Qualified Dyslexic Educator
Reading allows people to live their lives to the fullest.
Bachelor of General Studies (B.G.S.) - Brandon University - Majoring in English
Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.) - Brandon University - Early Years Stream
Orton-Gillingham Practitioner Associate - Canadian Academy of Therapeutic Tutors (CATT) - Dyslexia Tutoring
EXPERIENCE / SKILLS
Teaching early years and middle years grades in the Manitoba school system
Tutoring students with dyslexia
Tutoring EAL students
Member of Dyslexia Champions of Manitoba
My daughter, who has dyslexia, has always been a story teller. In 2017 she published her first novel.
My name is Twila Richards. I am a teacher, an OG dyslexic tutor, and, most importantly, a parent. My daughter was diagnosed with dyslexia in 2016. With many years of experience teaching early and middle year grades I did not know how to help my own child get caught up to grade level. I was fortunate to study and learn the Orton-Gillingham approach and helped my daughter become a confident reader. I am so grateful to the Orton-Gillingham approach as the specialized instruction helped her understand how to read.
I am a teacher who has taught many children how to read and to enjoy reading. Some of these readers have dyslexia, others are English as an Additional Language students (EAL), and others need more practice.
I understand that parents can become frustrated and confused when their child struggles to learn because I have been there with my daughter. I know how important it is for students to be able to read grade level texts so that they are able to keep up with their learning, enjoy school, and be confident learners.
Students who struggle with reading have difficulties learning other skills in school as they take a long time to read, or cannot read, the instructions. They typically avoid writing because they make many spelling mistakes. These experiences make it hard for students to see themselves as intelligent capable individuals. Some lose their confidence.
I am dedicated to teaching children to understand and to overcome their reading and spelling difficulties while reminding them that their struggles have nothing to do with their intelligence.
Your child is intelligent and deserves to be a confident reader and to love reading.
Ms. Richards, B.G.S., B.Ed., OGPI