How do I find the right tutor for my child?
Parents can access lists for tutors from BVKID, IDA and Google search sites. Contacting their student's school administration may be another resource for tutors in their area.
Tutors listed from respected sources like IDA have met specific qualifications to be included on the lists.
Parents can verify if the tutor is qualified to teach specific programs, for example; Wilson, Barton, Lindamood Bell or Linguistic Remedies for Reading Disabilities. Ask if they are using the Orton Gillingham method, which is considered the best method available for dyslexic students. Many programs use the OG method.
Further, parents may ask if the tutor is a certified teacher in their state. The advantage of having a state-certified tutor is that they have been vetted by the state to receive state certification.
Parents will need to interview the tutor to ask about the program(s) they use to ensure that the program is explicit, linguistically based, and multi-sensory. These are the fundamental characteristics of many research-based programs for dyslexic students and those who demonstrate Dysgraphia and Dyscalculia.
The parents need to be informed about the workload and expectations for the student practice between sessions.
The student and tutor relationship will need to be one of mutual respect and occur in a safe environment. Parents need to establish open communication with the tutor and decide if their student can confidently work collaboratively with the tutor. I caution parents to engage in several sessions to develop a solid working relationship between the tutor and the student. Parents need to be wary of anyone who insists on a lengthy contractual agreement signed before all parties are satisfied with the tutor/student relationship.
Elaine is a special education teacher with 30 years of experience. She has taught in BVSD, Adams 12 & 14, and in private schools within the Front Range area. She currently teaches graduate-level courses in special education at CU. She is the owner of Academic Assessment Solutions LLC, where she evaluates and provides assessments for students with learning disabilities. She also offers OG based language instruction. Elaine also serves on the BVKID board as an educational advisor. For questions, contact Elaine through her Facebook page.