Addressing Learners Struggling with Reading and Math
Specializing in the Needs of Learners with Dyslexia and Dyscalculia

Reading + Math Lab

The Reading + Math Lab at NRICH Tutoring is designed to address the needs of students with specific learning disabilities in reading and math, including those with dyslexia and dyscalculia. With multisensory, structured-learning approaches that help retrain the brain and one-on-one instruction, students can develop skills and understanding that help them gain confidence and get on track academically.

Reading is the key to success in all subjects, in the workplace, and in life! Readers of all ages can improve with tutoring sessions.  Math skills and understanding can help students in all types of careers while lack of these can hold people back from reaching their full potential. Children may have problems with reading or math; in some cases, they may have trouble with both. Addressing these needs early is important but struggling learners of all ages can be helped with instruction geared to their specific learning needs.


One in five students struggle with reading and may be dyslexic. The structured literacy strategy used at NRICH Tutoring can help to improve reading skills. Dr. Harrington is a Certified Academic Language Practitioner, who follows an Orton-Gillingham approach.​

Dr. Judie has successfully made reading and math a much more pleasant homework task because of the skills learned, patience and encouragement.  

            - Parent of 4th grader

What does Dyslexia look like? A student with dyslexia may 

  • have started to talk late

  • have trouble with making rhymes

  • read letter by letter or word by word

  • have difficulty with segmenting and blending sounds

  • forget sight words

  • struggle with grammar, spelling, and writing

  • copy letters out of order

  • forget or lose information - dates, names, addresses

What does Dyscalculia look like? A student with dyscalculia may

  • have started to count late

  • have trouble with patterns

  • count one-by-one on fingers or use tally marks

  • have difficulty composing and decomposing numbers

  • forget math facts (or can't seem to learn them)

  • struggle with procedures, notation

  • copy numbers out of order

  • forget or lose information - log in numbers, phone numbers, deadlines


Students who struggle with math are at a disadvantage in school and in handling everyday activities. Students who have a specific learning disability in math or dyscalculia may have trouble with:

  • Recognizing numbers and symbols

  • Number sense - being flexible and fluid with numbers

  • Visualizing a mental number line

  • Counting

  • Estimating and mental math

  • Measurement - length, weight, area, time, temperature

  • Working with numbers

  • Patterns

  • Spatial relations - following maps, directions

  • Rules - scoring games, formulas, sorting strategies

There can be learned helplessness, passive learning, issues with memory and attention, as well as anxiety relating to math.

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