Frequently Asked Questions
Our Center is open from 12:00 to 6:35 pm Monday to Thursday and 2:00 to 5:00 pm Friday.
Yes! We can accept students at 12:15, 1:05 or 1:55
Our rates are $65.00 per 50 minute session
Yes. We work closely with Home School Associations as well as accept payment from Autism Funding.
If Orton-Gillingham tutoring has been recommended by a registered psychologist our fees can be deducted on the medical section on your income tax return. Please visit cra.ca for more information. We also recommend that you contact an accountant familiar with this tax deduction and/or the Disability Tax Credit.
All our lessons are one-on-one and individualized to meet each student’s needs.
Yes. Our assessment takes approximately 30-40 minutes. We are pleased to discuss our services with you while your child is being assessed. Assessments are $65.00 should you not enroll in our program. If you do enroll in our program, the cost of the assessment is applied to your tutoring fees. Assessment reports are verbal; however, if you require a written report the cost is $60.00.
It is best to contact us via telephone to book an appointment. 604-837-2459
No. Our multisensory program is designed to help all struggling learners acquire reading and writing skills.
An educational psychologist is qualified to diagnose a learning disability. Click here for warning signs of learning disabilities. Please contact us for a list of recommended psychologists in your area.
Your first step is to book an assessment with us. Upon completion of our assessment we can help you move forward to getting the necessary help. We have helped many students gain access to programs within their school district. Please contact us and we would be happy to help you advocate with your school effectively.
Our Orton-Gillingham multisensory program takes approximately two school years to complete based on a minimum of twice weekly attendance. We proceed through the program as quickly as we can, but as slowly as needed. All students will progress at their own rate.
Yes! Please check our Testimonals page.
We try to keep students with one tutor; however, at times placements have to be changed. We reserve the right to change tutors but do our best to keep students consistently with one tutor.
Lark, our Canine Learning Buddy, has graduated from PADS (Pacific Assistance Dog Society) and has been trained extensively to be an assistance dog. Our staff have been trained to work with Lark. Should your child not want to interact with Lark, Lark will be put in a command and will not interact with your child unless invited to do so. We have children in the Center that were fearful of dogs, and now they can hardly wait to get to tutoring to give Lark a hug.
Unfortunately, no. Lark is much like a family member and included in our Center and our Center’s activities. Our Center has hardwood floors and we do our best to keep our space free and clear of dog hair.
We offer 7 make-up sessions per contract year for students enrolled 2 or more times per week or 4 per contract year if enrolled once per week.
Term One: September to November, Term Two: December to March, Term Three: April to June
Yes. Our programs are modelled on VAKT methodology of teaching. They are VISUAL, AUDITORY, KINESTHETIC and TACTILE.
Our tutors follow the principles of the Orton-Gillingham methodology based on a sequential, multisensory, phonetic approach to learning. One of the most important benefits of this systematic method of instruction is the confidence that it builds within the individual student. Success is fostered, and strong foundations are laid by implicit direct instruction taught by our O-G certified tutors using all sensory pathways. We will be happy to show you an example of a student’s work binder and explain what an O-G lesson looks like during an assessment at our Center.
Yes! Huge changes in remediation of language based learning differences lie in Assistive Technology such as the use of word processors, iPads, software, and the new and innovative products emerging every day. Tutors at Stepping 4words Learning Center research and collaborate with businesses, educators, and work hands-on with their students, to stay apprised of this rapidly emerging and ever-changing technology.
Yes! All our tutors have a computer/and or tablet at their station. We use specialized software to help our children that have written output disorders. We also teach multisensory keyboarding to students to ensure they acquire the appropriate and proper skills required to become proficient with technologies.
Our Spring Break 2018 closure is March 19 – 23 (one week only). Please contact us for available dates and times for Summer availability.
We accept cheques (post-dated) and e-transfers to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We accept cash as well.
Yes. Wheelchair access is available via the back of the building. Please ring the doorbell.