Tutoring Characteristics and Ideas for Students with Learning Disabili
Jun 30, 2009 Tutoring/Home School 2751 Views
Normally, students with learning disabilities receive extra attention in school. However, there are times when that student might need a tutor to help with specific weaknesses. If your child has a learning disability and you think he may need a tutor, here are some characteristics in the tutor that you should look for - as well as other ideas to consider.
Whether you're looking for a tutor to work with your child in person or over the Internet, there is a certain level of training that the tutor should have in order to be properly qualified to help your child. For instance, the tutor should understand and be able to apply certain multisensory techniques. To make sure the tutor is able to properly tutor your child, it's a good idea to ask about training, references, and experience level.
A student who has a learning disability often requires more repetition than other students. So after you find a tutor who you feel will work best with your child, it's good to schedule at least two sessions per week to help reinforce ideas and sink in the message the tutor wants to get across.
Choose a "Fresh" Time of the Day for Tutoring
A student who has a learning disability not only can benefit from repetition when working with a tutor, but also choosing and sticking with a time that represents "freshness" and a readiness to learn. For many students, this means getting started before school starts. However, it's best to consult with your child and monitor his response to determine the best time to stick with permanently.
Try Online Tutoring for Reinforcement
If you've decided to work with an in-town tutoring service, or personal tutor who comes to your home, it's a good idea to reinforce their work with that of online tutoring services. Many services that you find online are highly qualified to work with all types of students and can help you to solidify ideas that your regular tutor has already taught.
Keep Your Child in the Loop
With your child having a learning disability, insecurities may not be far away. So to make sure your child does not feel insecure or inadequate by needing the added help of a tutor, it's good to explain along the way why the tutor is coming in to help. It's also good to let your child know that tons of other children - even at his school - get help from tutors on a regular basis. Your goal in keeping your child in the loop is to focus on the work at hand, rather than any inadequacies he may be feeling.
Your child's having a learning disability is not the end of the world; it's actually the beginning of a time that you and he can get closer as you discover the innate intelligence he was born with. As you bring a tutor into the loop, things can only get better. So make sure your child understands all of this - with love.