Successfully helping struggling students, online and within the Ottawa area, with specialized tutoring and assessments.


Successfully helping struggling students, online and within the Ottawa area, with specialized tutoring and assessments.


Unlocking the door to confident reading and spelling.

So many students slip through the cracks because they are not taught according to how they learn. Many students need a very different approach to learning.

In-Person Tutoring

We offer tutoring for all ages in the Ottawa area. Both children and adults can benefit from our reading intervention programs.  If you are in another location, please see our Online Tutoring Section.

We provide appropriate reading and spelling remediation in a caring and supportive environment. We tailor our lessons to meet the student’s own pace, and continually assess for mastery of the material to ensure the continued success of the student.

A screener and one of our qualified tutors come to your house to meet you and your child and to conduct a short free screening with the student. This allows us to determine the best path forward for the student.

We use a variety of programs depending on the student’s needs.  The primary program we use is the Orton-Gillingham-based program called The Barton Reading & Spelling System.  These programs have been proven effective by independent scientific research*, and are recommended by leading experts as well as the International Dyslexia Association.

The tutor works with the student at least two times per week. This can be done at a variety of locations, including your home.

*It is important to ensure that any reading program you consider is proven effective by scientific, independent, replicated reading research.

Live Online Tutoring

We offer the same great programming online too. This means that you or your child can receive help from our amazing team of tutors, regardless of your location!
✔ Orton-Gillingham based reading and spelling program for children or adults

✔ Professional, live, online tutoring in your home

✔ Help from qualified tutors, regardless of your location

Dyslexia Screening

Experts agree that no one test can properly assess for dyslexia.  Not only does educational history and prior testing need to be part of the assessment, but a series of different tests must be used to assess a variety of areas.

How Do Our Assessments Work?

1.  We have an initial phone interview to review you or your child’s full history (from pre-natal to the present).

2.  We review all prior testing reports, educational records, and writing samples.

3. The screening appointments are scheduled.

4. The results are tallied and analyzed, and a full report is written. This report includes the testing results, explanations, and an action plan including accommodations and remediation.

5.  The results meeting is scheduled and we go through your report with you, answering any questions you have.

All these areas must be assessed when screening for dyslexia:
✔ Phonological Awareness

✔ Phonological or Language-Based Memory

✔ Rapid Automatic Naming

✔ Phonics Skills

✔ Decoding (real and nonsense words)

✔ Oral Reading Fluency (single words and paragraphs)

✔ Spelling

We use a variety of assessments to test all of these areas.


Are you interested in having just one or two particular areas assessed? We have a variety of assessments available which target specific skills.

Gray Oral Reading Test
This test is to asses oral reading skills and tests the areas of:

  • reading fluency
  • reading rate
  • reading accuracy
Comprehensive Test of Phonological Processing
This test focuses on 3 reading-related phonological processing abilities:

  • phonological awareness
  • phonological memory
  • rapid naming
Word Identification and Spelling Test
This test focuses on:

  • spelling
  • decoding
  • word identification
  • sound-symbol knowledge

Teachers and Educators

The Open Door Educational Services offers a variety of services for educators including teachers, tutors, principals, and home school groups.

  • Dyslexia screening
  • Phonological awareness
  • Reading rate, accuracy, and fluency
  • Word identification, decoding, and spelling

  • Customized learning plans
  • IEP application solutions

One-on-One Student Remediation
Our qualified tutors can work one-on-one with your students at your school or online.

Early Intervention Screening
Find students at risk of reading failure early enough to prevent it.

Early Intervention Program
Strategies, implementation, staff/volunteer training, and optional overseeing of early intervention program.

Information Presentations
Information presentation on dyslexia related topics.

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