Ensuring Academic Success for Children With ADHD
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Whether it’s autism, ADHD, dyslexia, or a language processing disorder, children with learning disabilities often feel overwhelmed by the challenges they face at school. From focusing during a lecture to remembering homework assignments to completing standardized tests, school can be difficult for them. Fortunately, specialized tutoring can help these students achieve academic success.
How Outside Learning Helps
Trying to keep up at the same pace as the rest of class as they process information can be a struggle, and when the class moves on to a new idea, a child with ADHD may feel a state of panic, as the next lesson is typically building on the previous one. This feeling of anxiety and frustration can make it even harder to focus. This creates a cycle of falling further and further behind.
An outside teaching environment gives children with ADHD more time to focus on their challenges and catch up on anything they missed. However, a tutor isn’t just for helping your child in an area in which they are struggling. A good tutor can show your child how to use new strategies to comprehend topics and prepare for the advanced and related topics that will follow. By finding a way to learn material in a way that clicks for them and their unique learning style, students feel more confident in themselves and more comfortable in seeking help. These are important life skills for making healthy decisions outside of school.
In addition to identifying their learning styles, students can identify their best test-taking strategies and alleviate testing anxiety. Students with ADHD and other learning disabilities tend to take tests differently than students without learning disorders. Specialized learning and tutoring services can help the school to understand how to best meet the needs your child has during a long test.
As previously mentioned, a tutor can teach a child with ADHD how to prepare for lifelong success by developing the best possible understanding of their learning disabilities and needs. Tutors can help students learn the strategies and skills to succeed in college and work life when they’re out on their own, and also show students how to advocate for themselves to ask for and receive additional help when necessary.
Know Your Options
A private teacher works one-on-one with your child. The biggest benefit of this option is the teacher’s ability to foster a strong personal relationship with your child. However, if can be difficult to find a qualified tutor who’s a good match for your child. The price usually ranges from $20 to $75 per hour. Price varies by your location, the teacher’s qualifications, and the subject matter.
At learning centers, your child has access to trained and certified teachers who use objective testing to assess the unique needs of your child. Each teacher has about three to five students, and parents are generally not allowed to choose a which teacher their child is paired with. The cost will vary by location, but averages around $150 a week.
If you’re crunched for time, online learning offers flexibility and can also appeal to tech-savvy children. On the flipside, there is no personal communication, assessment, or mentoring relationship. There’s usually a subscription coverage, which can cost $20 to $50 per session or $100 each month.
Many public libraries offer drop-in tutoring sessions. Although they’re not available to all grade levels or for all subjects, they are commonly offered free of charge. Reach out to a college or university near you. Students, especially those training to become teachers, may offer tutoring services through the college. The cost is typically less than other options.
Remember that in this moment, you are your child’s advocate. If you suspect your child needs additional help, take action quickly. Meet with your child’s teacher to develop a plan based on where your child currently stands academically, which subjects or skills he or she is struggling with, and how serious each issue is. An outside teacher can help your child get back on track, achieve academic success, and learn valuable life skills that will benefit him or her in school and throughout his or her life.