Students with learning disabilities or special needs are often at risk of doing poorly in school. Usually this is because they aren’t receiving the attention or extra help they need in order for them to succeed. As a parent, it’s important to regularly assess if your child is making progress and look out for signs if you think they’re struggling. This can be in a particular subject or not being able to keep up with what’s being taught in lessons. If this is the case it might be time to consider private tutoring to give your child the help they need so they can excel academically. Here’s when to start considering one-to-one tutoring for special needs students.
Your child is struggling to keep up
It’s not uncommon for special needs students to not keep up with their class. Listening, understanding different concepts and coping with the pace of class activities may be a big hurdle. If your child’s teacher recognises this or your child mentions they’re having trouble, it might be time to consider getting some extra help. A private tutor will be able to review class materials, explain different concepts until they fully understand them and use alternative teaching methods, all at your child’s pace. It’s also a great idea to see if you can talk to the school and find out in advance what upcoming lessons will involve. Giving this to your tutor means they can prepare your child ahead of time so they get a head start.
Your child’s study skills are lacking
For older students with learning disabilities or special needs it’s not uncommon for them to have difficulty developing the study skills needed for exams and revision. If you notice your child is getting anxious or stressed around exams or aren’t getting the grades they expected to, it might be time to consider getting a private tutor. Having additional attention with a tutor will allow them to identify your child’s learning style, strengths and weaknesses. From there a private tutor can employ specific techniques and teach students study techniques in a way that reinforces their strengths. Not only will they be better prepared for tests, by learning effective test strategies and having adequate time to prepare, your child will be able to perform well and achieve the grades they deserve.
Extra homework help would go a long way
Students with learning disabilities can get easily frustrated when working on homework assignments. Often frustration will lead to them losing interest in schoolwork and leave them feeling demotivated. If you notice this behaviour in your child, a private tutor will be able to help. Not only will they keep students motivated through positive encouragement, a tutor will also use the right techniques to help them tackle the assignment in an alternative way. It also gives your child additional time with a qualified tutor to ask all the questions they need to and explain the areas they’re finding the hardest.
Lacking confidence at school
If you notice your child is demotivated or has a negative attitude towards school, it may be because they’re lacking confidence. The personal attention a student with learning disabilities receives from a tutor will do wonders for their self-esteem and will also improve their psychological and physical wellbeing. A tutor will work with your child to help them identify and understand their strengths and unique personality, providing them with a more positive sense of self. This deeper understanding also develops through learning and students seeing how they can thrive with a little extra tutoring time and a slightly different approach.
How Tutor Doctor can help
With Tutor Doctor, students with special needs immediately benefit from our approach. We customise all of our programmes to fit the learning style and academic needs of the student. Our greatest strength lies in the individual attention we are able to devote to your student from the comfort and familiarity of his or her own home.
The specialists we work with tutor children with:
- ADD / ADHD
- Asperger’s Syndrome
- Non-Verbal Learning Disabilities
- Auditory & Visual Processing Disorders
- Other Learning Challenges
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