I currently work in a Life Skills classroom that consist of 12 student, 7 are autistic. I am well aware of their behavioral tendencies, need for consistency and patterns as well as sensitivities to some sounds, touch, and specific stimuli. A very structured, focused, motivation driven and visual oriented plan is needed for students with autism.
I have over three years experience working with students who have been diagnosed with dyslexia, dysgraphia, as well as ADHD. These are the ideals I put into practice as I teach and develop a system of learning for a student with these struggles.
I have over 36 undergraduate and graduate hours in elementary education including reading, math, special education and science. I implement many strategies that help students better understand the benchmarks required in each grade level. For instance, I use a collage strategy to help students build vocabulary and knowledge of letter sounds. Manipulatives are used to build mathematical foundation through hands-on activities. Experiments exploring motion and force create a great early introduction into Science. Each of these methods create a atmosphere that allows my students to begin their school year with confidence.
As an English major I studied Multi-Ethnic American Literature, Children's Literature, African-American Literature, Adolescent Literature and American Novels After WWI. During my studies I analyzed the work of authors such as Julia Alvarez, F. Scott Fitzgerald and W.E.B Dubois. Much of my analytical skills was built through discussion, writing and defining the difficult portions of texts. Each of these skills can be fostered through time spent reading various works.
Phonics is the foundation of words and words are the foundation of reading. At the core of phonics students are able to notice, differentiate, and manipulate sounds — from sounds of words to sounds of individual phonemes. Phonemes are the smallest units of sounds in a word. Students will learn consonant, short vowels, word families and blends to name a few.
Reading Comprehension (also known as Critical Reading) questions test your ability to understand a passage and answer questions on the basis of what is stated and implied in the passage. Identifying the main idea of the passage and appreciate features such as the author's tone and attitude as well as the organization of the passage is the goal and strategy used in tutoring.
Passages on the SAT vary in length from short paragraphs that take 3 minutes to read and answer two questions, to ones that take 15 minutes to read and answer 13 questions. The tips I use allow you to pace and use time to your advantage.
As a graduate student of Special Education, I was educated about disabilities such as autism, dyslexia, Aspergers and Downs Syndrome. As a teacher's aide during my graduate studies, I assisted and taught students with blindness, autism and deafness. I was able to use various strategies to help these students read and prepare for the state standard exam.
As a notetaker for disability services as an undergrad, I learned that notetaking was almost an art. It requires knowledge of shorthand and identifying what's important. As someone with dyslexia, I have perfected scanning, skim and annotation as a part of reading. These are only a few things, of many, I know about study skills. I will tailor a plan from environment setting to strategy for your study needs.