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Mary R.

Healthcare Tutor/Childhood Tutoring with/without disabilities.

Wallington, NJ (07057)

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I am a Licensed Practical Nurse having 28 years experience in the field of nursing. I have experience working with all ages of children through the geriatric population and am experienced working with children having developmental disabilities.

I am trained in Applied Behavioral Analysis Therapy (ABA) and have worked with students diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Dyslexia, etc.

I excel in making up faux tests to help students succeed. I also possess extreme patience with all students.

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Mary’s subjects

ADD/ADHD

Teaching the child with ADD/ADHD can be trying for both the teacher & the student. These children are often hyperactive and need to move about. I have found out that giving frequent breaks every 20-30 minutes is helpful as is incorporating movement into studies when possible.

I have been caring for children having various developmental disorders since June 1997. I was trained in the use of Applied Behavioral Analysis Therapy (ABA) that requires the behaviorist to be able to determine what behavioral problems need to be addressed. Behaviors can be addressed by reward and punishment. Small rewards are given for small accomplishments and large rewards for large accomplishments. Rewards should be something the child enjoys and food as a reward should be avoided. Punishment is for the therapist to ignore the negative behavior. Doing so the behavior fades as the child realizes that no attention is being given.

In addition to being trained in ABA for seven years, I have worked as a nurse in mental health. I have worked with children, adolescents, adults and geriatric patients many of which had more than one disorders. These patients often had underlying child-hood developmental disabilities that went untreated and then with age more serious mental health disorders developed as a result of genetics.

Anatomy

I have practiced as a Licensed Practical Nurse for the state of New Jersey since my graduation in 1985. Throughout my college experience I have taken many courses in Anatomy that was required to achieve my degree.

My first experience taking an Anatomy course was during the two years I attended Nursing School (83-85) giving me a Diploma in nursing.

My next exposure was when I enrolled in a community college thinking that I wanted to get a degree in nursing and took an Anatomy II course at a community college level during the spring of 1989.

Lastly, I enrolled in Mercy College in NY and took Human Anatomy with Cadaver while going for my Bachelors in Health Sciences in spring 1998.

Most of my education revolved around taking courses in Human Anatomy I feel that my experience as a nurse would qualify me to effectively tutor in this subject.

Autism

While attending college for my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology I took on an offer to tutor a five year old boy having been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. I was trained by his coordinator how to use Applied Behavioral Analysis Therapy to work with children having developmental disabilities.

Since receiving my training in June 1997, I have used this tool with both those who are diagnosed with developmental disabilities, and those who are just challenging students to tutor.

Biology

I am a Licensed Practical Nurse with many years in the field and am currently unemployed so giving you the hours you need should not be problematic. To gain my license to practice as a nurse in NJ A&P and Biology were two of the courses I had to take and pass.

Dyslexia

In June 1997 I received a certification in Applied Behavioral Therapy to be able to work with children having developmental disabilites i.e. Autism, ADHD, Dyslexia, Down's Syndrome and like disorders.

The child that I had experience in tutoring was age 10 and it was evident that he was struggling with words as in his head he would view them in reverse.

I wanted to help him to read out loud in his classes with confidence. I had him pick out a book that he had an interest in and had him read to me and when he come across a word that he struggled with I would have him sound it out and try to recite it and would only help if he really needed help.

Having worked as a nurse with children having developmental disorders it has been my experience that most children having Dyslexia are often not diagnosed until later in life when they were often viewed as being lazy or not interested.

Elementary (K-6th)

My personal experience has been with tutoring children as early on as age five. When tutoring the very young child I will often use propts as I have found out over the years that I have tutored young children that many have a tendency to be visual learners. The children I have tutored have often done very well with their studies as I always try to make learning fun for all my students.

My personal experience with tutoring the older student is to engage them in the decision making process to build on their independent skills. In my experience doing so has built a stronger relationship between myself and those I have tutored.

Lastly, I have the patience and the skills to work with children with developmental disabilities. For these children having I have found it to be useful to have the parent speak with the child's teacher and then we talk so that I can develop a teaching plan on know how to approach the areas that need greatest attention. I am trained in Applied Behavioral Analysis Therapy (ABA) which is a great tool to use with children having developmental disabilities.

Elementary Math

I am a college graduate and have three college degrees. I am currently unemployed and seeking work so I signed up with WyzAnt tutoring. I believe that teaching math to very young children it must consist of both visual and mental to be successful. I often will use props to make learning more interesting and fun for the child.

Microsoft Outlook

My experience in using Microsoft Outlook started in 1970 when I worked as a Senior Word Processor for the NJ’s Department of Environmental Protection. Microsoft Outlook is a basic word processing software package that consists of tools to do e-mail, manage calendars and schedules and in the preparation of documents.

Later when I started college I found the tools included in Microsoft Outlook to help me maintain the organization of assignment due dates and test dates. Using the tools offered in this software package was very helpful throughout all my years spent in college.

I never had any formal tutoring in the use of Microsoft Outlook. I basically took time and investigated the various tools available and read the explanations in the “Help” section to gain a better understanding on how to use these special tools and over a period of time I became more and more comfortable of its use. Basically, I taught myself to use Microsoft Outlook.

Microsoft PowerPoint

My first exposure to Microsoft PowerPoint was when I was in college I found it to be a fun and interesting program and basically taught myself how to make programs using animation in Microsoft PowerPoint. If you would like to learn how to use PowerPoint I would be willing to help you.

Microsoft Word

I am not your average computer geek. I am a self-taught computer user. I spent many years in practicing how to use the various programs. I basically took my skills of typing and word processing and used those skills to help myself learn Microsoft Word.

Nursing

I am a licensed practical nurse having many years experience in the field of nursing. I can tutor nursing courses and psychology. If you are having problems with any of your nursing courses or need help with term papers I would like to help you succeed.

Nutrition

In my 27 years practicing as a Licensed Practical Nurse, I have been faced with patients having diabetes and other types of GI disorders that required a special diet to be followed. Many of my patients did not have a good understanding of their conditions and how diet affected their overall health and well-being.

In college as well as in my vocational studies to become a LPN, I had taken a few nutrition courses, which ultimately served as being helpful in my professional and personal life. In both of these
courses I received a grade of "B".

Recently to help with weight loss, I underwent gastric banding which requires me to be aware of nutritional values as with bariatric surgery getting at least 70 grams of protein daily is important in the prevention of muscle wasting. Since having this surgical procedure I am now finding myself applying the nutrition information I learned in taking these classes to maintain good health while undergoing the physical changes in my body.

Physiology

I have practiced as a licensed practical nurse for the state of New Jersey for many years since my graduation in 1985. Throughout my college experience I have taken many courses in physiology that were required to achieve my degree.

Psychology

I am a licensed practical nurse with many years in the field. I have a bachelor of arts in psychology from Kean University in Union NJ and have worked for many years as a psychiatric nurse in various healthcare institutions. If you need a tutor for your studies in psychology I can help you succeed.

Public Speaking

While attending community college I took a course called "Human Communication." In this course we were required to listen to a person giving a public speech and to write a paper evaluating it. I did mine on a speech that was given on television by the President of the United States. I received a grade of "B" for this course.

Since taking that course I have had many opportunities to utilize what I learned. One such opportunity was in having to give a lecture to my peers and professors on the cause of urinary incontinence and the various tools and therapies used to correct this problem faced by many women, especially those having had children.

The last time I used the things I learned in that public speaking course was when I was chosen to present my Master's Thesis in graduate school. I have personally found it to be an advantage when speaking publically to find a spot that is above the heads of your audience and to focus on that. This is helpful in elevating the nervousness often experienced when public speaking.

Reading

I believe that tutoring a child in reading has to be fun and interesting. If the child does not like what they are reading they are less likely to want to read.

Regarding math I have found that many children learn quicker if I use objects that they can see and touch. Math tutoring at this age should have both mental and physical properties.

Learning at a young age needs to be fun and interesting I am qualified to motivate children to want to learn.

Sociology

My educational background that qualifies me to be a tutor of sociology includes having taken sociology in college in which I earned a grade of "B" in 1987. Then in 2001 I took a course in the comprehension for social and behavioral sciences in which I earned a grade of "A".

My ability to tutor sociology has its roots in my ability to understand human behavior. As a trained therapist in Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA)I offer my services to working with adults and children helping them to be aware and understand the complex ethical issues involved in many social problems they may be faced with in life.

I was just recently offered a part-time job in teaching Sociology starting August in an adult academic test preparation course that prepares adult students to take tests that will earn them college credits towards their degree in nursing.

Special Needs

I have always had a desire to work with those who were less fortunate due to having developmental disabilities. I worked with several adults and children having special needs due to having the diagnosis of Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Down's Syndrome etc.

Additionally, I worked for two years in a school for children with special needs in which I shadowed a child having Autism Spectrum Disorder, making sure he stayed focused, and assisted the teacher with the other students.

Spelling

I am a college graduate and have three degrees. To achieve these degrees I had to write many term papers in which spelling and proper grammar were important to presenting papers that were written well. If you are struggling with spelling, I would like to extend my services to you to help you succeed.

Study Skills

I encourage students as early as in the fourth grade in the use of a pocket-sized calendar with large date blocks. This way they can write down their assignments and any upcoming test dates.

The place a student does his/her homework or studying should be comfortable, be equipped with sufficient lighting, quiet and free of any distractions.

One method I have used to improve study skills is the SQ3R Method developed by Travis Robinson. This mnemonic stands for Survey, Question, Read, Recite and Review. This method has been proven to improve both comprehension and grades.

Writing

Writing is of most importance especially to the college student. Good writing skills are often developed at a young age. If you are having any trouble with getting you written message out I can help you with your writing skills.

During my many years in college in gaining my three college degrees I have had to write many term papers, so if you would like to improve your writing skills I can be of help. If you are struggling with writing due to it being your second language I am willing to help you and you should be commended for you willingness to learn.

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Education

Mercy College & Kean University (Bachelor's)

Kaplan University (Master's)

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $40.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

My rate is based on my education and my willingness to travel 25 minutes to your home, however for the very young child (under age 10) and the special needs child my hourly rate would be $30.00.

Travel policy

Mary will travel within 25 miles of Wallington, NJ 07057.

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