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Dwight K.

Strengths-Based Learning Specialist with Ten Years of Experience

Strengths-Based Learning Specialist with Ten Years of Experience

$50/hour

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Bio

Hello, my name is Dwight! I am an experienced tutor and learning coach who loves helping both children and adults unlock their potential. I enjoy working with school-age children, college students, working adults, and those making career transitions. The majority of my teaching and tutoring experience has been with individuals with learning disabilities (dyslexia, ADHD, NVLD) and my overall teaching approach has been greatly influenced by working with these clients. I also have experience in...

Hello, my name is Dwight! I am an experienced tutor and learning coach who loves helping both children and adults unlock their potential. I enjoy working with school-age children, college students, working adults, and those making career transitions. The majority of my teaching and tutoring experience has been with individuals with learning disabilities (dyslexia, ADHD, NVLD) and my overall teaching approach has been greatly influenced by working with these clients. I also have experience in helping individuals who face learning challenges related to autism, mental health disorders, and unusual educational histories. Many of the clients I work with do not have disabilities or special needs at all, but appreciate the individualized, solution-oriented, and strengths-based approach that I utilize.

In my experience, many tutors focus too narrowly on skill deficits instead of tapping into the many strengths and motivations of their clients. I try never to do this. Rather, I help each of my clients develop an individualized learning program that is drawn from their specific goals, motivations, and learning profiles. This plan guides our work together and becomes a model that my students can take with them as they become increasingly independent learners. Using this approach, I have helped elementary-age students through adults to improve their writing, vocabulary, reading comprehension, executive function, and achievement. I also support my clients in learning how to talk to their teachers, professors, and/or supervisors about their learning needs and, if applicable, self-advocate for accommodations and services.

My professional background includes tutoring elementary and secondary students in reading, writing, and phonics in several settings in both the United States and the United Kingdom, including the Saturday School of the Oxford Dyslexia Association (UK). I received training in the Orton-Gillingham instructional approach as a staff member at Rocky Mountain Camp for Dyslexic Kids in Colorado under the supervision of master special educator Joyce Bilgrave. Most recently, I worked for four years as a disability services and student support professional in New York City, where I provided individualized needs assessments and learning support to a wide range of undergraduate and graduate students with disabilities. I am currently pursuing my own graduate education in social work.


Education

B.A. Sarah Lawrence College
Disability Studies, Psychology, Art
Oxford University
Other
University of Michigan
Masters

Policies

  • Hourly Rate: $50
  • Rate details: I will consider offering a sliding-scale to those who can't afford my regular rate. Students who join lessons late or end them early will be billed for their originally-scheduled lesson duration.
  • Lesson cancellation: 24 hours notice required
  • No background check

  • Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

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Subjects

Elementary Education

Reading, Study Skills, Vocabulary

English

English, Literature, Reading, Vocabulary, Writing

History

American History, Social Studies

Homeschool

English, Reading, Study Skills, Writing

Most Popular

English, Reading, Study Skills, Writing

Other

Study Skills

Science

Social Work,

Social Work

I am currently a Master of Social Work (MSW) graduate student at the University of Michigan. As an undergraduate, I studied psychology and disability studies and also took courses in health advocacy. I am well prepared to tutor undergraduates studying social work or related coursework in human services, psychology, sociology, or elsewhere in the social sciences and/or to assist MSW students seeking support with their foundation-level coursework.
Psychology

Special Needs

ADHD,

ADHD

I have worked with individuals with ADHD and other learning disabilities since 2009. My experience includes working as a tutor and specialist teacher for elementary and secondary students and as a disability access specialist for college-age students and adults. I have completed coursework on neurodevelopmental disorders and related topics and regularly attend professional development in this area. My approach is both grounded in a firm understanding of the neurocognitive mechanisms of attentional and learning challenges and tailored to the specific strengths, needs, and motivations of my individual clients.
Dyslexia,

Dyslexia

Both personal and professional experience inform my work with individuals who have dyslexia. I was diagnosed with dyslexia when I was seven years old and I spent much of my primary and secondary education discovering what this really meant and how to navigate it. During these years, I often felt caught in a paradox: My special education teachers tended to focus almost exclusively on my skill deficits in ways that did not account for my strengths or overall learning progress. My regular education teachers, on the other hand, validated my potential and encouraged my love of learning, but were often at a loss about how to address my dyslexia-related needs. I desperately wanted a holistic approach that could bridge these two worlds. Through trial and error, I ultimately developed a combination of compensatory learning strategies, self-advocacy skills, and assistive technology tools that facilitated my academic success while also fostering a positive identity around my dyslexia. In college, I went on to study learning disabilities (LDs) in-depth while also gaining experience in helping others diagnosed with these conditions. Through this work, I became very familiar with the major theories of dyslexia, its neurobiological basis, and how the condition impacts on learning throughout the lifespan. I received training in the Orton-Gillingham instructional approach as a staff member at Rocky Mountain Camp for Dyslexic Kids in Colorado under the supervision of master special educator Joyce Bilgrave. I later tutored elementary and secondary children with dyslexia in the United Kingdom with SchoolsPlus and the Oxford Dyslexia Association. Most recently, I spent four years as a disability specialist at the City University of New York, where I served college students with dyslexia and other LDs. Dyslexia can cause difficulties across many aspects of learning, and these challenges often manifest differently as individuals progress through each stage of their education and into adulthood. Therefore, my first priority is to understand the specific learning challenges my client’s with dyslexia are currently facing and how these relate to their short and long-term goals. A tutoring plan is then developed around these goals, using information from a client’s learning profile to determine the skills that need to be worked on. My tutoring approach integrates targeted skill development with instruction in how to harness strengths, adaptive learning approaches, and other resources. In general, I have found that it is much more important to ensure that individuals with dyslexia achieve functional literacy through the development of overall learning competencies, rather than focusing solely on discrete skills like spelling and phonics. Far too many dyslexia tutors overly stress these basic literacy skills despite the fact that, especially for older children and adults, higher-order skills like writing, reading comprehension, and knowledge application are much more important to success in school and the workplace. This is especially the case given the wide availability of computer-based assistive technologies like spell check and text-to-speech.
Special Needs,

Special Needs

Since 2009, I have worked with individuals with a variety of disabilities and special educational needs. My experience includes serving as a tutor and specialist teacher for elementary and secondary students, working as a counselor at a special needs summer camp, and, most recently, working for four years as a disability access specialist at a university. I currently train college students to work as literacy tutors in elementary schools. I enjoy working with individuals who need special support or advocacy in their educational journeys, whether it is due to experiences with disabilities, unusual educational histories, or other special needs. My undergraduate concentration was in disability studies, psychology, and art and my graduate studies are in social work. In addition to my ongoing professional practice, I regularly seek professional development in the areas of special education and student support.
Study Skills

Summer

Reading, Study Skills, Writing

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Dwight K.

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