Demo Video FAQ
Q: Was that an entire lesson?
A: No. It was a small portion of six different lessons. You saw how we explain syllable types, and how we use them to explain the sound of the vowel, and how they help make spelling seem simple and logical.
Q: Is the entire lesson in color?
Q: What are the steps in a Barton lesson?
Q: How long does a lesson take?
But to make enough progress to close the gap, a student needs to receive at least 2 hours of one-on-one tutoring each and every week.
For detailed information on lesson length and frequency, click here.
Q: I’m trained in a different Orton-Gillingham system. This is so much easier than what I learned.
During the many years Susan Barton tutored dyslexic adults, teenagers, and children, she was trained in seven different Orton-Gillingham-based methods, as well as three of the Lindamood-Bell programs.
When creating the Barton Reading & Spelling System, she combined the best ideas from these systems – then simplified and organized the material for ease and effectiveness.
Susan Barton also created new procedures that incorporate the latest research on phonemic awareness and fluency.
Plus she created many techniques to teach spelling rules and patterns – so that a student’s spelling improves as much as their reading. The Barton System teaches spelling much more strongly than any other Orton-Gillingham-based system.
Susan also wanted to create a system that tutors without college degrees or teaching experience, and who might be dyslexic themselves, could use successfully.
The Barton Reading & Spelling System is the result of years of development and “beta testing” in Adult Literacy programs and Elementary schools. That’s why it works so well—whether the students are adults, teenagers, or children.
Tens of thousands of people around the world – homeschool parents, volunteer tutors in adult literacy programs, reading and resource specialists, and professional tutors – use the Barton System to improve the skills, and the lives, of people with dyslexia.
Q: Can I become a tutor?
To learn more about becoming a tutor, click here
Q: Why do you use nonsense words?
That’s because each syllable in a multi-syllable word looks like a nonsense word. So only when students become fast, accurate, and comfortable reading nonsense words, will they master reading and spelling multi-syllable words.
Q: Does tutoring have to be one-on-one?
Experienced teachers in a school setting can use the Barton System in small groups of up to 3 students as long – as long as the teacher increases the amount of Barton tutoring time accordingly.
To learn why, click here.
Q: I’m a homeschool mom. Can I teach all my children at the same time?
Children with dyslexia progress at different rates, and they make mistakes during tutoring. Think how embarrassing it would be if a younger brother or sister made fewer mistakes, and progressed faster, than an older sibling.
So we recommend one-on-one tutoring – even in a homeschool setting.
Q: How young or old can a student be?
None of the procedures in the Barton System will offend an older student.
But a student must FIRST be able to pass our Student Screening.
To learn more about the Barton Student Screening, click here.
Q: How do I learn the Barton System?
By the way, you can also watch our tutor training videos over the internet on your desktop or portable computer, on your iPad or Android tablet, or even on your cellphone. And you can start watching them while waiting for UPS to deliver your level.
To learn more about watching them over the internet, click here.
To learn what’s included in each level of the Barton System, click here.
Q: I’m skeptical. I’ve tried a lot of systems – from The Phonics Game to Vision Therapy to a Sylvan Learning Center. Nothing has helped very much.
- Hooked on Phonics
- The Phonics Game
- Reading Recovery
- Fast Forward
- Sylvan, Kuman, Score or other learning centers
- Vision therapy
- motion-sickness pills
- herbal remedies
- Neurodevelopmental exercises, such as:
- Cranial adjustments,
- Brain Gym,
- Corrective Crawling.
- Interactive Metronome
- or other such “therapies”
without much success, your child may have dyslexia.
Independent, scientific, replicated research does NOT support the use of those systems for children with dyslexia.
To learn why, click here.
Q: Will the Barton System really work?
You don’t have to take our word for it. Independent, scientific, replicated research supports our approach – for students who have dyslexia. To read that research, click here.
Parents, tutors, and students will tell you how well it works. To read what they say about the Barton System, click here.
Here’s our guarantee:
We guarantee your satisfaction.
If at any time, for any reason, you are not completely satisfied with the quality or effectiveness of the Barton System, you can return it for a complete refund.
Q: What if I get stuck or don’t understand something?
If you have a question or need help, just call us at 408-559-3652 or send an email to Info@BartonReading.com.
Q: I’m in England. Is the Barton System suitable, given the differences in spelling between British English and American English?
Fortunately, there are only three major differences in spelling between British English and American English. The first difference doesn’t appear until Level 7. And in Level 9, The Influence of Foreign Languages, we explicitly teach the other two.
However, our tutor training DVDs are currently available only in NTSC format, not PAL. So you must use a DVD player that can play NTSC discs.
Q: How much does the Barton System cost?
We have two prices. The Single Tutor price is for one tutor. The Site License price is for sites with many tutors.
For the prices of those two options, click here.
Q: How long will it take?
If a student has classic, moderate dyslexia, and is tutored twice a week in a one-on-one setting, for an hour each time, it will take 2 to 3 years to complete all ten levels of the Barton System. After those 2 to 3 years, a formerly struggling student will read well and spell competently at the mid-ninth grade level.
Students with mild dyslexia often complete the system a bit sooner, while students with more severe dyslexia may need 4 to 5 years.
A student can make faster progress if tutored more often. A child tutored 3 or 4 times a week will progress much faster than one who only gets tutoring twice a week.
Q: Does the Barton System cure dyslexia?
But no one can “cure” dyslexia. We teach them to read and spell in ways that makes sense to them — logical ways that require very little memorization. With this training, they can succeed in school and in life – and they can put their gifts to good use.
Yes, people with dyslexia do have talents and gifts in one or more of these areas:
- Art of all types – painting, sculpting, weaving, graphic arts, etc.
- Music – both vocal and instrumental.
- Spatial skills – they can visualize in three-dimensions, and tend to think in pictures rather than words.
- Machines – they tend to be very skills at working with, designing, or fixing, machines – copiers, cars, computers, farm equipment, etc.
- Athletics – many of our highest-paid athletes and coaches are poor readers and spellers.
- Imagination – their minds are busy and constantly creating things.
- Creative Thinking – they naturally think “outside the box.” They often find patterns or “see” solutions that no one else notices.
- Curiosity – they love to know “why” things work – or don’t work.
- Intuition – their intuition is right more often than wrong.
Who would want a world without people with these talents?
But they need to complete school, with their self-esteem intact, in order to use their gifts and talents.
If you can pass the Tutor screening (watch the above video) and your student can pass the Student Screening, (watch the next video), you’re ready to start tutoring.
You cannot give this student screening unless you can pass our
Before you give the student screening, you need these 2 items.
If your student passed, go ahead and start tutoring that student using the Barton Reading & Spelling System. Click here to place an order.
If your student did not pass any part of that screening, or you have questions about the scoring, click here.
Barton Intro Video
Who is Susan Barton?
9 Things Parents Should Do
To hear Susan Barton’s advice for homeschool parents who use (or are thinking about using) the Barton Reading & Spelling System, watch her free on-line video below.
For the handout that goes along with that video, click here.
By the way, that presentation also contains useful advice for parents thinking about homeschooling.
Tutor Training Videos
All of the training you need to learn and use the Barton System correctly comes inside each level on DVDs.
You can also watch our tutor training videos online while waiting for a level to be delivered by UPS – or at any time. Just click here to learn more – or ask for that option when you place your order.
Nuts & Bolts of Private Practice
Susan Barton converted one of her most in-demand all-day workshops, the Nuts & Bolts of Private Practice, into 3 shorter on-line sessions.
Now Barton tutors, certified or not, can watch any of these sessions — as many times as you wish — for a small fee, over the internet 24/7.
The three sessions are:
- Setting up a private practice, the nitty gritty — 1 hour
- What to charge and how to market effectively — 2 hours
- Set parent expectations with a tutoring agreement and a road map — 2 hours
To learn what is covered in each session, or to register, go to: Nuts & Bolts of Private Practice
Dyslexia: Symptoms & Solutions
More Videos on Dyslexia
To watch more videos on dyslexia, click here.