Tutoring: Literacy Clinic

The Blosser Center uses the Orton-Gillingham approach, which is phonics-based and multi-sensory.

Tutors and students meet at least twice a week for 45-60 minute sessions. These are one-one-one, giving the student the tutor’s undivided attention.  On average, it takes approximately 2-3 years to complete the sequence and return to grade level.

Sessions are $60 each.  For school year tutoring, families are under contract, and are billed by the semester, which is 32 sessions.  A semester costs $1920, a full year costs $3840.  Summer and holiday tutoring is billed on a per session basis, each month.

New Students

We require a full academic and cognitive testing suite for each incoming student. This allows us to evaluate the student’s strengths and weaknesses in skills, memory, and processing. Please see our List of Recommended Educational Testers. Comprehensive educational and cognitive testing may also be available through your school district.

Click here to fill out our online New Student Inquiry Questionnaire.

An intake examination must be performed by The Blosser Center before a student begins receiving tutoring. The fee for the intake screening is $175.00. This fee is not refundable if you decide not to continue with tutoring after the intake, as it includes administrative and other costs of conducting the intake.

Students who start school-year tutoring after attending Summer Camp may not need a full intake consultation, since Summer Camp includes part of the intake screening. A Registration Fee of $50 will be charged for administrative costs associated with this transition.

What is The Blosser Center difference?

  • National accreditation from the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators guarantees high educational standards.
  • All our tutors have completed a rigorous training program.
  • We believe that competence creates confidence.
  • We aim to bring students’ skills up to their full academic potential.
  • We provide parents and children with knowledge and support.

Blosser Center instruction offers a superior value.

  • Each lesson is individually designed: no workbooks or canned lessons.
  • Tuition is fair, but affordable.
  • We use The Classic Orton-Gillingham approach, the gold standard of teaching literacy skills to struggling students.
  • The Orton-Gillingham approach has been validated by scientific research.
  • It has brought success to students for over 75 years in clinics and schools around the world.

Why is The Orton-Gillingham Approach effective?

  • Reading and spelling are taught simultaneously.
  • Handwriting is an essential lesson component.
  • Comprehension, grammar and writing are addressed as needed.
  • O-G is sequential, building from basic to complex elements covering all 44 phonograms.
  • The Orton-Gillingham Approach has been validated by over 75 years of scientific research, including the latest research.
  • Standardized testing is used to verify student progress.

How do I know this would fit my child’s needs?

  • Academic placement is based on standardized and diagnostic testing.
  • Effective instruction is provided at any age.
  • Annual post-testing included in fees.
  • Separate cognitive testing is included in planning.
  • We Don’t Give Up
  • Tutoring Times are available Monday – Friday. Clinic is open during the school year from September through the last week of May. Summer tutoring hours available.  Tutors are available throughout the Portland metro area.
  • 45-60 minute tutoring sessions, at least twice a week, are required to make progress.