Welcome to Nicholas Learning Associates

I’m Ellen Nicholas and I opened Nicholas Learning Associates in September 2015, to help meet the needs of students with special needs – initially serving students with autism and mild cognitive disorders. Recently retired after nearly 20 years in special education, my goal was (and is) to help students with special needs.

Autism (and other impairments):

In Silicon Valley the diagnosis for autism is about four times the national average, and NLA is here to help students with autism, and other impairments, succeed in general education classrooms.

Dyslexia (Barton Reading and Spelling System):

In response to parent requests, NLA added specialized tutoring for people with dyslexia – the Barton Reading and Spelling System.  One in six people have some sort of language/reading problems, with the majority of them having a level of dyslexia.  The Barton System is an Orton-Gillingham based program that is highly successful at bringing students to reading at (or above) grade level.  This approach works for both younger learners and adults.  NLA has both Certified Barton Tutors and Associate Tutors (not yet certified) to offer a range of Barton services.

Charter Schools:

NLA is a Live Scan company, so each tutor who works with charter school students will have successfully passed a finger print and background check.  Nicholas Learning Associates can become an approved vender for any area charter school.

Home School Students:

NLA is committed to finding ways to support our growing home school community.  Whether your learner needs one-on-one assistance, or your home school group is looking for instructional small group opportunities, NLA is here to help.

Public School Students:

NLA offers after-school tutoring (homework help) and is available to set up after-school group activities, such as small study groups or organized reading groups.

Private School Students:

Many private schools offer tutoring space on campus during school hours.  NLA is delighted to work closely with these schools to offer needed support, both in general education, and Barton tutoring.