About Lisa Durham

As a trained special education teacher with over twenty five years of teaching experience, I have worked in both public and private school settings as well as within the homeschool community.

In 2010, I began my tutoring practice working specifically with children with learning disabilities, focusing primarily on providing reading and spelling instruction to students with dyslexia. I have Advanced Certification in the Barton Reading and Spelling Program, which is a program designed specifically for teaching children or adults with dyslexia.

In another capacity, I am a testing consultant with Lighthouse Educational Services, and provide annual testing to homeschoolers using the Woodcock Johnson IV Achievement Test.

I provide tutoring primarily from my home office, located in southern Wake County in Raleigh, North Carolina. But I also tutor online and off-premise, if my schedule allows. You may contact me through this website, or call me at 919 539-6950.

Dyslexia at a Glance

As with other learning disabilities, dyslexia is a lifelong challenge that people are born with. This language processing disorder most often causes problems with reading, writing, and spelling, but can also impact speaking, memory function, and math ability. Dyslexia is not a sign of poor intelligence or laziness. It is also not the result of impaired vision. It is a neurological disorder that causes a person’s brain to process and interpret information differently.

Dyslexia occurs among people of all economic and ethnic backgrounds and can range from very mild to extremely severe. Since it is an inherited condition, quite often more than one member of a family will struggle with it. According to the US Department of Health, as many as 15 percent of Americans have dyslexia.

Since so much of what happens in a classroom is based on reading and writing, it's important to identify dyslexia as early as possible and provide appropriate intervention.

Common Signs of Dyslexia

NOTE: Reprinted with permission from Susan Barton of Bright Solutions for Dyslexia, www.BrightSolutions.us.

Our Curriculum

The most difficult problem that students diagnosed with dyslexia have is learning to read. Unfortunately, most reading curriculums that are found in classrooms are ineffective for these struggling learners. Students with dyslexia need an Orton-Gillingham or Structured Literacy approach to learn to read. This approach provides instruction that is explicit, direct, cumulative, intensive and focused. Multisensory learning is an important aspect of the instruction. This uses visual, auditory and kinesthetic-tactile pathways to encourage learning and retention. Research shows that by using a structured literacy program by a well trained teacher, children with dyslexia can successfully learn to read.

Programs We Use

What We Provide

Dyslexia Tutoring and intensive reading & spelling instruction in a one on one setting (in person or remote) for a minimum of two 45 minute sessions per week. Instructor carries advanced certification in the Barton Reading and Spelling Program. Overview of skills taught is given after each session and detailed progress reports are provided as a child completes a level.



Contact Us

I tutor and provide testing out of my home office, which is located in southern Wake County in Raleigh, North Carolina.
I am near the intersection of Highways 401S and 1010 near the main campus of Wake Technical College.
You may contact me through this website, or call me at 919 539-6950.