Tutoring With a Smile

A Positive, Multisensory Approach
for Students with Learning Differences

READING, WRITING  &  EXECUTIVE  FUNCTIONING

Elementary & Middle School 

 Lynn T. 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?  

 

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?  

 

Executive Functioning

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 child looks & feels like…

 

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 children look & feel like this… 

They don’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 –

     –  the cashier at Target

     –  Ms. fat-free, double espresso latte

     –  your sister-in-law

     – some woman buying avocados at Costco 

     – or your husband, if he’s still awake 

 

You need a listening ear to hear the frustration that’s churning inside you. 

You want a person who will hand you a tissue and give you a big hug.

Then they’ll say, “It must be so hard for you, but you are doing a great job.”

“It will be okay.  Tomorrow will be better.”

And what do you get instead ? 

Advice.

Advice.

Advice.

“My nephew had the same problem last year and …”

“You are never going to get anywhere without ….”

“March right down to that school and…”

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

Advice comes at you from everywhere, whether you’re looking for it or not, so it’s important to consider your sources and the quality of that advice.

Your situation is very difficult, and you are doing a wonderful job at it.     

You also know your child needs something more and you are here, on my website looking for ways to help them.  That’s what moms do. 

So….let me give you a little advice too.   LOL?! 

You may find my Little Book of BAD Advice extremely helpful.

Yes, it’s more advice, but it’s advice from an educator who’s been around.

It presents two sides of a story and it may offer a  point of view you hadn’t even considered. 

If you’re interested in hearing “the rest of the story” I have a free copy for you.

I’m pleased if I can be supportive and help you sort out good advice from bad.