Thursday, March 20, 2014

Our Tutoring Schedule

I have learned the hard way, how important it is to be aware of a child's strengths and weaknesses. Through research and testing principles in my own life, I have come to find a few systems that work for us for now.

One of the systems has to do with one of my children who has a few attention problems. Though he has many, many strengths, it is obvious that he needs a system that has a bit more parental involvement.

One of the reasons for this is that many times a child with ADD will have other learning disabilities because the part of the brain that processes all of the executive functioning is weak. The processes in this part of the brain include working memory, planning, prioritizing, organizing, time management, and metacognition. Other weaknesses might be response inhibition, emotional control, attention, persistence, or flexibility. Someone with ADD can suffer from any number of these weaknesses. This makes it really difficult for a child with ADD to begin learning tasks, stay with these tasks, remember what he or she has learned, or complete the task within a reasonable time frame, among other things.

All of that to say, we've started tutoring in our home for my child who has some of these executive functioning weaknesses and needs the extra help in reading, writing, arithmetic, and spelling. As consistency and repetition is important for a child with executive functioning weakness, we've created a daily schedule that lists what we need to work on and for how much time.

We have also limited other activities after school so that this can be a priority and so that he can have time to just be a kid. I highly recommend creating a tutoring schedule for you and your child if you find yourself in the same boat! Here's a sample of our schedule in case you would like a peek into what is working for us!

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