Tutoring for Special Learning Needs
At The Reading Clinic, we’re not invested in the labels used to describe the children we work with. Our students are unique individuals with their own set of strengths and weaknesses, motivations and turn-offs, and intelligences.
We work with kids who have learning disabilities, special learning needs, learning differences, struggles, challenges and gifts.
We support all of these learners by identifying the areas most in need of support and use multi-sensory, research based methodologies in a 1-to-1 dialogue based setting to strengthen areas of weakness.
- Multisensory – we integrate the visual, auditory and kinesthetic modes of learning whenever possible. Most people have a particular preference towards one of these modalities but it is important that they function together when working on developing foundational skills.
- Research Based – We draw from a wide variety of researched based programs that have been shown to be effective for students with learning disabilities. We use these programs to create a tailored solution and then monitor a student’s progress very closely. We also solicit feedback from parents regularly regarding their child’s attitude and signs of growth. The results are measurable, significant and most importantly, last a lifetime.
- 1-to-1 – For some students, the setting is the difference. They may have difficulty focusing in a group setting, or such wide gap in strengths and weaknesses that a tailored program is the only solution.
- Dialogue based – We are effective because we find out what a student is thinking, how they are thinking about it, and why they are thinking about it that way. We provide immediate, supportive feedback that helps a student learn to correct themselves.
We take into account a student’s special learning style and use it to help strengthen weaker areas. We do not teach to a strength, however, because often time it’s the disparity between strengths that makes learning difficult. We help students access all three areas.
A visual learner prefers to see pictures and diagrams, and responds easily to visual cues like color coding and graphic organizers. They have an easier time remembering what is written down.
An auditory learner learns by listening. They process information without needing to write it down. Auditory learners often talk to themselves or move their lips when they read.
A kinesthetic learner learns best through touching and moving. They may doodle or fidget to maintain attention. Activities with tactile sensory input, like tracing in sand, and gesturing help engage the need for movement.