Barton Reading and Spelling Tutor

Organization Details
Organization Name: Learning Disabilities Association of Manitoba
Address: 617 Erin St.
Winnipeg MB  R3G 2W1
Organizational Description: The Learning Disabilities Association of Manitoba (LDAM) provides information, referral, and support for individuals with learning disabilities (LD) and/or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), their families and the professionals who work with them. LDAM is a United Way supported agency that also receives grants and carries out fundraising activities to help fulfill our mission. LDAM's vision is to help people impacted by learning disabilities and attention deficit disorders to reach their goals and live better lives.
Volunteer Opportunity Details
Description of Duties: This volunteer opportunity requires a commitment of 2 hours per week over 2 evenings (1 hour/evening) between Monday and Sunday.

We schedule tutoring in ten week blocks and then check in with tutors and families to see if they wish to continue; we ask that if you are interested in this opportunity that you be willing to commit at least 20 weeks. There are no sessions during holidays and we are flexible in accommodating vacation time.

Tutors will provide 45 minutes long lesson, twice a week using the Barton Reading and Spelling system with a student that is experiencing difficulties with reading and spelling and may have dyslexia. Lessons are outlined and easy to follow. Tutor will provide a progress report at the end of each week. Lessons can be delivered in-person or online via Zoom at 617 Erin Street.

We provide training in using the Barton Reading and Spelling system which requires a few hours of learning per book/level.
Skills Required: Tutoring using the Barton system requires that you can hear the sounds of letters very clearly, so we provide a screening test to ensure you meet this requirement.

We are looking for people who are excellent at building relationships, are patient and observant; this role also requires clear and adaptive communication skills.

It is important that you can identify if a student is struggling with a lesson and take action to ensure they can successfully complete it and progress through the system.
Skills Gained/Related Careers: This opportunity will provide you with the tools and experience that will help you work effectively with learners that are struggling due to a suspected or diagnosed learning disability.

Research shows that there are seven essential phonemic awareness skills that students must grasp before letters will make sense; you will learn how to teach all seven of these skills as part of Level 1 of the Barton system using scaffolding and structured routines.
Age: 18-30, 31-54, 55+
Time Commitment: Daytime, Evening, Weekend
The majority of students we work with will be participating in tutoring sessions after school and on the weekends, but we sometimes have a need for daytime tutors. We will work with volunteer candidates based on their schedules.
Location of volunteer opportunity: Winnipeg
Does opportunity require a criminal record check? No
Does opportunity require a child abuse registry check? Yes
Will cost be reimbursed? Yes
Opportunity is available to candidates that: Are fulfilling volunteer hours for credit
Uses a wheelchair
Organization will provide: A letter of reference
How to Apply: Online:
Closing Date: Jun 1, 2023