Multisensory and Individualized

About Symbols

Symbols’ Multisensory Math Tutoring

Supporting children with learning challenges is our main focus. Providing and designing multi-modality experiences for our students ensures they receive an optimal learning experience. Referencing the Ministry of Education curriculum guidelines by grade, we first strengthen foundational areas of math, like sequencing, fact recall, computation skills, place value, and language-based math areas like instructions and word problems. As with our literacy programs, Symbols math support is also systematic, sequential and cumulative. Math instruction is explicit, prescriptive and always informed by the latest research.

In-Person or Online Orton-Gillingham Math & Numeracy Tutoring

Every class is 60 minutes long.


Mental Math Skills



Fact Recall


Place Value

Pen-to-Paper Computation Skills (+, -, x, ÷)

Literacy-Based Math: word problems and instructions

The Orton-Gillingham Method


Our Intake Assessment helps us to identify areas where your child falls below grade-level in math, and that's where our work with them begins. This includes all areas set in the Ministry of Education curriculum by grade. Core areas many of our students need continued support with are: place value, sequencing, mental math skills, fact recall, computation skills (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division), vocabulary, comprehension, and literacy-based areas of math like understanding instructions, units or word problems.

Stabilize and Pre-Teach

Once stabilized at grade-level, we support our math students with their current classroom content. Ideally, Symbols coordinates with the classroom teacher to pre-teach topics we know may prove tricky and require unique, structured and supported discoveries and many exposures to stabilize. Our goal is to set the student up for success, by bringing an understanding to the classroom having already had explicit one-to-one exposure and practice tailored to their needs in mind at Symbols. This early stabilizing encourages engagement in the classroom as content is more easily understood.

Without this front-loading, students often feel lost, frustrated or confused not being able to keep up with the rate of instruction, which ultimately leads to them falling behind and disengaging altogether. Core areas of focus include (but are not limited to): penmanship, place value, sequencing, mental math skills, fact recall, computation skills (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division), vocabulary, comprehension and literacy-based areas of math like understanding instructions, units or word problems.

Multisensory and Invidualized

All lessons at Symbols are multisensory, taught using multiple modalities: visual, auditory, tactile and kinesthetic pathways. All tutoring is individualized to each student's unique abilities, strengths and weaknesses, as determined through our intake assessment.  It is also informed by each subsequent lesson. For more about what parents and children can expect from our lessons, visit the Symbols Program page.

Responsive to Progress

Lesson plans are always based on the student’s response and progress. This means our time is both diagnostic and prescriptive. Our instructors are always monitoring how the student is responding to each task and planning based on that information, making lesson plans flexible to each individual’s unique rate of progress and profile. With our tutor's help, your child will consistently see progress, and this will in turn increase their confidence. This is our passion and this is our goal.

Book Your Child’s First Math Tutoring Class Today

In-person lessons in our centers aren't always practical or possible. Our online lessons offer the same 1-to-1, individualized, multisensory format as our in-person lessons, and include a free Symbols Multisensory Home Learning Kit delivered to your door.

Reviews and Student Success

  • Avatar Christine D ★★★★★ 5 years ago
    My daughter has grown in skill and confidence over the past year and a half that we have been with Symbols. Our tutor Melanie and all … More the staff we have met in our time at the centre have been warm, welcoming and friendly. The reporting and payment systems are clear and helpful for sharing our progress with our school. We are very glad to have found Symbols!
  • Avatar Stephen T ★★★★★ 5 years ago
    My son has attended Symbols (Coquitlam) for approx 3 years now, specifically for their Orton-Gillingham teaching method, and has progressed … More significantly relative to when he first enrolled and initially assessed. He started out barely able to read even simple words, diagnosed as being two grade levels behind his peers, and feeling extremely unconfident in his reading ability to now being an avid reader of chapter style books. Currently he is now moving on to improve upon his writing skills.He has been with four different tutors during this time and all have been very caring, focused, and genuinely wanting to help the student improve and progress further. My son is not particularly keen on public school but he actually enjoys attending the tutoring lessons once weekly at Symbols. That says a lot!
  • Avatar Kay S ★★★★★ 5 years ago
    My son has been at Symbols for three years for writing and reading. He really enjoys being tutored by Alana. She's warm, smart … More and makes it fun for him. Im so glad I found this place because it has helped my son with his reading tremendously!
  • Avatar Grant G ★★★★★ 5 years ago
    Super impressed! Our tutor (Dana) is very thorough and efficient as she provides a recap of each session as well as outlining homework … More (in person and by email). The teaching techniques are structured to be fun and enjoyable as well, so kids actually look forward to attending. Well worth the investment!
  • Avatar Maggie D ★★★★★ 5 years ago
    My son who is 9 and in grade 4 has been receiving help with his written output disorder (dysgraphia) for the last 4 months and I am … More blown away by the gains my son has made! Things I have worked on with him for the last couple years and have not worked they have got him rolling with in such a very short time. My son not only looks forward to going in the 2 days a week he attends but asks for extra homework to take home! Thank you Symbols! Highly recommend!
  • Avatar Joanna M ★★★★★ 5 years ago
    Both my daughters have been helped immensely with their spelling and reading comprehension. My girls have gone from below grade level … More to honour roll. My oldest daughter told me after her first session that it was the first time a teacher understood her. I can’t thank Symbols enough!

About Our Orton-Gillingham Tutors

Our well-trained Orton-Gillingham tutors in our Vancouver, Coquitlam, Richmond and Langley locations create and tailor a multi-modality experience for each lesson component by connecting sight, sound, touch and motion. This ensures that those with difficulties can experience, understand and master the material to their fullest potential.