Earlham College - Richmond, IN (Human Relations - Bachelor of Arts)
Gaullaudet University (Graduate Coursework)
Schools around the country are increasingly concerned that students be reading at grade level by the end of third grade. Some schools require that children who have not reached this goal be held back a year or complete other special programs. If your early elementary child or even preschool child does not seem to be making the progress he or she should to be on track by the end of third grade, I have a unique approach that just may be the boost your child needs.
I have both a love of children and a love of teaching. I have taught in preschool and daycare centers, and have worked in elementary schools as an educational assistant and in middle school as a Cued Speech translitorator (interpreter). Cued Speech is the specialized skill I have which helps many children who are struggling integrate the different aspects of language and reading successfully. It is a system of communication based on phonics which uses hand shapes and locations around the mouth to make sounds and words visible. While it was designed to be used with hearing-impaired/deaf individuals starting at birth, it can also be used with hearing people with language difficulties. The reason it can be helpful to hearing people with certain difficulties is that it is a different way of linking visual, auditory, and kinesthetic information about sounds, words, and language. I learned to cue many years ago from the man who invented Cued Speech - R. Orin Cornett - and worked with him at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C. for four years. I've worked with Cued Speech in many settings for many years. I would be happy to show you face to face how it works.
In addition to working with hearing-impaired children and adults, I have worked with children with ADHD, Asperger's Syndrome, and autism. It is my goal to help each person succeed to the best of their ability, and I feel it is important not to assume goals cannot be met. I am creative in finding ways of learning that work for children, and I have been told that I am patient.
I am willing to work in your home if that is most convenient for you, provided that there is a quiet, distraction free area to do so, or we can work in the Ames Public Library. I am flexible about scheduling and have set a 4-hour cancellation policy, in the event of last-minute illness, but would appreciate at least 24 hours advance notice when possible. I enjoy tutoring and would hope that those I tutor will find the sessions enjoyable once they see that they can make good progress on the goals we set. I look forward to the opportunity to meet with you! Schools around the country are increasingly concerned that students be reading at grade level by the end of third grade. Some schools require that children who have not reached this goal be held back a year or complete other special programs. If your early elementary child or even preschool child does not seem to be making the progress he or she
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