For students who have been diagnosed with ADD or ADHD, or even those undiagnosed but still demonstrate some of those typical characteristics, I have experienced that they do best when they are allowed to move around a bit more, or hold a stress ball, and especially helpful is meeting their need to move from one task to another more often.
I have a Master's degree in mild to moderate learning disabilities. Dyslexia is a rather general term used to describe a difficulty with reading skills. When a student comes to me with dyslexia or the potential for that diagnosis, I like to first figure out where the student's individual strengths and weaknesses are in terms of processing skills. From there, I can help teach the student to make the most of his/her strengths, as well as to do some therapeutic exercises to strengthen the weaker areas. It is also important to note that these challenges the student experiences can flow over into other academic subjects too.
I love working with this age group! In public schools and private Christian schools, I have taught general ed. and special ed. classes at the elementary level. In my private tutoring sessions, I have had many elementary aged students over the years. I also continue to home-school my own two children, which I have done since the beginning of their education, as well as teach classes at home-school co-ops at the elementary level.
When an elementary student needs help with math, sometimes it is a matter of applying different approaches to memorizing math facts, or other times it might be an issue of not completely understanding some basic underlying concepts related to the difficult tasks. More often than not, there will be areas of math that the student gets just fine, but also has gaps of challenging areas. When working with a new student, I can offer an initial math evaluation to determine more specific needs if necessary, before moving forward with specific tutoring/practicing sessions.
If you feel your child needs extra help in "English", you might be thinking of any of the following areas: literature and/or reading comprehension, reading aloud, grammar, spelling, written expression, or penmanship. I can be of service to you in any of these areas. In fact, I currently teach a home-school co-op English class for 5th and 6th graders once a week, where we incorporate literature, grammar, and writing. This is a fun task for me.
Grammar skills are beneficial for both oral presentation and written language. If a student is struggling in this area, I would be happy to help review, refine, and teach these skills. I have a variety of materials that might be used, depending on the level of the student.
I have taught general ed. and special ed. classes at the elementary level. Students who struggle with phonics usually also are challenged with reading/decoding skills and spelling(encoding) skills. I find that many of my students who need help with phonics also need help with phonemic awareness skills, which has to do more with manipulating individual sounds. Whenever I begin to work with a new student, I am happy to do a quick evaluation in this area to determine exactly what the needs are. From there we can determine how best to proceed with effective tutoring methods.
When reading is an issue for a student, it is very important to first determine his/her current reading levels, both in decoding (reading individual words accurately) and comprehension (understanding the passage in both general and detailed ways). If needed, I can provide an initial evaluation of these skills at any and all age levels before moving forth with effective and specific tutoring strategies.
Two of my three credentials are in special ed. One of these includes the capability of teaching in a contained classroom of special ed. students. The other has allowed me to run a pull-out program to provide extra support for students who can function in a general classroom most of the day, but have special needs. Also, I hold a Masters of Arts degree in special education.
If a student is struggling with spelling, it might indicate a need for more practice in phonics, sight word memory, or phonemic awareness. The weak spelling might also be related to a distraction or hesitation due to difficulty of just getting words down on paper. Within a short sample of student writing, I can usually tell where the needs are and can begin some various strategies to help improve spelling skills.
Whether your concern for your child in the area of writing is penmanship or written expression I can help. Weak penmanship might be due to visual/spatial difficulties, pencil grip, or just needing more consistent guided practice. For written expression, I can help at all age levels with important guidelines, from writing good and complete sentences, to proper paragraph, story, and essay structures, to understanding and applying varied styles of writing to meet teacher expectations.