Orton-Gillingham York Region
"As our daughter ventured into grade one, we felt she was behind in her reading. We told ourselves “she is still young, she is only five years old.” As she turned six and we approached the later half of the school year we were unable to see progression even with the added attention we dedicated to her.
We then approached Karen to see if we had valid concerns. With only an hour assessment Karen was able to determine our little girl was struggling with slight dyslexia. Not her parents, nor a teacher with a combined twelve to fourteen hours a day of observation was able to notice. It appeared as a struggle to group sounds to create a word.
Now with a sigh of relief and a better understanding of what was holding her back we still knew there would be hurdles to overcome. However, we were not expecting the pandemic to close our schools and take the wind out of our sails. Yet Karen continued to work with our daughter via FaceTime for a half hour each week during these hard times. Within two short (very long) months our little girls has strived from a 1-2 reading level to a 9-10.
Karen has helped our daughter improve her reading, but she has given her so much more. Now our little girl dives into her homework because she understand the words that are now in front of her. She’s more vocal, gets more involved and speaks up. Karen Gordon has given our little girl the gift of confidence." -The Harrison’s
Thank goodness Stouffville has Karen Gordon! Her expert training in Orton-Gillingham combined with her compassionate approach to learning has led to outstanding results for my daughter. Not only has her reading improved, her self-confidence has grown in leaps and bounds. I highly recommend Karen to all parents of dysexic children. Even on snow days my daughter insists on her session with Karen. It is the highlight of her school day! - Sarah N.
"I met Karen because she graciously agreed to spend some time with my daughter and myself to help us help my dyslexic grandchildren. They had been identified as children who would greatly benefit by Orton-Gillingham tutoring and that it was imperative that the agenda start immediately. However, despite extensive searches neither my daughter nor myself was able to find any Orton-Gillingham trained tutors with availability. Karen is in her neighbourhood but was totally booked up. However, the wonder that she is, she did agree to meet with us to give us some suggestions on how to help the kiddos. We were absolutely blown away with her knowledge, her ability to teach and her infectious enthusiasm and positive attitude. She is amazing. Her expertise glows. We were so lucky to spend some time with her."
- Leslie Brown
"When something is too hard, she will help you!" - Current Student
There are two words to descriptive the experience and the service are: Amazing!!! and CARING ☺ . My son was from frustrated to self confidence and eager to read and learning. He told me his teacher Karen always make him feels well and he learns a lot . So, his joy for learning come back again. We appreciate all the detail attention in the structure of his classes.
All the communication when is need it. Because these classes are tailored to what the kid need more. She has the patiente, the knowledge and a lot of caring to listen the kid. She makes sure that the kid has the tools and skill technique to continue growing. Parents sometimes feel very confuse, like us, but when you start to see the improvement you really think that you make the right decision.
I would like that my son would have the same great teacher in the school and really tried to help the kids when children has a learning disability or even if they do not have a learning disability. Learning should be a fun, creative and enjoyable process where kids has the best seed to continue growing. It is not about if they talk to much or walk to much. And that’s what your kid is going to find when he takes classes with Mrs. Gordon and enjoyable process in a multisensorial environment with a great quality and the best customer services.
Some kids will take more time than others but parents should be involve and be patients, in order, to start seeing to progress sometimes big steps, sometimes small steps, but the system works. We do not have words to say thank you a very dedicated, professional, caring and inspirational teacher for all the great experience that our son and also us have been having.
Our best recommendation for her program. Thank you.
Mr. and Mrs. Serrentino
"Karen is the best teacher! At school I am sometimes embarrassed and frustrated because I cannot read like my friends can, but Karen makes me feel safe and encourages me to try. She has made learning to read fun again." - Current Student