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Illinois State University (Special Education)
University of IL @ Chicago, Northeastern IL University (MEd)
National Louis University- Chicago (EdD)
Dear students and parents,
My name is Dr. Bridget, and I have experience with many areas of tutoring expertise! I specialize in working with children and adolescents who need to strengthen their organizational skills, note taking and study skills, test taking skills, and students who have executive functioning issues.
I also specialize in working with students with learning disabilities, students with autism, students with mild cognitive disabilities, and students with ADHD, to mention only a few.
I use research-based curriculum materials when working to boost the knowledge base and self-esteem of the young students with whom I work.
So whether your child requires direct instruction in reading, math, written expression or study skills - you will not be disappointed with the results you see after your child and I work together for only a short time!
My career in teaching and research certainly demonstrates this!
My motto is "Build relationships, build esteem, build skills!" Dear students and parents,
My name is Dr. Bridget, and I have experience with many areas of tutoring expertise! I specialize in working with children and adolescents who need to strengthen their organizational skills, note taking and… Read more
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Inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity are the key behaviors of ADHD.
As a seasoned teacher and nationally certified counselor of students with and without disabilities, I have taught numerous students who have been identified as having ADD/ ADHD.
Using specific strategies designed for each INDIVIDUAL child, I have been an active part of many successes - once the students are met "where they are" and are able to work with a teacher who understands how they learn!!!
What are several of those strategies which I have devised and implemented with children with ADD/ ADHD? Some students respond well to seeing a visual task schedule of their work, and checking off each item they are working on to feel a sense of accomplishment. Some students work well with a timer, working for set periods of time to begin (for example, starting with a 3-5 minute work time, and increasing to 5-7 minutes, then 7-12 minutes). As the child's time and attending skills expand, so does the amount of academic material completed, and the understanding, skills, and knowledge of the child grows! Esteem and confidence grow hand in hand in this cycle! SO.. it is the essence of the self-fulfilling prophecy.
Another very important and UNIQUE part of my work is to connect with the child's teacher(s) - with parent consent, of course - I am then able to bridge the gap and share the strategies that I have found to be most successful! "Fait accompli!"
Although people with Asperger's syndrome often have difficulty socially, many demonstrate above-average intelligence. They may excel in fields such as computer programming and science. There is typically no delay in their cognitive development, ability to take care of themselves, or curiosity about their environment.
Since beginning my career as a teacher, and later as a nationally certified board counselor, I have worked with many children, adolescents, and young adults who were identified as having Aspergers.
Of course, even with my background knowledge and practical experience for "what works" with people with Aspergers, each person is FIRST and foremost - a unique individual! But the key difference is, with my extensive educational background, work experiences and doctoral research, my "bag of tricks" is considerably broader and deeper than the majority of tutors in the field today!!
Using a structured, prescriptive, holistic, and consistent approach, and building social language skills each step of the way, I have seen many successes in my career!
Tutoring elementary students is easier when the tutor makes the experience fun and engaging! I know that it is most important to exercise patience, communicate clearly with parents, establish expectations with the students, and explain simple concepts in many different ways to reach each learner!!
Tutoring at the elementary level will typically involve many subject areas, so it is important that as a tutor, I am very well-versed as a resource for the child, as well as being proficient in many subject areas.
As a veteran special education teacher at the elementary level, I have a "bag of tricks" at my disposal to assist students in achieving to their fullest potential - across subject areas!!
Phonics is a method of teaching reading, based on the relationship between letters and sounds. It is also key to developing an important, life-long skill for emerging readers. As an experienced teacher, I understand the significance of helping children learn how to read based on a solid foundation of the strategies needed to sound out words. I can offer your child targeted, one-on-one phonics instruction so that the child can develop both a strong foundation for their reading skills - and the enjoyment of reading that comes from mastering these skills.
I am proud to hold my undergraduate degree in special education, with advanced degrees in counseling, and a recent doctorate in education. With years of practical experience as a seasoned educator - and as a researcher in multiple topics in the education filed - I am well-prepared to handle many areas in the vast field that is special education!
The broad term "special needs" is an umbrella underneath which an array of diagnoses can be found. I have taught children with special needs who have been diagnosed with mild learning disabilities, occasional panic attacks or serious psychiatric problems, moderate to profound cognitive impairment, food allergies, terminal illnesses, and of course - developmental delays where a child may catch up relatively quickly or remain delayed.
Any two families of children with special needs may seem to have little in common. A family dealing with developmental delays will have different concerns than one dealing with chronic illness, which will have different concerns than one dealing with social-emotionaal learning issues, learning problems or behavioral challenges.
The uniting characteristic is that when I am working with this child and their family, they know that they have a professionally trained educator and counselor who will continuously draw on her vast background of different areas of expertise to reach success!
What are good study skills??
As an experienced teacher, I know that one of the main things that children struggle with during their school years are proper study habits. Developing a habit can take a couple of weeks, so as a tutor I can help with consistency, and implementing these ten tips to help the child study better.
* To have a consistent time and place is best! A table, a desk, a "study place" and a regular time each day to work is so helpful.
*Studying should begin as soon as the child sits down. Don't start by emailing, texting, tweeting! When the studying is done,
they can do those things, as a reward!
*Help the child plan what they need to accomplish. Help them write down exactly what they need to get done (complete an essay, read a chapter, answer ten math questions, etc.)
*Break large tasks down into smaller ones. For example, if an essay is to be written, the tasks might include coming up with the "big idea", writing a solid first paragraph, adding details, building the second paragraph and adding details, the third paragraph plus details, and then the wrap-up.
*Good idea to keep a "log book" or record of needs to be accomplished in each study section. The child can look over it later - and be impressed with themselves!
*Keep study supplies in a handy place, like in a shoe box. The child can organize them so they can grab what they want quickly, and not waste time rummaging around.
*Parents need to be aware of when the child starts to daydream, and to stop them right away! It is effective to help the child concentrate for blocks of time, but then be sure to allow the child regular breaks to "refresh" their brain.
*Getting enough sleep is important for effective studying and remembering. A child needs to have an established bedtime at a reasonable time each night.
*Eating well gives the body and brain the fuel it needs! Children should eat three good meals a day and should not skip breakfast.
*Exercise will increase memory and study stamina, as well as making you feel generally more confident.
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