I graduated from Madison Area Technical College as a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant. After working several years in rehab, I retired to homeschool my six children for the next 30 years, developing a curriculum that integrated all subjects and learning modalities. During those years, I also worked as an educational consultant to parents and professionals of learning disabled students before retiring to serve local students and parents directly.
My background as a COTA, with its emp...
The child with attention issues will only become more agitated the more we demand concentration. He literally can not force himself to stay attentive. We must incrementally teach the child to pay attention. The techniques I use can start with an attention span of only three seconds and incrementally build the focusing skills to an appropriate level. Once the child is able to focus other learning issues can be addressed if necessary.
Another area that many students with ADD or ADHD struggle with is the inability to sort information. We can address this issue by teaching the brain to think more systematically through cognitive training exercises. Then the student will be able to choose what information to store and store it properly. When information is stored properly the student will be able to retrieve information as needed.
Contact me for an assessment that will help to determine if I am the best tutor for your child. If we decide we are a good match for each other, I will choose the best combinations of techniques from Audiblox, Davis and PACE programs for your child.
Learning the concepts of elementary math requires three steps: concrete, visualization, and abstract. Many times when a student does not understand a concept it is because the student has been expected to go to the abstract without working through the first two stages. Even teachers who understand that elementary math students need manipulatives often overlook the second step of visualization. I have tools that can be used to help the student work through each of the steps.
I also have great games that incrementally teach math drills and concepts, painlessly, so the student hardly realizes that he or she is learning.
And finally, when I work with a student, I also assess whether the student has some underlying foundational skills that are weak. If so, these can be addressed simultaneously with the math concepts and facts. Strengthening these weak skills will help the student catch on more quickly and truly remediate. Tutoring without assessing underlying skills is like using a crutch but never allowing the weak limb to be strengthened so it can work independently.
As an international consultant to parents, teachers, therapists and doctors, I have had extensive experience in helping students overcome a wide variety of learning issues, such as: dyslexia, dysgraphia, ADD, ADHD, Auditory Processing Disorder, and Visual Processing Disorder.
In my own studio, I have used Audiblox, PACE (now Learning Rx), and the Ron Davis Dyslexia techniques. I use the best of each of these programs along with other exercises I learned as an Occupational Therapy Assistant, to tailor my lessons to meet the needs of your student as efficiently as possible.
Feel free to contact me and I will send you a questionnaire that will help determine if I am the best tutor for your special needs child.