Children with learning difficulties or SLD will require extra tutoring or coaching at some point in their education. This is particularly the case if they have reached Year 2 and are still well behind their peers with literacy. Older children with ADHD or SLD can benefit from coaching with executive function skills.
No barrier for time and space. Have the flexibility to get tutoring before, during or after school hours. Options for Sounds-Write reading and spelling tutoring, or The Writing Revolution writing tutoring.
Children with ADHD have trouble with executive functioning as part of this neurodevelopmental disorder. SLD often brings working memory and processing difficulties. Coaching in planning, time management and other executive function skills can help older children and adults.
Unfortunately, this option is currently unavailable for 2023.
After a thorough literacy assessment and/or examination of any educational psychologist, speech pathologist or school reports/learning plans, a term program is individually created to meet the needs of the child. For literacy, this is a systematic, synthetic phonics/linguistic program using Sounds-Write with a multisensory approach. For numeracy, this is a multisensory approach with conceptual understanding at the earliest point of confusion or gaps... No rote memorisation of facts or procedures!
The tutoring is most effective in partnership with the child's school. This includes sharing the learning focus with the child's teacher. We also offer to collaborate with the teacher/s to integrate the learning sequence and supports into the classroom. Our approach optimises the child's learning experience.
Research into effective literacy intervention recommends four to five short sessions per week for up to 20 weeks. While we are unable to provide this level of sessions for each student, by integrating the program with the school and offering activities, games or on-line learning at home allows for the concepts to be reinforced and build automaticity. (This is optional to suit the needs of the family.)
Most tutoring is 30 minutes per week, before or after school on line. Some younger children benefit from more intensive tutoring of 20 minutes twice a week. While this might not seem much, most children with learning difficulties get fatigued or reach their cognitive load between 15 - 30 mins. Pushing children beyond this, without a break, is less beneficial for them. Since the tutoring is supported at home with activities and games, my sessions provide the direct, explicit instruction aspect, with modelling and guided practice, which is then reinforced again after the session at home. The rate is $80/hour.
Based on the direct and explicit instruction of The Writing Revolution program, this tutoring is for children who have developed their letter-sound correspondences, decoding and spelling to a level that they can participate in class with accommodations. Once these foundations are solid enough, time can be taken to develop skills with sentences, paragraphs, organising ideas with graphic organisers, and developing multi-paragraph writing.
Writing tutoring involves:
The best way to help at home is to use graphic organisers and The Writing Revolution templates for your child's own assignments and reports.
The rate is $80/hour for 30-45 minutes per week.
Children with SLD, ADHD or ASD can have challenges with their executive function skills. This is the part of the brain that is inhibited with ADHD. Executive functioning include;
After making an initial enquiry via the Google Form link above, executive function coaching involves a parent questionnaire (and a student one for older children) to help identify areas of strength and weakness. This information, along with any educational psychologist assessments, are considered to cover in weekly sessions to improve awareness of these skills and practical application for school and home. It is most beneficial for upper primary or high school when the child is keen to succeed and become more independent with their school work. It can be likened to study skills, however, executive function coaching helps the child to understand themselves and how to work best with their weaknesses and strengths.
The best way to support executive function skills at home is to be aware of student led goals with each skill and actively providing any necessary resources or help. For example, your child might work best with a diary or a term planner on the fridge. Helping to source such items and refer to them weekly will be beneficial.
The executive function skills program goes for 20 weeks and is completed over two terms, usually a semester. The rate is $80/hr with one 30-60 minute session per week. However, group sessions have a discounted rate, so please ask when you enquire.