Learning Disability Tutors
As a parent, we want our children to succeed. We muse about them accomplishing great things in school and college or university and then moving on to successful, fulfilling careers. However, we are sometimes faced with the reality that our child is struggling to keep up with their peers in their schoolwork. In many instances, your child will require an assessment by his/her teacher and other professional(s) and tutoring may be necessary. There are a number of reasons why your child requires tutoring:
- Some students have difficulty mastering basic skills and they have to re-learn them
- Some students may be learning-disabled, limiting their progress because they find it more difficult to master information or problem-solve
- Some students are poorly organized and forget things at school that they need to finish assignments or study
- Some students may have emotional, social, psychological, behavioral, medical or family problems
Whatever your child’s need, a tutor can help reinforce what is taught in school, devise strategies to help your child learn better and more easily, allow your child to work more independently and be better organized. Mastering school work will certainly allow your child to become more self-confident.
Here are some tips for finding a tutor for your child:
- Take the time to discuss tutoring with your child. Make the conversation positive, reinforcing the idea that this is all being done so that your child will be happier. If the child is older, you can include explanations about self-confidence and self-esteem and success.
- Consult with your child’s teacher or other professionals for guidance in what your child needs.
- Ask other parents what their experience has been.
- Interview a number of tutors and have your child accompany you during the interviews if he/she is old enough to be part of the process.
- Verify the tutor’s academic credentials and ask them if they have any specialized training, about their experience and for references.
- Ask the tutor about the grade levels with which they have experience.
- If your child is learning disabled, the tutor must have specialized training in the various techniques to deal with your child’s special needs.
- Discuss the goals that you have for you child and ask for a plan.
- Ask if the tutor is willing to work with your child’s teacher to develop the tutoring plan in conjunction with your child’s school work – this should be a partnership effort.
- Ensure that the tutor is willing to work with your child when your child is at his/her optimal learning capability, i.e., morning, afternoon, early evening.
- Make sure that your child is alert, attentive, rested and that the tutor will give your child a break during the tutoring sessions.
- For a learning disabled child, more than one session per week may be required. Often, more practice and repetition is needed for a learning disabled child to learn and absorb the same information as their peers. It may take more time to see that your child is making progress, so don’t be discouraged.
- Take the time to quietly observe some of your child’s tutoring sessions. Is the tutor offering hands-on, interactive learning opportunities for your child? Do the tutor and your child have a good relationship?
- Get regular updates from your child’s teacher to ensure that your child is improving.
- Have regular meetings with your child’s tutor to keep abreast of your child’s progress or any difficulties that the tutor or your child might be encountering.
- Do not expect overnight improvement. This is an unreasonable expectation. Be patient.
- Not all learning disabilities are equal. Some are easier to deal with than others. Tutoring for students with learning disabilities will open doors for them that might otherwise have remained closed.
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