My love for teaching students with learning disabilities began 20+ years ago when my own son was diagnosed with ADHD. Not much was known back then about this condition and in my country, the Netherlands, children were put in special schools. When I moved to the US in 1996 I began to work with my son with the help of an occupational therapist. Very soon I decided that I needed to get a degree in Psychology in child and adolescent development and in Special Education and I began teaching at a Private School. I graduated summa cum laude and have my masters degree in Education with emphasis on special education. I took classes in Autism, differentiated instruction and behavior modification. I know first hand what it means to feel isolated as a parent and have others stare at me with disapproval because of my child's behavior. I know what it takes to 'stay on my child' and make sure that he does not forget his work, completes it and turns it in. I know what it means to deal with the frustration and desperation that comes with raising a child who struggles.
In my 8+ years of teaching students with learning disabilities I have successfully helped many children find their pathway for learning and rediscover the love for reading. My tutoring methods focus on helping students complete and understand their homework, reteach concepts and teaching study skills. In addition I assess for developmental deficits and I use an Orton Gilligham reading and spelling program for students with Dyslexia. I also work with students who have dysgraphia and dyscalcula and I use specific methods for teaching foundational arithmetic.
My youngest student is 3 years old and my oldest student is 52 years old. Students love coming to my tutoring classes because I keep them interested with a variety of activities that enhance attention, coordination and memory. My primary objective is to make my students feel safe and I give them activities in which they can be successful at least 70% of the time, in order to built self-esteem and confidence. I show them that they, in fact, can learn, and they can do well. Grasping that hope is often enough to set learning in motion and many students obtain the skills to read at grade level.
Every one of my students who come through my door is unique and not two are alike. I enjoy finding their individual strengths and expand on using their skills in how they learn. We also practice for STAAR and I show the students strategies how to tackle the text and comprehend what they are reading. I have found that all to often fear and failure go hand in hand. Giving my students tools to succeed is often the key to confidence, improving skill and bringing up the grades.
When it comes to canceling lessons I try to be flexible. I have a 24 hour cancellation policy and I try to reschedule make up lessons for the same week.
I am looking forward to work with you and find your child's pathway to learning and success. Please contact me for a free introductory meeting in which we can discuss your goals.
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