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Gretchen Wegner, academic coach extraordinare, has been a lifesaver for my daughter, M. When M. came to Gretchen for help she was a very intelligent but underachieving high school student with ADD and severe executive function disorder. Gretchen dug in and helped M. develop time manangement skills, study skills, as well as concrete academic skills. After high school, M. chose to attend a large college and we were so worried about her disappearing through the cracks. We asked Gretchen to help M. transition to college. Gretchen has skyped with M. once a week in college. She reviews M.'s school schedule and her extra curricular activities. She helps her plan her free time and her study time. Without Gretchen, M. would be floundering in college, while, with Gretchens' help, she is thriving. We are so proud of M.'s accomplishments, M. is proud of herself, and we owe a mountain of gratitude to Gretchen for her invaluable contribution to M.'s development. In addition, M. has enjoyed and appreciated every minute she has spent with Gretchen over these past few years. Visit Gretchen's website at www.gretchenwegner.com K.
I have been looking for a tutor for my 7 year old daughter, who is struggling with memory recall issues. We moved from abroad only a few months ago, English is her mother tongue but she learned to read and write, painfully slowly, with a lot of private tutoring in Hebrew. Since she can speak English, she is not eligible for ESL group in her school, and is not thriving. The teacher is concerned that she will have to be left back, and suggests that we consider enrolling her in a private school for children with learning disabilities (not mental incapacity), which, at the moment we cannot afford. We do not have a car yet, so I cannot bring her to Linda Mood-Bell or the other tutoring centres. We live in Albany and I need to find someone who can tutor her either at the Albany library or at our home. She is sweet, shy, loves school and loves to learn, but is getting frustrated and starting to believe that she just cannot do it. A sad mama. Sarah
Looking for an educational therapist or tutor with experience with these two conditions to help our son with writing. We are looking for some who is skilled and kind--a sense of humor would also be great. Thanks in advance. Anonymous
I'm looking for an educational therapist for my son who has ADHD & other learning issues. He needs help with organization, Spanish, and writing & editing. The Spanish speaking skill is critical for us. He does very well with people who have a relaxed style. Any suggestions are appreciated. Thanks!
I'm looking for a tutor that has experience with Dyslexia. My son is in second grade and is way beyond his grade level in math, so his issue is reading, writing and spelling. We live in Pinole but I'm willing to travel a bit for a tutor that can really help him. Also, if anyone has experience with getting help from the public school system in regards to dyslexia, that would be great. The school district seems reluctant to test him for that even though every teacher he's had has been trying to get him tested. It's very frustrating and private school is financially out of the question. Thank You. Anonymous
It would be good to have an IEP so that he has a SLD (specific learning disability). Dyslexia falls under this catagory.
Do you know what grade level he is reading at? They rarely want to tell you. Ask them for his sri scores, student reading inventory They do this 3x per year for the report card. If they do dibels then there is a specific report for parents, ask for that. Keep it all in writing.
Earlier the better, dont let them talk you into waiting. Its worse for your child. There is no such thing as a pop in development. Speak to the principal, ask for her/his help and if the reading specialist can help since your son is already behind. Dont let him be pulled out during core , math and english, writing, as that causes more falling behind. Some skills offer programs before school. Ask the reading specialist.
Scottish Rite offers interventions, ucsf offers assessments, also ucb. Intervention asap is the way to go. Make sure its specifically for dyslexia and done by someone who is trained.
Parents Education Network in San Francisco is also a great organization for parents. Parents helping parents. A movie is coming out called the 'd' word! hah.
Be kind, be clear, and be persistant. Keep in it writing. wishing you the best. More than just Dyslexic
In terms of help figuring out how to advocate to get your son tested, I recommend that you get in touch with DREDF (google them) They're a locally-based advocacy group for kids with special ed. needs. An advocate will consult with you by phone (for free!). S/he should be able to help you initiate the process to request that your son get tested by your public school. You're also welcome to get my info from the moderator and email me. I have lots of experience advocating for my kids in the public school system. If your son is really good at math, and has come this far without the school insisting on having him tested, it probably means that he's really bright and has a lot of academic strengths. All of that will help him compensate for his dyslexia, and probably help him know that having dyslexia doesn't mean that he's not a smart kid. Good luck to you!! Feel free to get in touch if I can be helpful to you. Been there
My husband and I tried several tutors for our high school sophomore who was diagnosed with mild ADD and has had writing issues since grade school. But we fuond that they weren't able to really help him with his writing. Last year we were referred to Ashley Coburn by our pediatrician (Brad Berman). Ashley is a Learning Specialist and Academic Coach and she was able to help our son develop solid writing strategies based on his learning and attention issues, which has helped him so much with the demands of high school. His self-esteem has also improved, which my husband and I were especially concerned about. We highly recommend Ashley Coburn. (510)384-6069. Good luck!
We just moved to Berkeley and we are looking for a math tutor for a dyslexic learner. He/She needs to have experience teaching children with dyslexia and visual processing issues. Sylvie
My son Ben is in third grade and has dyslexia. A couple of months ago we found a great tutor named Larry Towler. Since working with Mr. Towler, Ben has made significant (mind blowing) progress in reading, writing, spelling, and memorizing his multiplication tables. Mr. Towler is a retired elementary school teacher who received training from Ms. and Mr. Lindamood and Ms. Bell (of the Lindamood- Bell method). He has good rapport with Ben and challenges him with lively and effective teaching strategies. Larry lives in Berkeley and comes to our house in Alameda to work with Ben. Here is his info: Larry Towler 510-776-8599 sg
We are in desperate need of a tutor/learning coach who has experience in working with teens. Our 13 yo son is 2E (twice exceptional ~ highly gifted & has learning challenges) He has ADD & Dysgraphia he currently has a 504 Plan in place but his school is of no help & we need someone who will work with our son and us to guide him on the path to success. He needs someone who ''get's him'' He's an amazing guy with so much to offer & although quirky & eccentric he's also the most fearless person I've ever known! He struggles with writing due to the dysgraphia & his school has no clue & insist he just doesn't want to do the work ~ he also needs math help & I'm not equipped to handle this area & dad travels a lot. We're in the Lafayette/Walnut Creek area & would prefer someone who could come to us. Our son feels more secure in familiar surroundings. We'll do whatever he needs. We want his educational experience to be different/positive. Please toss us a lifeline so we can help our beautiful son sail smoothly on the sea of his life. Jess
I am looking for an educational tutor for my 2nd grade child who may have dyslexia. While she meets with her school's reading specialist in a small group sessions, she needs additional help with math and writing. Does anyone have experience in working with Phyllis Koppleman and Strategies for Learning? And the Mighty Minds Summer Enrichment program for 7 year olds? We have also been referred to Ariel Lenchner; however, her focus is language arts and we would like a broader approach to include math skills. Any additional recommendations would be welcomed. We live in Oakland and would prefer to nearby locations. Thank you! Anon
Hello, I am trying to find a math tutor for my child who will be entering the fourth grade in the fall. She is on the spectrum, and I am trying to find a good match for her . Her 3rd grade teacher is concerned with her difficulty in grasping more abstract math concepts. Her teacher also highly recommended someone trained in the''Making Math Real'' program, but I have not been able to find anyone. Any recommendations would be appreciated.
We adopted an older child who was way behind in school and is an ESL learner with the likelihood of some learning issues. We had him assessed at times and he was being tutored in and after school. The various tutors/programs were helpful but we realized that we really needed a more closely tracked and educational theraputic approach if he was ever going to make greater progress. That's where we found Phyllis Koppleman at Strategies for Learning in Oakland so helpful. Web site: www.strategiesforlearning.com Phyllis helped us move from a general tutoring approach to an educational therapy and case management approach. She matched our son with tutors skilled in the appropriate learning approach for a subject. Understanding how your child learns is all important with or without learning issues. Finding tutors with the right training and experience and who connect with your child is another. Strategies for Learning helped us put that all together and our son has made much greater progress since then. David
Jenifer Steele has been tutoring my child for the past 5 years. When my daughter was diagnosed with ADD by the school psychologist, I decided against drug therapy, but felt the need for extra assistance with the academics. Since Ms. Steele was familiar with Math Made Real and had a certificate in Educational Therapy, I though she might work well with someone that had learning difficulties. She has helped my child immensely. Not only has Jenifer assisted with improvement in reading, writing, spelling, math and Spanish, but she has helped her with organizational skills, time management, assertiveness techniques and ommunications skills. My daughter views her not only as a mentor, but as a true friend. I highly recommend Jenifer Steele as a tutor for your child especially if he/she may have some type of learning disability. You can reach her at (510)548- 7520 or email@example.com Marie
Does anyone know of a tutor who can work with our child who has a learning disability and is sensitive to the issues that we face with teaching our child? We'd prefer someone in the Berkeley/Albany/El Cerrito area. Our child is in Elementary School.
In any case, Raskob in Oakland offers tutoring for children with LD. I've heard great things.
I believe there is also a Lindamood Bell in Berkeley, however, they typically address global LD needs and will require an assessment and then place your child in on of their programs.
There's is a non for profit in Oakland called Aspires. They offer after school tutoring and work on sliding fee scale rates. Hope this helps, Mandy
Hello all I need homework help for my middle schooler entering
7th grade. She went to Raskob Learning Center in the evening last
school year which was pretty good, but pricey. She has ADD and
she articulated to me that she needs help with the day to day
school work. She has been tested and re-tested and does not
qualify for anything from the school district that really seems
I have checked current recommendations on file and they did not
Any suggestions or positive experiences with a particular tutor
would be much appreciated.
Thanks in advance
i have seen previous recommendations and wondered if anyone who sent their child to lindamood-bell or another program for kids with learning disabilities would be willing to talk with me- thanks-alice
I am writing to recommend Kris Willits as tutor. I found Kris's listing on your website about six months ago, and what a find that was! I just can\222t say enough good things about her. I was looking for a tutor to help my daughter \226 a senior in high school, with a belatedly-diagnosed mild learning disability \226 get some sense of control over her school work and recover from too many years of slipping through the cracks at school. Kris doesn\222t just tutor the academics: she has an amazing bag of tricks of all different ways to approach any kind of assignment. Kris helped my daughter find study strategies that would work for her. Since my daughter has difficulties with organizing her thinking around how to do the assignments, Kris quickly identified my daughter\222s strengths and focused on organizational and study methods that utilized those strengths. And she never, ever let my daughter feel like a failure. Kris is so much more than a tutor: she is part mentor, part therapist, part big sister. Feel free to contact me if you want more info, but you can contact Kris (The Socratic Method: Learning for All Kinds of Minds) directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. Alison
Mar 28 2014 I provide speech/language/communication therapy as well as literacy instruction for students struggling with reading and written language. I can come to your home or meet at a public library. I have 30 years of experience in the public schools and in private practice. Marilyn Schumacher,MA marilyn.schumacher[at]gmail.com 510-375-0594 ----------------------------------------------- Feb 13 2014 Hello I am a handwriting specialist and certified in kids yoga. I have over 10 years experience working with kids. If your child is in need of handwriting help please contact me. I use the Handwriting without Tears curriculum. If interested in my services please reply to this post. I live in the Albany area. Thank You email@example.com Tanya Ayers misstdot[at]gmail.com ----------------------------------------------- Sep 20 2013 SUBJECT: Special Needs Tutoring Hello Berkeley parents, I do in-home tutoring for Special Needs Children with ADHD, Autism, and other learning differences. I provide Homework Help, Social Skills, Behavior Management, and really any help you might need. Unlike other services, I take a realistic, problem-solving approach that looks to change the root behavior instead of just papering over the symptoms. In my experience, most problems are pretty simple once you break them down, and so it is through this simple approach that I have been highly successful working with other students. Call (415) 871-8204 or visit my website at http://commonsensesped.com to learn more about my methods. Thank you, Joseph Trum Common Sense Special Ed http://commonsensesped.com Joseph Trum commonsensejoseph[at]gmail.com (415) 871-8204 ----------------------------------------------- Aug 25 2013 I offer tutoring services in all subject areas for students (grades 7-12) with SLD, SLI, and other learning challenges. While working with your child I can provide support in developing compensatory strategies and motivation, and I can facilitate positive reflection on the struggles associated with learning challenges. Or, I am happy to focus on just mastering academic content. I am a graduate of Brown University with a BA in Literature and Creative Writing. I spent the last 4 years working as a resource specialist at a public high school in Oakland. I served as SPED department chair for the last two years. Currently I am a Master's candidate at the UCB School of Social Welfare. I am looking for one or possibly two clients who I can work closely with for the duration of this school year. Please get in touch to discuss your goals and needs and we'll see if we can make something work. Jonathan Coleman jtcoleman[at]gmail.com ----------------------------------------------- Aug 23 2013 Let me help your child be successful in school. I am a retired Special Education teacher and Reading Specialist I was in the classroom for 30 years and have been doing private tutoring for 8 years. Anne Leonard aleonard789[at]hotmail.com (510) 306-1144 ----------------------------------------------- Aug 20 2013 Does your child have special needs? Would he or she benefit from some extra one-on-one time with an experienced teacher? I am an energetic, dedicated teacher who has taught preschool for children with autism for four years. I have both a credential and a master's degree in special education, with an emphasis on the early childhood years. I also have experience as a tutor for older kids. I am fun, playful, diligent, organized, and structured, and I love to use children's interests to help them learn. I am skilled in various speech/communication and fine motor techniques, as well as teaching reading, writing, and math skills. I have extensive experience writing and reviewing IEP goals, as well as supporting families through IEP meetings, so I would be more than happy to help target IEP-related skills and goals that the child is working on, or to serve as a consultant/advocate for education/school-related matters. I would be happy to provide references. Thank you! Sara Neff neff.sara[at]gmail.com (310) 344-1371 ----------------------------------------------- Aug 18 2013 Mentor and Learning Coach for Middle and High School Students Kind, patient mentoring and support for kids who are struggling. Deep experience with kids who have been diagnosed with ADHD, who are adopted, or who may have other issues that impact their lives. Help kids learn how to organize, manage time and study effectively. Subject specialty is in Math, where I focus on helping kids get a better understanding of Math and hopefully come to enjoy Math. At the middle school level, I can normally help kids with all their subjects. For High School kids, I can add History and Economics to 9th and 10th grade Math. See my web site: www.dustysykes.org for more details. Naval Academy grad, MBA. Retired High Tech Sales and Marketing Exec. Developed and coordinated mentoring program at Bishop O?Dowd for kids who were under-prepared and/or who had Learning Disabilities. Rate is $90 per session with a sliding scale. Prefer to work in your home. Dusty Sykes dustysykes[at]gmail.com 5105908681 ----------------------------------------------- May 16 2013 I want to help your child fulfill their potential in school. I am patient and goal directed, focusing on students who have learning challenges. I am a credentialed Special Education Teacher with a certification in Educational Therapy from UC Berkeley. Tutoring is available for Math (through high school), English, History and Science. I focus on academic skills as well as test taking strategies. I have many years of experience helping students pass the high school exit exam. I also emphasize developing and refining organizational skills. All students can develop the tools to succeed in school, and I am committed to helping them to build that foundation. I also have extensive experience directing IEPs and creating 504 plans, and would be happy to provide guidance and advocacy in those areas. I am available year round and during the summer for intensive sessions. Andy Carlson aacarlson[at]gmail.com 5107478008 -----------------------------------------------
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