What Makes Us Special
One-on-one… So your child gets the attention he or she deserves!
We are dedicated to improving the lives of children, and our strength is doing it one child at a time. At Specialty Tutoring, the hour belongs to your child, who will always work one-on-one with the same learning specialist. This promotes continuity, establishes rapport, and encourages maximum effort from your child.
Individualized… No two children’s sessions look alike!
We prepare your child’s individualized learning plan based on the initial evaluation, your valuable input, and any teacher or doctor information provided. This allows us to focus all of the session time directly on your child’s specific needs in order to have the most meaningful impact on performance. Each interactive hour is carefully planned based on the previous sessions, allowing your child to progress at a pace that is just right for her or him.
Cognitive Learning Skills… Essential for all learning!
Many tutoring companies focus on homework tutoring, but at Specialty Tutoring we focus on getting to the root of a learning difficulty by strengthening crucial underlying cognitive learning skills. These are the processing skills needed to take in information, analyze, and remember it efficiently. Without these skills, learning can be time-consuming, laborious, and frustrating. Cognitive learning skills are needed for such a wide variety of tasks, such as reading, listening, visualizing, comprehending, remembering, prioritizing, planning, and problem solving.
Your child’s learning specialist will tailor each tutoring session to include work on strengthening the cognitive learning skills which are most directly related to the curriculum area(s) of focus and are below expected age or grade level on your child’s initial evaluation.
These may include:
Visual processing speed
Visual attention and focus
Auditory attention and focus
Logic and problem solving
Seeing and applying patterns
Nonverbal reasoning and analogies
Language Processing Skills:
Expressive and receptive language processing
Organizing written and verbal information for retrieval
Humans learn through adaptation. Kids start off in life with the most basic processing skills and gradually work their way up to more complex skills by applying current skills to new ones. This is the cognitive process. Since each new skill learned builds upon a lower one, any deficient skills will affect future skills. The good news is that research has shown that increasingly complex skills are more learned than innate and have the potential to improve through training. How exciting for your child to transfer these skills to academic tasks and gain a sense of control over his or her performance!
It’s also exciting for us because this is where our passion and expertise comes into play. We can help a child who does not have the needed skills to read a paragraph, grasp a math concept, or recall the main idea of a story. We can provide a child with specialized strategies to gather the information, analyze it, and communicate it. We can make a child consciously aware of the best way to listen, visualize, focus, attend, and remember. With practice, these new, efficient skills will become automatic, and the old, counter-productive behaviors will be phased out. With these valuable skills strengthened, kids learn more productively and attitudes toward learning improve!
For a wonderful visual analogy to describe the cognitive process and how cognitive skills affect learning, click here.
Programs… Effective, proven, and research-based!
At Specialty Tutoring we use a wide variety of programs created for kids who may learn differently, including research-based programs effective in addressing:
- Attention Deficit Disorder (ADHD)
- Auditory Processing Disorder
- Language Processing Disorders
Programs used during the sessions are determined by the curriculum areas chosen at the initial evaluation to be targeted for instruction.
Learning Specialists… Dedicated and trained to help your child succeed!
We are blessed with a committed team of caring people who have accumulated 95 combined years of experience at Specialty Tutoring. Our learning specialists are qualified and invested. They…
- Have typically completed at least a 4-year college degree
- Have prior experience motivating and instructing children
- Receive extensive initial program training and ongoing professional development and mentoring
- Create targeted lesson plans for each session based on a child’s prior performance in order to truly individualize each child’s program
- Form a positive working relationship with the child and the family
Interactive & Efficient Methods… To engage and motivate!
Our goal is to make significant improvements in a child’s learning skills through a series of tasks with specific, individualized objectives. The tasks are related and make repetitive demands on a deficient skill, progressively increasing in difficulty. New skills are practiced and reinforced in a variety of sensory modalities in order to produce habitual and automatic skill mastery and a high level of retention.
Kids are more likely to adopt a positive attitude about learning if they are having fun while doing it! We incorporate fun, interactive activities that don’t look or feel like “work” in order to keep kids energized and engaged.
We realize that kids learn at different paces and no two children are exactly alike; therefore, we pace our skill progression based on each child’s individual abilities. Sequenced activities begin at a comfortable level and gradually increase in difficulty to challenge the child. Positive feedback is given for correct responses, and questioning is used to immediately modify incorrect thinking. Points are given for work in the session and at home, which accumulate to earn small rewards.
Time is of the essence with our kids! We try to have a “sense of urgency” with regard to efficient use of tutoring time in order to make the most amount of progress in the shortest amount of time. This means that we will often choose activities that target more than one skill gap at a time. By producing rapid and recognizable changes, a child actually sees and feels improvement, and motivation and self-confidence soar.
Parent Involvement… Learn how to help your child at home!
At Specialty Tutoring we know that you are your child’s biggest ally and advocate! We strive to involve parents in all that we do. This is cost-effective and helps transfer learned skills to the child’s everyday activities. We encourage parents to come in at the end of each session so questions can be answered and progress discussed. Practice work is sent home to be done between tutoring sessions as an effective way to reinforce skills. Parents may also sign a release form at the onset of tutoring, allowing us to open the door of communication with the child’s teacher. We want the child to feel a sense of security and pride, knowing that we are all a team in this together!
Improved Self-Esteem… Serious learning with a smile!
Many of our kids come to us feeling defeated. They have lost their motivation to try since so very often it ends in frustration for them. Learning, for them, has become a source of stress.
Our passion is giving kids opportunities for success while helping them figure out how to learn.
Each child who walks out of our door leaves with a tailored set of tools. It’s NOT a one size fits all kind of toolbox, but unique to each child. Contained in this toolbox are tools and strategies that help to reduce fear of failure and dependency on others and help to increase willingness to take on challenging tasks. Armed with these tools, kids gain a renewed belief in themselves, and they discover that it’s actually fun and exciting to learn. This changed attitude transfers over into all aspects of their lives. And THAT’S something to smile about!!