Disrupting the Classroom: New Hope for Learning Disabilities with Dr. Emily Levy

Many children and adults struggle with their reading, writing, and organizational skills. For those who have ADHD or dyslexia, the struggle is even greater. In this podcast, I discuss ways that children and adults can build stronger reading, writing, time management, and organizational skills. Try some of the ideas detailed below to strengthen these key skills, and be sure to watch the full podcast episode HERE.


Many individuals struggle with reading; they may have trouble sounding out words, reading with fluency, or comprehending material that they read. Children and adults can benefit from Orton Gillingham instruction to build stronger reading skills. With this method, students learn a structured, multi-sensory approach to develop stronger reading skills. Some students need help with foundational reading skills, including reading words with consonant-vowel-consonant patterns, blends, consonant digraphs, and vowel digraphs. Others may struggle to read more complex multi-syllabic words and words containing prefixes, suffixes, and roots. Both children and adults can strengthen their reading skills with Orton Gillingham tutoring, and consistent practice using the Orton Gillingham method. It can truly be life changing!

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Writing can affect all aspects of school and life. Students need to write in nearly all subjects at school and adults need to be able to create well-structured emails, write resumes, and communicate in writing in many aspects of their jobs and daily lives. Many individuals struggle to write effectively but those with ADHD and dyslexia tend to struggle even more. Learning a structured, organized approach to writing can help individuals build these skills. With writing tutoring, students can start by learning how to write a well-structured sentence, then move onto a simple paragraph, extended paragraph, five paragraph essay and more complex research papers. They can also work on daily writing skills, like writing lists, emails, and letters. Writing tutoring can help children and adults build this key skill.

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Time Management & Organization

Many individuals with and without ADHD struggle with time management. They might run late for appointments, over or underestimate how long they think a task might take to complete, or schedule too many obligations in one day. To develop stronger time management skills, try using the five P’s: prioritize, plan, (avoid) procrastination, (be) productive, and (stay) positive. First, prioritize. If you have five tasks that need to get done, write them out and then create an order of priority. For instance, if you need to write an email, complete a reading assignment, prepare lunch, and make your bed, you might prioritize writing the email and completing the reading assignment above the other two tasks, and perhaps order them 2 1 4 3 based on level of priority. Next, come up with a plan and write out the plan. Indicate the steps under each task that you will need to do in order to complete the assignment and perhaps even put those steps into your agenda or phone calendar so you have a plan for what you need to do to accomplish each task and when you will do it. Don’t procrastinate! Try to avoid any distractions that might prevent you from starting your tasks and begin working on each task as early as you can. Step 4 is productivity: make sure you have all of the tools and supplies necessary to complete each task. These tools may include pens, paper, a computer, and so on. For adults in the workforce, perhaps delegate smaller tasks if you can that someone else might be able to complete. Finally, stay positive! Tell yourself that you are capable of improving your time management skills. With the right attitude and effort, you will get there! However, if you still struggle with your time management skills, executive functioning tutoring or ADHD tutoring may help you. 

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Children and adults with ADHD and dyslexia often struggle with reading, writing, and organizational skills. Try these ideas - or if needed - look into ADHD tutoring or dyslexia tutoring, and you will be well on your way to success. 

Dear Dr. Levy, My son received an excellent report card. I can’t say enough good things about his EBL tutor. She has done a tremendous job helping him improve his reading and writing skills. Most importantly, she is wise and kind. She is always patient with him. Because of his tutor, my son writes with much more ease.
– Parent