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Spencer T.

Torrance, CA

$60/hour

Special needs tutor specializing in reading comprehension

In-person lessons

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Loyola Marymount University
USC M.A in Counseling
Enrolled

Education

Loyola Marymount University

USC M.A in Counseling (Enrolled)

About Spencer

My main area of expertise is in working with children with Autism. Specifically, I have found there to be a high need for academic tutoring with students who have either graduated their ABA program or have learned to manage their behaviors and are now able to focus more of their attention on "catching up" academically. I also provide academic support for students not able to learn in "traditional" ways and need certain processes explained and broken down explicitly instead of always being expected to "infer" the process. The two main area I have the most experience teaching is reading comprehension especially as it relates to children on the autism spectrum. There are unique needs and challenges children on the spectrum face when trying to comprehend what they read. I believe my previous experience, strategies and techniques over the years have helped to develop a great understanding and working knowledge of how to help my students learn.

In regards to my prior experience, I have worked as a behavioral therapist in both home and school settings. I have mainly worked with children who are higher functioning and verbal. I am familiar with ABA, but have found that older children benefit from a more flexible approach focusing on generalization and an integration of skills. I am thoroughly familiar with Lindamood-Bell and I am currently working on developing new strategies to teach comprehension including how to understand the "big picture" and be able to recognize a main idea, how to form inferences and "read between the lines" and how to analyze and synthesize information be understanding the relationships and associations between abstract concepts. I have been privately tutoring academically for 8+years and have worked in this field for almost 12 years. In addition to tutoring and academic support, I have also obtained a Master's Degree from USC in Marriage and Family Therapy.

My greatest strength is building rapport and using the child's interest to fuel and engage the tutoring sessions. I believe motivation and building a positive attitude toward learning is the fundamental key that will drive any student to success. I am completely confident that any student is capable of learning; it is simply a matter of finding the right approach and method that works for the unique learning style of each child. It is then my goal to find and convey a method of teaching and explaining that works for each individual student.

In addition to tutoring children with autism, I am also willing to tutor math and reading comprehension in general. While I am not particularly qualified to tutor calculus and college level type math. I still feel very comfortable teaching algebra, geometry and any elementary level math (fractions, long division, word problems etc.).

Finally, I am extremely passionate about music. I have played drums for 15 years (since I was 12- I am now 32). I have recorded and written my own material in a group and individual setting. I have mixed and mastered all of my own material and even the material of others. I would definitely be open to mix, record, drum and share all of musical experience and knowledge with anyone interested. I would also be willing to do this at a reduced rate considering I am not a true "expert" and also the fact that I simply love to create and talk music.

I look forward to meeting anyone interested. I am willing to provide any other information necessary and answer any other questions.

Thanks for your consideration.
My main area of expertise is in working with children with Autism. Specifically, I have found there to be a high need for academic tutoring with students who have either graduated their ABA program or have learned to manage their behaviors and are now able to focus more of their attention on Read more

Policies
Cancellation
4 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 25 miles of Torrance, CA 90505
In-person lessons
Math:
Algebra 1, Prealgebra
Music:
Drums
English:
Grammar, Reading, Vocabulary
Special Needs:
Autism
Elementary Education:
Grammar, Reading, Spelling, Study Skills,
Vocabulary

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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Autism

I currently hold a Master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and have 8 years of experience working as an ABA therapist. I have provided academic services to children diagnosed with autism for 6 years and have previous experience working for Lindamood-Bell Learning Processes. They specialize in providing reading services to children with special needs.

Drums

I have played the drums for 15 years (I started at age 12 and I am 27 now). I feel best suited to teach the basics and really how to play in a band and approach the instrument from a creative perspective. For those students who want to learn double bass and crazy technique, I am not the best candidate. However, if you are really interested in MUSIC and creativity, then I can definitely help you to explore drums as the medium to explore your creativity. I also love mixing, writing lyrics and songwriting. Also, I am into alternative music like a majority of the stuff on KCRW. I see myself as a musician and not just a drummer. It would be my goal to impart that approach to those looking for "lessons."

Study Skills

I have worked as a tutor for over 8 years. I focus on teaching learning strategies, organisational skills and how to prepare for tests. I have also completed a master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy using the study skills I teach my students.

Loyola Marymount University
USC M.A in Counseling
Enrolled

Education

Loyola Marymount University

USC M.A in Counseling (Enrolled)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $60.00

Cancellation: 4 hours notice required

Travel policy

Spencer will travel within 25 miles of Torrance, CA 90505.