When you look online there is a wide range of tutoring services and programs available and it’s often overwhelming. Many parents wonder what is the best method to help my child?
A tutor can be anyone from a high school student to a credentialed teacher. Teachers who tutor will have a better idea of the child’s learning trajectory and can provide more guided support, whereas some students only need supplemental support and will still find success with someone with less training.
Then what about an Educational therapist? What do they do?
Students who are struggling with reading, writing, math, study skills or executive functioning often need more structured support and learning strategies. Educational Therapists have specialized training and the students they work with often have learning difficulties such as Dyslexia, ADD/ADHD or even Autism. According to the Child Mind Institute Educational Therapists work on, “developing the skills she/he is missing, and on devising learning strategies that build on his/her strengths and compensate for their weaknesses.”
So what does that mean? It means that kids with learning differences learn differently and may need to re-learn skills. They may be visual, auditory or kinesthetic learners and we need to play to their strengths and slowly build their weaknesses. Some Educational Therapists do this while providing remediation in areas they are struggling, and/or address it through their school work. They also take into account the child’s emotional, psycho educational profile. It’s focused, broken down, and highly effective instruction.
How do I know if my child needs specialized support?
Does your child complain about having to read? Many of our students find it boring or can’t sustain their attention with books. Others avoid writing and are overwhelmed by the writing process. In math they may have trouble remembering concepts or breaking down problems. They also have difficulty managing their time and assignments and need one on one help to stay on track.
If your child is having significant difficulties, is reluctant to go to school, or avoids certain assignments an Educational Therapist can help. It is an investment that will help your child feel confident, and it will be catered to their individual profile so they can feel successful. If you would like to see if this is the right path for your child please contact us today.