Tutoring With a Smile

 

A Positive, Multisensory Approach
for Students with Learning Differences

 Elementary & Middle School 

 Lynn Wilson, M.Ed. Reading

Reading

Does your child avoid reading? 

Do they read slowly and trip over words you think they should know?

Do they understand what they read?  

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Writing

Is writing a challenge ?

  Does your child struggle to put thoughts down on paper?

Does your child just sit and stare at the paper?  

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Organization

Does your child struggle to keep track of a simple pencil?  Does homework get completed and never turned in?  Executive function is at play here.

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Is

Your Child

Struggling ??

A Struggling Student 

Looks & Feels Like This…

They are failing or almost failing.

You can hear the discouragement in their voice.  

Homework takes way too long.  

Their backpack is a disaster.

Some days they don’t even want to go to school.

They feel sick on days they have a test.

They struggled to learn the alphabet in kindergarten.

They were supposed to “catch up” in first grade, second grade…

They’re not catching up… they’re falling further behind.

They’re discouraged and putting in less effort.

You’ve been called in for yet another parent-teacher conference.

There is  a lot of tension in your house.

You know your child is embarrassed and hurting.

You don’t know how to help.

You feel  frustrated and helpless.

 

Thriving Student 

Looks & Feels Like This…

Your child doesn’t mind going to school.

They can find their backpack and their binder. 

They have the right page numbers written down for their math homework. 

Homework doesn’t take quite so long now.

Their grades are improving. 

You can see they feel good about the progress their making.

Having a good day can be normal.

They are gaining self-confidence.

You almost look forward to teacher conferences.

They are prepared to do assignments.

They haven’t left their lunch box or backpack at school. 

There is less tension is the house. 

Your child is on the right road and you feel a huge sense of relief.

Everyone smiles more often.

 

ADVICE, ADVICE and more ADVICE

Some days you just want to vent to anyone who will listen –

     to the mom in the car line behind you,

     to the woman with the fat-free, double espresso latte at Starbucks,

     to the perfectly toned trainer at the gym with the slim calves

     to the grandmotherly woman perusing the books at Costco

     … or to your husband if he looks like he’s still awake. 

 

We need a listening ear to hear the frustration that’s churning inside us. 

     We want a person who will hand us a tissue and give us a little hug.

     We want them to say, it must be so hard to be in this situation.

     We want to hear, “There, there. It will be okay.  Tomorrow will be better.”

 And what do we hear ? ? ?

     My nephew had the same problem last year and …

     You are never going to get anywhere without ….

     March right down to that school and…

Advice comes at you from everywhere, whether you’re looking for it or not. 

It’s enough to make you want to play “Ostrich,” and just stick your head in the sand.

So it’s important to consider the source and the quality of the advice.

Let me give you a little advice…LOL 

The Little Book of BAD ADVICE may be just what you need.

It presents two sides of the story. 

It’s advice you can trust, from an educator who’s been around.

If you’re interested click for details on how you can get a copy. 

The Little Book of BAD ADVICE may offer a point of view you hadn’t considered.