concerns about your child's reading and math challenges and about Windy Row. If you have more questions, please contact us by phone or info [at] windyrow.org (email).
Q. I'm not sure if my child has dyslexia but she seems to have trouble reading. Can you help her?
A. Please contact us, even if you aren't sure why your child is having trouble with reading. Windy Row does not require a formal medical diagnosis of dyslexia. Our guideline of 1 to 2 years below grade level in reading is only a guideline. We see many children who have been barely maintaining grade level in first or second grade; by third grade they are in trouble that could have been avoided.
Q. I know my child needs help but I don't see how I can afford one-on-one tutoring twice a week. Is there financial aid? Can my child go for fewer sessions?
A. Yes, Windy Row does offer financial aid. Each one-on-one tutoring session costs $55; there are 50 sessions during a school year. We adjust our fees to your income and we offer scholarships. Our goal is to help every child who needs our help. We ask children to attend one-on-one after-school tutoring sessions twice a week during the school year, from the time they start at Windy Row. During the summer we often offer a more flexible schedule so that children can maintain and strengthen their reading skills and still have a family vacation.
Q. The school year is half over. Can I start tutoring at Windy Row now?
A. Yes, we accept new students any time of the year, as long as we have space. Please phone or email us for more information.
Q. We live quite a distance from Peterborough and my child can't get to your location after school. Is there any alternative?
A. The Masonic Learning Centers offer similar programs to Windy Row. Contact the Children's Dyslexia Center in Nashua, the Seacoast Learning Center in Rochester and similar programs in other states.
Q. My child is not only having problems with reading. He also has ADD. Is that too much for Windy Row to handle?
A. Many of the children we see have ADD and other behavioral issues. Sometimes the behavior is a result, rather than a cause, of the reading difficulty. When a child has to sit in a classroom day after day, bored and frustrated because he can't understand what the other children understand, behavioral issues are very likely to arise. Our tutors are expert at helping children to focus and make progress.
Q. Will you take children of kindergarten age? Is it possible for someone that young to have dyslexia or will she grow out of it?
A. The younger we see a child, the happier we are because we can save that child from years of failure at school. If you believe your child has signs of a reading problem, even at kindergarten age, please contact us. Some of the signs you might look for include an inability to say the alphabet in order (or sing the alphabet song in order), an inability to follow directions for a game that your child's peers can follow, and confusion over concepts such as first and last or left and right. If your child is having difficulty with these and other reading concepts, she will not simply grow out of it. Please let us help.
Q. Do you tutor children who are behind in math?
A. Yes. The math form of dyslexia is called dyscalculia. Many of the same techniques that work for children who struggle with reading also work for children who are struggling with math. We have specialized programs to help children with math if they are falling behind grade level.