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Do you support students with Dyslexia?


Absolutely.  Lasting Lessons uses the Orton-Gillingham approach to reading.  The approach is language-based, multi-sensory, structured and sequential.  Most importantly, the approach is flexible, ensuring genuine learning, rather than rote learning.


Isn’t school the place to learn to read?

 

Did you know that neighbouring suburbs to our centre has one of the highest rates of developmentally vulnerable six year olds? There are so many stresses placed on children when starting school – trying out new things, listening to and following instructions, taking care of personal belongings, interacting confidently and co-operatively with other children and adults, and coping with everyday frustrations – for many children, literacy learning is an added bonus. Don’t risk your child’s vulnerability! Learning about sounds, words, language, books and stories are the foundations for doing well at school.



Isn’t this just like any other tutor service?


No, this is well above and beyond a tutor service.  Many tutors use literacy content and instruction strategies that mirror the classroom, which sometimes do not necessarily match an individual child's learning style and needs.  Also, many tutors use commercialised non-evidence-based programs, adopting a "one size fits all" approach. The research-based Orton-Gillingham approach is used during all one-to-one sessions.  This approach is language-based, multisensory, structured and sequential, designed to meet your child's challenges in reading, writing and spelling.  


Why is the first one-to-one literacy instruction session used for a literacy assessment?


A comprehensive literacy assessment process needs to take place to create a robust profile.  This profile highlights strengths and areas needing development.  But the process doesn’t stop here.  It is the actual interpretation of the results that is required to then develop a literacy instruction program.  Teachers or school reports may have flagged areas of concern.  Let's now find out the reasons why and overcome hurdles proactively.



My child is having difficulties with literacy at school. What can you do?


Literacy challenges for children, at all grade levels, can sometimes be overwhelming.  The demands placed on them are often unrealistic.  Through Lasting Lessons’ individualised one-to-one literacy instruction, children are provided with lifelong strategies in developing their own self-management supports.  This is particularly important for children with a diagnosis of Dyslexia.  Let's increase their self-confidence by instilling in them a sense that their literacy challenges can be something that can be managed through the correct learning of a positive skill set that they can use in all facets of their learning.



What are the class sizes?


Small! At Lasting lessons, classes have no more than six children at the one time. 



Can I get a discount?


Absolutely! Refer an enrolment and both you and the new enrolment will receive a 10 per cent discount on the term’s fees. To be referred to your family and friends is the greatest compliment for us. 



Do I stay with my child?


We would prefer if you leave. You will appreciate that the children find it overwhelming when they have an ocean of eyes watching over them. However, you are most welcome to stay, especially to support your child in feeling comfortable on their own. 



Are the staff qualified?


Senior instructors at Lasting Lessons are qualified primary teachers. The Director is also a qualified and highly experienced ABA Therapist, skilled in supporting children with a diagnosis of Autism or children that show traits of developmental delay.



When should I arrive?


Please arrive about 5 – 10 minutes early in order to get full value from the class/sessions. You will find that you and your child will settle much better if you have time to relax before the commencement of the class.



Since my child and I have never attended Lasting Lessons before, is it possible to observe a small group class before we decide whether or not to enrol?


You are welcome to come and try a free preview class anytime! Simply make contact to reserve a place.



What if I have a question to ask?


The Director is the person you will need to speak with about any questions you have.  



What happens if I miss a class?


Lasting Lessons has a flexible make-up class approach. Missed classes, where appropriate notice has been given, can be done on another day. It is preferred that the make-up class takes place within the same week to maintain learning retention and continuity in learning.  However, we understand that this is not always possible. Simply give us a call in advance to schedule make-up classes. Refunds are not given for missed classes and make-up classes do not transfer into the next term. Please refer to the available Terms and Conditions.



Which areas do you service?

We service the areas of Bundoora, Doreen, Epping, Epping North, Greensborough, Kingsbury, Lalor, Mernda, Mill Park, South Morang, Thomastown, Watsonia, Whittlesea and Yarrambat. We welcome families from neighbouring suburbs.



We hope we have answered your questions. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have further questions or would like to discuss your child's individual literacy needs.