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Welcome to Reading and Spelling Success!

Structured Literacy Intervention

Does your student struggle with reading or spelling?

On-site Barton Tutoring available in Granite Bay, CA
Remote Barton Tutoring available nationwide


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About Barton

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Designed to help those individuals who struggle with reading and/or spelling, the Barton Reading and Spelling System® is a proven multi-sensory, research, and evidence-based intervention program. It allows Certified Barton Tutors, like myself, the ability to provide one-on-one instruction that is systematic, intensive, and explicit. This specialized system of instruction makes reading and spelling a possibility for those bright, hard-working individuals who just learn differently.

Following is a partial list of some of the challenges your student may be displaying:

  • Inaccurate spelling
  • Slow or inaccurate reading
  • Writes some letters or numbers backwards
  • Can't memorize multiplication tables
  • Trouble telling time on a clock with hands
  • Unusual pencil grip and letter formation
  • Difficulty learning to tie shoes
  • (This list reprinted with prior permission from Susan Barton)

Barton tutoring may be the solution.

"...the struggling reader needs someone who will not only believe in him but will translate that belief into positive action... and then actively and relentlessly work to ensure that he receives what he needs."

Sally Shaywitz M.D.
'Overcoming Dyslexia' - 2003


Hello, I'm Cindy. Helping students achieve success in reading, spelling, and composition is my passion.

I am a Certified Barton Tutor at the Masters Level and have provided quality, one-on-one Barton tutoring since 2012. I now serve the community of Granite Bay, California near Sacramento.

I am also Remote Certified and provide quality Barton tutoring interactively via computer locally and nationwide.

Please contact me if you think I may be able to help you or your loved one.

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Dyslexia Signs

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In Preschool

  • Delayed speech
  • Mixing up the sounds and syllables in long words
  • Chronic ear infections
  • Severe reactions to childhood illnesses
  • Constant confusion of left vs. right
  • Late establishing a dominant hand
  • Difficulty learning to tie shoes
  • Trouble memorizing their address, phone number, or the alphabet
  • Can't create words that rhyme
  • Has a close relative with dyslexia
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In Elementary School

  • Dysgraphia (slow, non-automatic handwriting that is difficult to read)
  • Letter or number reversals continuing past the end of first grade
  • Extreme difficulty learning cursive
  • Slow, choppy, inaccurate reading:
    • skips or misreads prepositions (at, to, of)
    • guesses based on shape or context
  • Terrible spelling
  • Often can't remember sight words (they, were, does) or homonyms (their, they're, and there)
  • Trouble with math
    • memorizing multiplication tables
  • Dreads going to school
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In High School

  • Limited vocabulary
  • Extremely poor written expression
    • large discrepancy between verbal skills and written compositions
  • Unable to master a foreign language
  • Difficulty reading printed music
  • Poor grades in many classes
  • May drop out of high school
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In Adulthood

  • Slow reader
  • May have to read a page 2 or 3 times to understand it
  • Terrible speller
  • Difficulty putting thoughts onto paper
    • Dreads writing memos or letters
  • Still has difficulty with left vs. right
  • Often gets lost, even in a familiar city
  • Sometimes confuses 'b' and 'd', especially when tired or sick

* These warning signs reprinted with prior written permission from Susan Barton, Founder of Bright Solutions for Dyslexia and developer of the Barton Reading and Spelling System®.

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Deeper Dive

Learn what you and your student can expect from their Barton method tutoring.

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My name is Cindy Deagen and I am a Certified Barton Tutor at the Advanced Level. Since 2012, I've been privileged to be a Tutor Specialist using the Barton Reading & Spelling System®.

My journey as a Barton tutor began as a volunteer with our local schools. It quickly became apparent that, with proper intervention, each struggling student's potential for success heightened. Their confidence levels increased along with their reading and spelling abilities. Receiving proper intervention through the Barton program made all the difference for these bright, hardworking individuals.

We must always know these students are extremely bright. They just need to be taught differently.

I'm Remote Barton Certified as well which enables tutoring via computer nation-wide.

First Step

Schedule your Barton screening. This ten minute screening ensures your student has acquired the auditory awareness skills within our language to begin the Barton program.

Additional tutoring options are available to strengthen your student's auditory awareness skills if needed.

Request a Barton Screening

Also consider…

For the past three years, I have also used the Forbrain® device, and when worn by students while reading aloud, has helped provide a significant enhancement learning proper awareness and fluency skills.

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I provide the Barton-approved Foundation in Sounds unit.
(developed by Rick and Lisa Weaver)

Remote services can be a great solution for students anywhere. Find out much more about remote services at this link.

The Barton Reading and Spelling program is a simutaneously multi-sensory, structured, systematic and explicit, phonics instruction that teaches students to read by sounding out instead of memorizing. The Levels of the Barton program sequentially teach the logic of our language and starts with the most common to the least common for spelling. Please click on this link to watch a demo (20 minutes) provided by Susan Barton.

The Barton Reading and Spelling program consists of 10 Levels. These levels do not correspond to School Grade levels. The Levels listed below reveal the concepts taught in each level.

Levels of Barton

  • Lesson 1: CV and VC nonsense words
  • Lesson 2: CVC nonsense words
  • Lesson 3: VCC nonsense words
  • Lesson 4: CCV nonsense words
  • Lesson 5: Rhyming & Real Words
  • Lesson 1: A, B, F, M, P, S, T
  • Lesson 2: I, C, G, H, L, N, R
  • Lesson 3: O, D, J, K, V, Z
  • Lesson 4: U, W, X, Y, QU
  • Lesson 5: E, SH, TH, CH, WH, CK
  • Lesson 1: Blends at the End
  • Lesson 2: Blends at the Beginning
  • Lesson 3: Blends at Both Ends
  • Lesson 4: Digraph & 3-Letter Blends
  • Lesson 5: Spelling — Floss
  • Lesson 6: Spelling — Kiss the Cat Rule
  • Lesson 7: Spelling — Milk Truck Rule
  • Lesson 8: Spelling — ING INK Units
  • Lesson 9: Spelling — Catch Lunch Rule
  • Lesson 10: Spelling — Contractions
  • Lesson 11: Spelling — Kind Old Units
  • Lesson 1: Open Syllables
  • Lesson 2: Syllable Division Rule #1
  • Lesson 3: Syllable Division Rule #2
  • Lesson 4: Spelling — /k/ in the middle
  • Lesson 5: Spelling — Double Letters
  • Lesson 6: Spelling — Schwa
  • Lesson 7: Syllable Division Rule #3
  • Lesson 8: Syllable Division Rule #4
  • Lesson 9: Three-Syllable Words
  • Lesson 10: Spelling — The Banana Rule
  • Lesson 11: Spelling — The Confident Rule
  • Lesson 12: Spelling — Long A, E, I at End (Vowel Teams)
  • Lesson 13: Spelling — Long O, U at End (Vowel Teams)
  • Lesson 14: Spelling — Vowel Teams in Middle 3 (Vowel Teams)
  • Lesson 1: Plurals — S versus ES
  • Lesson 2: Consonant Suffixes
  • Lesson 3: ED and ING, The Doubling Rule
  • Lesson 4: Other Sounds of ED
  • Lesson 5: Vowel Suffixes
  • Lesson 6: Spelling — The Change Rule
  • Lesson 7: Spelling — TION versus SION
  • Lesson 8: Prefixes: dis, in, un, non
  • Lesson 9: Prefixes: mis, sub, re, pre
  • Lesson 10: Prefixes: inter, mid, over, up
  • Lesson 1: Silent-E's in One-Syllable words
  • Lesson 2: Syllable Division with Silent-E
  • Lesson 3: C's and G's with Silent-E's
  • Lesson 4: Spelling — V at the End
  • Lesson 5: Spelling — The Huge Bridge Rule
  • Lesson 6: Spelling — The Dropping Rule
  • Lesson 7: Spelling — Tricky Suffixes
  • Lesson 8: Spelling — PH and Medial Y
  • Lesson 9: Unit — TURE
  • Lesson 10: Spelling — TION and SION
  • Lesson 11: Silent-E Units
  • Lesson 12: Consonant — LE Syllables
  • Lesson 13: Spelling — The Sprinkle Vehicle Rule
  • Lesson 14: Spelling — ABLE versus IBLE
  • Lesson 1: AR and OR
  • Lesson 2: ER, IR, and UR
  • Lesson 3: Vowel-R with Silent-E
  • Lesson 4: Prefixes & Suffixes with Vowel-R
  • Lesson 5: Spelling — Commodore Sailor Rule
  • Lesson 6: Bossy W
  • Lesson 7: Spelling — Edward the Lizard Rule
  • Lesson 8: The Three Sounds of EAR
  • Lesson 9: AR and ER can say /AIR/
  • Lesson 10: Word Endings ARY, ERY, and ORY
  • Lesson 11: Vowel-R Plus R
  • Lesson 1: Spelling: India Indian Musician
  • Lesson 2: Spelling: Obvious Spacious Religious
  • Lesson 3: Spelling: Radio Union Million Region
  • Lesson 4: Spelling: Industrial Special Dial
  • Lesson 5: IE: Piece of Pie
  • Lesson 6: OI, OY, EY: Oil Boy, Turkey
  • Lesson 7: AU, AW: Audience Saw
  • Lesson 8: OO: Good Food
  • Lesson 9: OU, OW: Mouse Group, Slow Down
  • Lesson 10: EA: Clean Breath is Great
  • Lesson 11: IGH, AUGH, EIGH, EI
  • Lesson 12: EU, TU: Feud, Sleuth, Actual
  • Lesson 13: Split Vowels
  • Lesson 1: Greek Words
  • Lesson 2: Silent Letter Pairs
  • Lesson 3: Words That End in I and INE
  • Lesson 4: French Words: QUE and CH
  • Lesson 5: French Words: AGE and 2 Suffixes
  • Lesson 6: French Words: Silent and Accented E
  • Lesson 7: French Words: Silent S and T plus EAU
  • Lesson 8: French Words: OUR
  • Lesson 9: Spelling: G, GU, and GUE
  • Lesson 1: Latin: Chameleon Prefix: IN
  • Lesson 2: Latin: Chameleon Prefix: CON
  • Lesson 3: Latin: Chameleon Prefixes: OB and SUB
  • Lesson 4: Latin: Chameleon Prefix: AB
  • Lesson 5: Latin: Chameleon Prefixes: EX and DIS
  • Lesson 6: Greek Combining Forms
  • Lesson 7: Greek Forms in Science
  • Lesson 8: Greek Forms in Math
  • Lesson 9: Greek Forms in Medicine
  • Lesson 10: Greek Forms in Social Studies

Barton tutoring sessions

  1. Quick review of prior lesson
  2. Phonemic awareness warmup
  3. Teach new skill or rule, using color tiles.
  4. Read & spell real words using new skill or rule, using color tiles.
  5. Read & spell nonsense words using new skill or rule, using color tiles.
  6. Read nonsense words on color paper. Reading for accuracy as well as fluency.
  7. Spell nonsense words on black and white lined paper.
  8. Read phrases on color paper, spell phrases on black and white lined paper.
  9. Read sentences on color paper, spell sentences on black and white lined paper.
  10. Read controlled-text stories on paper, in color. Read for accuracy, phrasing and fluency, including comprehension.
  11. Extra practice pages, if needed, provided for review during session or student may complete at home.

About Modules…

Included in Barton tutoring sessions:

  • Barton-approved modules for comprehension activities
    • developed by Kathy Root, Katie Smith, M.A., and Maggie Pike, M.A.

These Barton-approved modules are available as separate sessions:

  • Institute for Excellence in Writing (IEW) once students have mastered Barton Level 4
  • Handwriting instruction using Barton-approved Handwriting Without Tears

It is very difficult to witness the number of bright and hardworking students who think they are not smart simply because they find reading and spelling difficult.

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However, as a result of this wonderful intervention program, students gain self-confidence and 'I can do it' frames of mind.

These students need more than being told they can do it, they need to be shown they can do it.

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Real Achievers

Your son or daughter faces challenges that many others have overcome. This experience is shared with many high achievers. Here are a few:

Bella Thorne

Bella Thorne


“I'd like to help other kids with dyslexia, because I'm dyslexic. It was very hard, and I know that what I went through, other kids are going through.”

Henry Winkler

Henry Winkler

Actor / Producer

“As a child, I was called stupid and lazy. On the SAT I got 159 out of 800 in math. My parents had no idea that I had a learning disability.”

Earvin 'Magic' Johnson

Magic Johnson

NBA Hall of Fame

“The looks, the stares, the giggles . . . I wanted to show everybody that I could do better and also that I could read.”

Jay Leno

Jay Leno


“I discovered that being a little bit different actually sets you aside in show business; it makes you special.
You always try to turn your negative into a positive.”

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Did You Know?

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Three of the six "Shark Tank" Sharks — Daymond John, Barbara Corcoran, and Kevin O'Leary — are dyslexic.



Recording artist / Actor

“I used to love reading when I was little, and then it became difficult and I didn't understand why. I thought, what a bummer, my passion all drained out of me. So when I found out I had dyslexia, it was like, oh, that's what it was.”

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Barton Screening

The Barton Reading and Spelling System® screening will determine if the student has sufficient auditory awareness skills necessary to begin Barton tutoring.

A Barton student must:

  • be at least 5 years old and in kindergarten.
  • speak and comprehend spoken English.
  • have an IQ of 70 or higher.
  • struggle with spelling when writing stories, and cannot easily sound out unknown words when reading.
  • pass our 10-minute student screening.

(This list reprinted with prior permission from Susan Barton)

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About Cindy…

Cindy Deagen

"These students are extremely bright. They just needed to be taught differently through explicit, multi-sensory methods…they need to be shown they can do it."

Owning and operating Reading and Spelling Success lets me experience the joy and satisfaction of helping my students succeed in reading and spelling.

I learned the importance of reading to children in my early years of study in child development.

In addition to being an advocate for reading, I also enjoy painting, color pencil art, reading, and education (we never stop learning). Outdoors we travel, hike, kayak: basically enjoy anything out in nature.

I am passionate about my family, friends, my dogs, and working with my students.

My favorite mottos are "Live, Laugh, Love" and this quote by Mahatma Gandhi: "Be the change you wish to see in the world."


Cindy is so knowledgeable and passionate about this method because it truly works… our daughter, who is in first grade, is finally on her way to read and write, after years of struggle! She has transformed.

Cindy has given her a toolbox to learn, understand, and participate in a school environment that is not designed around the way her brain functions. As a result, our daughter's attitude has changed dramatically towards herself… she now knows she can do it! Magical!!!

- K. Jones

The Barton program was recommended when my son was struggling with reading in school. Shortly after starting his lessons with Cindy, he has made great improvements. The success has boosted his confidence and ultimately resulted in a love for reading…now he always has a book in his hand!

Cindy is very welcoming and patient, you can tell she really cares for her students and wants them to succeed. I'm amazed at what a positive impact the tutoring has made and I highly recommend tutoring with Cindy.

- A. Hartman

Our son has improved immensely since beginning to work with Cindy. His reading and writing have moved up to grade level and, more importantly, his confidence in expressing himself.

- T. Hall

Thanks so much for all your help. Matthew is thriving academically this year and even in subjects like English and Social Studies, which involve quite a bit of reading and writing.

- Lisa S.
Pleasanton, CA

Getting the most of your training …

Beyond the offerings of the Barton system, students may find some of these resources can accelerate their progress.


Many of my students have accelerated their progress with these headsets. They are designed to isolate audio feedback to the user via bone conductivity. This is well worth exploring and more info can be found at Come back here and use this link to get 30% off.

online (remote) option

We can set up remote sessions if needed. This is how I now work with several of my students with great success. Please contact me to discuss using this online option.

Barton recommended tools

Consider these additional tools recommended by Susan Barton for Barton students.

  • Learning Ally
    provides digitized books, novels, textbooks, etc. which students may listen to while following along in their book. For some students, this has been a valuable resource in paving the way toward becoming independent readers and learners.
  • Handwriting Without Tears
    helps students with handwriting legibility issues (dysgraphia). I now teach this multi-sensory program as well for printing and cursive writing.
  • Keyboarding Without Tears
    features general computer readiness activities and digital citizenship lessons.