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Question: Who can be a tutor?

Answer: We designed Foundation in Sounds™ so that almost anyone can teach this program successfully, whether you’re a parent, grandparent, teacher’s aide, teacher, professional tutor, speech or language therapist, etc. 


It’s okay if you are not a very good reader or speller as long as you can hear the sounds well enough to notice mistakes the student will make. So before you buy Foundation In Sounds™, take the 5 minute Barton Tutor Screening, click here


If you can pass the Barton Tutor Screening, you can teach Foundation in Sounds™.


Question: How do I learn to teach Foundation in Sounds™?

Answer: The Foundation in Sounds™ training is available online and via DVDs; providing two hours of explicit, detailed, step-by-step training for the tutor, parent, or teacher. You will learn how to make each sound correctly, do the steps in each procedure, handle common mistakes, play the reinforcement games, and more. You will have the opportunity to stop and practice. You should watch all of the training before you start teaching the lessons. 


Question: How often do I have to tutor a student?

Answer: A student needs at least two hours a week of instruction. For some, two one-hour sessions will be fine; for others, it may be best to present in half-hour sessions four times a week – especially if a student has significant attention, focusing, or distractibility issues.  


It will not be effective to tutor only once a week or to tutor for more than an hour.


Question: How many students can I work with at once while doing Foundation in Sounds™? 

Answer: Foundation in Sounds™ was designed for one-on-one tutoring. This allows the tutor to provide instant corrective feedback, and to pace it correctly for the student. 


Question: How long does it take to complete a lesson?

Answer: Every student is unique, so it is impossible to say exactly how long a lesson will take your student.  But on average, a student can get through a lesson in 30 minutes to an hour.


The key is to make sure the student has truly mastered the material, and has automatic and accurate responses, before moving on. Remember, you are building a Foundation in Sounds™, which is critical to becoming a successful reader. 


Question: How long will it take to get through all 12 lessons?

Answer: It depends on the severity of the student and how often you tutor.  An average student who receives 2 hours a week of one-on-one tutoring should complete Foundation in Sounds™ in 6 to 12 weeks.  


Question: How will Foundation in Sounds™ benefit my student?

Answer: Foundation in Sounds™ will improve a student’s auditory discrimination, memory size, and sequencing – so that your student can pass Part C of the Barton Student Screening.  At that point, the student can get tutoring using the Barton Reading & Spelling System.


Question: My student only struggles with a few of the sounds. Do I have to do all 12 lessons?

Answer: Yes. In order to ensure success, every student should start with Lesson 1 and complete all 12 lessons. 


Question: Who can be a student of Foundation in Sounds™?

Answer: A student should be at least 5 years old, have an IQ of 70 or greater, and speak English. This is not for children with a receptive or expressive language disorder. Also, a non-native English speaker must be able to speak and understand spoken English at a second-grade level. To take the ESL Screening from the Barton Reading website, click here.  


Question: Can I use Foundation in Sounds™ with a preschool student? 

Answer: Foundation in Sounds™ is intended for students who are at least five years old.


Question: Is Foundation in Sounds™ babyish and would it offend teenagers and adults?

Answer: We designed Foundation in Sounds™, not only for children but for teenagers and adults, so that regardless of a student's age, they would be able to improve the skills necessary to pass Part C of the Barton Student Screening and begin the Barton System.  


Question: What if I don’t understand something or my student isn’t getting it? 

Answers: We provide free unlimited support to ensure you and your student are successful. You may contact us by phone, 719-476-0189, or by email,

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