GTDA is here to help children and adults whose reading struggles are interfering with their ability to reach goals in school, work, and life.

We work with children and adults who have:

learning style differences

undiagnosed disabilities

diagnosed learning disabilities

diagnosed language disabilities


and slow development (the low-reading group students).

How do we get started?

Call us.  The starting point is to have a member of the screening staff conduct a screening to assess the student’s current abilities.   Our phone number is 231-929-1007 or email us Vnorris@gtdyslexia.org

Don’t be worried about the screening

This two-hour “screening” tells us what the student knows currently. The information will give the tutor a place to begin teaching what is unknown. The screening does not label a student.

In many cases GTDA recommends that the individual attend tutoring. We also make referrals to other service providers.

Our tutoring method

GTDA provides one-on-one tutorial sessions. This allows each student to cover material at a pace that is comfortable and productive.

The primary instruction method is the Orton-Gillingham approach. It has a long history and is used internationally.

The Orton-Gillingham approach is language based and success oriented. The student is directly taught reading, handwriting, and written expression as one logical body of knowledge. Learners move step by step from simple to more complex material. This is done in a sequential, logical manner that enables students to master important skills.

This approach utilizes phonics and emphasizes visual, auditory, and kinesthetic learning styles. It provides students with immediate feedback and a predictable sequence that integrates reading, writing, and spelling.