by Laura Pearson
If your student has ADHD, you want to be sure that he is getting the most he can from his education. Sometimes, school is a distracting environment and kids with ADHD benefit from having a tutor. But, it takes just the right tutor to connect with your child, understand his learning needs, and his learning style, and motivate him to learn. You also want a tutor who will celebrate your child’s achievement and support his strengths while developing his weaknesses. It’s a tall order to find the right tutor for your student, but you can find the perfect match for him with a few of our tips.
1. Meet with Your Child’s Teacher
Your child’s teacher will help you identify his strengths and weaknesses. She will review his assessments with you, demonstrate the skills that he needs help in mastering, and explain the accommodations she has been making to help him learn in the classroom. The more information you have from a trained educator about your child’s academic abilities and achievement, the better your chances of finding just the right tutor for him.
Your child’s teacher also may have some resources for you in finding a tutor for your student. Many schools offer free tutoring before and after school, as do many public libraries and colleges and universities. She also may be able to recommend a local learning center or private tutor.
2. Do Your Homework
Many parents know the process for finding a qualified babysitter for their children; get some recommendations from fellow parents, conduct a phone interview, meet with the babysitter and watch her interact with your child, get references, and have a trial run.
The same process applies to finding a tutor for your student. Get recommendations from other parents or teachers in your area. Then, call the tutors on your short list and ask them questions about their experience with kids with ADHD and their qualifications. Interview those that impress you on the phone and arrange a meeting with your child and observe the first session to decide whether the tutor is a good match.
Another option is to find an online tutor. Sometimes, kids with ADHD prefer to use technology to complete their assignments and enhance their learning, and they enjoy having online tutoring sessions as a result. Online tutors often have more flexible schedules and can connect automatically with your student when he is having trouble with homework or studying. Many online tutoring services provide credentials and references for their tutors, so you will be able to choose one that has experience tutoring kids with ADHD. Another benefit of online tutoring is the services typically are more affordable than face-to-face tutors.
3. Consider the Tutor’s Other Credentials
Any time you choose a person to work with your child, you look for someone who serves as a mentor or a role model. That’s why you should look beyond her academic credentials when choosing the right tutor for your student. Look for a tutor who is patient, kind, and empathetic. Ask the tutor’s references about her personality, demeanor, and values.
You may need to observe more than one tutoring session to know that you have chosen a tutor who will help your child make healthy decisions and who will instill in him the need to learn life skills for making good choices in addition to the specific academic skills they work on during their sessions. Listen to how the tutor encourages and praises your child. Pay close attention to the things they talk about at the beginning and end of the session. When you feel comfortable that the tutor will serve as a healthy addition to your student’s support network, hire her for the long term.
When searching for a tutor for your student with ADHD, use the resources you have available. Start with meeting your child’s teacher and getting as much information as you can about his learning style and her recommendations. Then, ask her and other parents about local tutoring services and private tutors while also searching for a good match online. Observe your student with your top tutoring choice and make sure she will support him academically as well as emotionally and socially.
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