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READING CLINICIAN

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Reading Clinician by the Province of Manitoba.

Christine van de Vijsel, M.Ed. is certified as a

SERVICES

Chrysalis offers a variety of services as a reading clinician, dyslexia specialist, and private tutor for children with reading, writing and spelling challenges.

CONSULTATION

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Received a diagnosis and aren't sure where to begin? We can help you.

Chrysalis provides both individualized and group tutoring in a variety of group settings.

Evaluation for reading, literacy, study skills and organization strategies. Assessment of reading level, both developmentally and grade level.

Early identification of at risk children with a family history or those struggling with letters and sounds.

CERTIFIED CLINICIAN

Christine van de Vijsel, M.Ed. is certified as a Reading Clinician by the Province of Manitoba.

IMMEDIATELY COMFORTABLE WITH CHRISTINE’S GUIDANCE

After many years of frustrations with our son's guidance in school and inabilities to grasp teaching concepts, we turned to Christine to have him assessed. We had attended a parent meeting at Linden Christian School where we were introduced to Dyslexia. At the time we were not sure what was holding back our son, but we were well aware that changes needed to be made with his learning. Christine assessed Eli and immediately started to tutor him twice a week. He was immediately comfortable with Christine's guidance. After two years under her direction, he is now able to read, form and spell words and use correct sentence structure. He uses the tools she has taught him in school every day and is more vocal in the classroom. Most importantly, his confidence has greatly improved and he is heading into Grade 9 with anticipation.
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After many years of frustrations with our son’s guidance in school and inabilities to grasp teaching concepts, we turned to […]

SHE IS FULLY ENGAGED AND NOW ENJOYS SCHOOL

My family has been working with Christine over the past five years.  My little girl has always been bright but dyslexia made reading and writing an obstacle in her life.  At a very young age this affected her grades which, in turn, affected her confidence tremendously.  She concluded that she wasn't 'smart' and became very hard on herself which was heartbreaking.

The hard work by Christine and my daughter, along with the support of my entire family, has brought back her confidence.  In grade 6 she was awarded the most improved student and by grade 7 she received honours for high grades.  She is fully engaged and now enjoys school.  Of course challenges still exist but we have the tools to navigate them; she is using strategies, advocating for herself, and is self-aware of learning differences.

Christine has been a stable presence in my daughter's life through two schools and a divorce.  She is a leader in the Dyslexia community and is as dedicated an individual as I've ever met.  From the bottom of my heart, thank you.

Hartley Lowenthal

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Hartley Lowenthal

My family has been working with Christine over the past five years.  My little girl has always been bright but dyslexia made […]

IN JUST OVER A YEAR OF LEARNING TWICE A WEEK SHE IS NOW ABOVE GRADE LEVEL & THRIVING.

In the spring of Rachel’s grade 3 year, we were surprised to find out that Rachel was struggling to read. After a formal assessment that following fall, it was determined that she was over 2 years behind what would be “normal” for her grade level. As parents, we struggled to understand how this was possible and how we could have missed it.

The school tried to create a plan to help Rachel, but with limited resources available, we were left feeling like there was nothing that could be done at the school level. Though the word “dyslexia” was never used, we came to realize that this was what we were dealing with. Exceptionally bright, Rachel had done her best to memorize words but was unable to understand the phonetic sounds that went with letters.

Finding Christine was a miracle. She took Rachel right back to the basics and taught her different ways of hearing sounds using all her senses. She gave Rachel a tool kit of “rules” to assist Rachel in decoding words. Rachel understands the English language in ways that the average person simply doesn’t. In just over a year of learning twice a week with Christine, Rachel is now above grade level and thriving and she was able to stay in her dual-language program.

The school system did their best to support us with Rachel’s struggle, but when it came down to it, there just wasn’t enough time or support to achieve what would could privately. We are so grateful that we were able to find someone to help.
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In the spring of Rachel’s grade 3 year, we were surprised to find out that Rachel was struggling to read. […]

A MORE CONFIDENT STUDENT

Since Jack has been fortunate enough to benefit from Christine’s tutelage he has not only developed into a child that can read and write at his grade level, he has become a more confident student which has led to positive results across all subjects.  Jen and I consider our family very lucky to have been able to connect with Christine as her teachings have made a tremendous difference in the quality of not only our son’s life, but our life as well.
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Since Jack has been fortunate enough to benefit from Christine’s tutelage he has not only developed into a child that […]

IT’S ALWAYS SO FUN!

Our grade 7 daughter looks forward to working with Christine twice a week.  She says, 'It's always so fun!'.  We've noticed a dramatic increase in her confidence and enthusiasm towards reading and learning.
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Our grade 7 daughter looks forward to working with Christine twice a week.  She says, ‘It’s always so fun!’.  We’ve […]

THE APPROACH NEEDED FOR MY SON TO FINALLY LEARN HOW TO READ AND WRITE

My son struggled to read and write all through elementary school despite the interventions his school provided. Once I had him privately assessed, which determined he had Dyslexia, I looked outside the school system for the supports he needed to read and write. Christine has been tutoring my son for 5 years and his reading comprehension has vastly improved. The multi-sensory Orton Gillingham instruction used by Christine proved to be the approach needed for my son to finally learn how to read and write. Christine has also helped to elevate my son’s self-esteem, and also helped him to understand his challenges and his strengths. She has also provided invaluable support in junior high and high school as Calvin’s advocate at meetings with teachers and administrators. This has resulted in my son receiving the support and accommodations he needed in order to be successful at school.
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My son struggled to read and write all through elementary school despite the interventions his school provided. Once I had […]

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ABOUT ME

Christine van de Vijsel, M.Ed.

PROVINCIALLY CERTIFIED

Christine van de Vijsel, M.Ed. is certified as a Reading Clinician by the Province of Manitoba. Prior to her clinical assignment with The Child Guidance Clinic (a.k.a. Children’s Special Services) of the Winnipeg School Division, she taught elementary grades in the Louis Riel School Division for many years. She continues private practice as a reading clinician, language therapist, and dyslexia specialist for children with reading, writing and spelling challenges. She has pursued extensive specialized instruction and training in the area of learning disability in reading or ‘dyslexia’.

Christine has earned certification as an instructor in the Hill Learning System which specializes in teaching individual lessons within a group setting. Christine has earned her Dyslexia Specialist Certificate from Adam State University, Colorado.  Currently, Christine is training and working as a ‘Fellow-in-training’ with the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators. She is also certified by the International Dyslexia Association as a Tier 3 Dyslexia Therapist.

CELEBRATE LITERACY AWARD

In 2009 she was a recipient of the ‘Celebrate Literacy Award’ awarded by the International Reading Association and the Reading Council of Greater Winnipeg for exemplary service in the promotion of literacy.

CERTIFICATIONS

  • American Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators (AOGPE)
  • The Canadian Academy of Therpeutic Tutors (CATT)
  • Eligible for the Dyslexia Therapist Certificate issued by the International Dyslexia Association
  • Certification as an Instructor in the Hill Learning System
  • Tier 3 Dyslexia Specialist from Adams’ State (CO)
  • On the board of Dyslexia Canada
  • Tier 3 Language Therapist from Adams’ State (CO)

DYSLEXIA CHAMPIONS OF MANITOBA

Christine serves as a member of the Board of the Ontario Branch of the International Dyslexia Association where she represents the interests and advocates for all Manitoba families and their children.  She is a founding member of the Dyslexia Champions of Manitoba, an non-profit organization which advocates for families with children in the school system.  DCM provides training for teachers and other professionals seeking information expertise in the area of specific learning disability in reading.