Here are answers to some questions that folks have recently asked us about Windy Row:
Q. My pediatrician recommended that I contact you. What is the next step?
A. We will arrange for you to speak by phone with our Executive Director Dr. Cheryl Orcutt, who can answer your questions about Windy Row and who can help you evaluate whether Windy Row is a good fit for your child. If you decide that Windy Row is a good fit for you and your child, we will then arrange for your child to be tested so that we can pinpoint his or her problems with reading; we will assign a tutor; and we will begin helping your child to read.
Q. Can you send a tutor to my child's school?
A. Unfortunately, we cannot send tutors to individual schools. Children come to Windy Row in West Peterborough, New Hampshire (8 Windy Row, corner of Windy Row and Union Street).
Q. It's now the middle of the school year. Can I start my child at Windy Row?
A. Yes, we start children at any time during the school year and pro-rate our fees. We also offer tutoring during the summer.
Q. My child has problems with math. Can you help? Is there an special fee or tutoring hours?
A. We can help with math. We see many of the same problems with math as with reading and we tutor in both subjects. The fee and the tutoring hours are the same. If your child has problems with both reading and math, there is no additional fee.
Q. I'm not sure that my child has dyslexia or is very far behind the rest of the kids in the class. But I'm worried that she takes forever to read a page and seems exhausted by her homework.
A. If you are worried, please contact Windy Row. We don't require a formal medical diagnosis of dyslexia (or dyscalculia) or a set gap in grade level. You are seeing possible signs that your daughter is struggling with reading problems and the struggle is exhausting her. We can give her more efficient, proven techniques to help with reading.
Q. I can't afford a private tutor. Do you do group tutoring?
A. No, we always tutor one-on-one because each child is unique in both their problem and the solutions they need. However, we have a sliding scale of fees and offer scholarships on top of that if the family needs financial aid. Please do not let finances stand in the way of talking with Windy Row.
Q. I want to help Windy Row. What can I do to help?
A. Our board is strong, but we can always use new members. If you have skills in marketing, public speaking, education, data entry, or writing, please contact us at any time. We would be delighted to speak with you about joinging the board. We have a tutor training program, which is currently free. It involves a serious commitment to learning Orton-Gillingham methods and to tutor a student under the guidance of Dr. Orcutt. Our next tutor training class will begin in September; please contact us well before then if you are interested. We have several annual fundraisers that we can use help with, including crafting and selling wreaths for the holiday season. Donations to our scholarship fund are always most welcome and can be made online at the Donor page of our website.