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Hello, We are searching for someone who can help my sophomore son get organized with his studies, and to improve his skills in writing. He has some inattentive ADHD and very mild dyslexia, which combine to create antipathy towards school. This is particularly true for writing and research projects, and for orgqnanizing himself. He does fine in math. Due to his sports schedule, we would need someone who can come to our home in Berkeley. If you have someone who has helped your child with these issues, we would appreciate a post back. Thanks very much! Anonymous Parent of High Schooler
The task-reward system worked like this: if he could stay on task with writing an essay for 45 minutes, he got 15 minutes of down time. He asked whether he could accumulate the 15 minute segments to have an entire afternoon off. She agreed to this. He was able to produce writing assignments and later did well in college.
As regards disorganization with regard to materials, time management etc, I'd advise that you pick your battles. Can he program an iPhone or one like it to remind him of deadlines? Then the trick is for him to input each assignment or appointment as it is mentioned, or to write it down by hand and first thing each evening enter it into the iPhone.
Both our special needs son and our neurotypical daughter struggle with organization. But both have improved with maturity. Remember to provide positive feedback whenever your son shows some incremental improvement. Amelia
I am looking for a tutor for my son. He's in 5th grade. He has AdHd. He gets very interested in classwork but has a lot of trouble following thru on papers and teachers comments on revisions and with fine motor skills. I'm looking for a tutor to help him get down the mechanics while making it possible to put his interests to work. Ruth
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com. Alison
Aug 09 2015 Specialized Academic Tutoring provided by Ron Wallach, a Resource Specialist (RSP) with extensive teaching experience with the Alameda and Los Altos School Districts. Ron has a Master of Arts in Teaching with current California Teaching Credentials in General and Special Education. Specialized Academic Tutoring offers Remedial, Accelerated, Individualized Instruction in the Fundamental Academic Skills: Reading: Phonics-Decoding, Comprehension, Fluency, and Enjoyment Writing: Spelling, Paragraph/Essay Writing, Handwriting, Keyboarding Math: Common Core, Singapore, Saxon, Facts, and Word Problem Solving. Study Skills: Test Prep, Time Management-Organization Services include Assessments; Collaboration with Teacher(s), Parent and Student co-training to create a successful study team. Ron Wallach ron1949[at]gmail.com (510) 698-4265 ----------------------------------------------- Jan 31 2015 Hi! My name is Julia, I have over a year's worth of experience working with severely developmentally disabled adolescents from the ages of 6 to 18 in a group home environment. I also babysit my friends' kids frequently which often includes helping them with their homework. I graduated high school with a 3.5 and will be going to college in the fall - just looking for part time work since I'm new to the area and I love working with kids! Please call or text me if you are interested in hiring me, I look forward to hearing from you!! Julia Lentz julialentz11[at]gmail.com 812.272.2729 ----------------------------------------------- Jan 22 2015 Is homework time a battle? Does your child use creative avoidance and, yes, ''confabulation''? Organization and study skills a mess? Teacher comments making you feel defensive? Let me help you! K-8 Retired Special Education Teacher with over 30 years experience, especially with learning challenges and emotional struggles. Extensive experience authoring curriculum which is aligned with CA Standards. I also love kids! I was a mentor teacher for years and Teacher of the Year for Contra Costa County Office of Education. Extensive resume and references available. Nancy Pierce mollymully[at]aol.com 510 704-8889 ----------------------------------------------- Jan 21 2015 I offer high quality tutoring services in in all subject areas for all students (grades 7-12) including those with SLD, SLI, attention difficulties and other learning challenges. While working with your child I can provide support in developing compensatory strategies and motivation. I am also happy to focus on just mastering academic content through effective instructional techniques. I am a graduate of Brown University with a BA in Literature and Creative Writing. I spent 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 clients with whom I can work closely. Available in the Berkeley/Oakland area, and I am happy to provide references. 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 ----------------------------------------------- Nov 10 2014 I am a private tutor with an extensive background in early literacy intervention and education. I have a Bachelor's Degree in Child Development, and a Master's Degree in Education, and over 10 years experience working in the classroom and other educational settings. I also work as the director of a youth library, and have a personal passion for children's literature. I am currently offering a sliding scale for my private tutoring services, $45-$55/hr, and have many open slots as the school year gets underway. I specialize in helping children of all ages (Elementary through High School) with writing, reading comprehension, study skills, and general homework assistance. My approach is gentle and co-creative with the student. I'd be happy to meet and discuss a plan for your child. I live in Elmwood/Rockridge, but can travel to any part of the Bay Area. Shar Leskowitz greenie27[at]hotmail.com ----------------------------------------------- Nov 01 2014 Special Needs Tutor I am offering my services to tutor your child in a variety of subjects depending on what they require. I have worked with children with special needs for 5 years in a caring capacity, and also have experience of tutoring math for children with special needs. If you have any questions, please feel free to email me and I will do my best to answer them. Look forward to hearing from you. Oliver Dixon olidixon23[at]gmail.com ------------------------------------------------- Oct 21 2014 As an Educational Therapist (ET), I provide individualized remedial instruction to students with learning challenges which may include deficits in reading, writing, math, or executive functioning, in addition to homework and study skills support. My goal as an ET is to foster self-confident, independent learners who enjoy success in school by focusing on their strengths while remediating areas of concern. I am trained in the most effective, research-based teaching techniques available. I work with students of all grade levels and abilities, and I am available to travel to a client's home or school in the Berkeley/Oakland area. Please email me with your questions or request a free telephone consultation. Michele Adamson, M.Ed., Educational Therapist, micadamson[at]gmail.com ------------------------------------------------- Oct 20 2014 Dear Families, I am a private tutor with an extensive background in early literacy intervention and education. I have a Bachelor's Degree in Child Development, and a Master's Degree in Education, and over 10 years experience working in the classroom and other educational settings. I also work as the director if a youth library, and have a personal passion for children's literature. I am currently offering a sliding scale for my private tutoring services, $45-$55/hr, and have many open slots as the school year gets underway. I specialize in helping children of all ages (Elementary through High School) with writing, reading comprehension, study skills, and general homework assistance. My approach is gentle and co-creative with the student. I'd be happy to meet and discuss a plan for your child. I live in Elmwood/Rockridge, but can travel to any part of the Bay Area. Looking forward to hearing from you! Shari Leskowitz 510.872.2369 firstname.lastname@example.org Shari Leskowitz greenie27[at]hotmail.com -------------------------------------------------
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