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Tutoring Students with Dyscalculia 5/5 (1)

Dyscalculia is a common specific learning disabilities that mainly affects the arithmetic skills. It’s characterized by impairment in learning basic arithmetic facts, processing numbers and performing calculations. There’s no official information about the prevalence of this disability, but experts suggest it might affect around 5-15% of students in USA.
If you’re a parent or a tutor of a child, diagnosed with dyscalculia, you need to understand that this disability requires a different educational approach. It’s essential to turn the learning process into a positive and rewarding experience, either by allowing extra time during assignments or tests, or by giving the child their own set of work to complete. One tip that’s been shown to enhance the learning process of children with dyscalculia is providing written, instead of verbal instructions, as it reduces the cognitive load, associated with having to memorize a task.
A child, diagnosed with dyscalculia might not be able to catch up on their own and might require extra help or tutoring. MyGradeBooster in Vancouver can provide adequate tutoring, support and parental guidance, when it comes to coping with dyscalculia. As a parent, it’s important to provide your child with lots of practice, when it comes to new skills and concepts. Try to make the learning process as active and engaging as possible and ask a lot of questions to keep the child occupied and focused on the task. Research suggests that a large number of children with dyscalculia also suffer from ADHD, so keeping them attentive and engaged is essential.
As a tutor, understanding how dyscalculia works is the first step towards utilizing more effective learning techniques. Avoid memory overload and assign manageable amounts of work. Build retention by reviewing the information every few days and allow your students to use their other senses, sight and hearing in particular. Finally, when dealing with a child with dyscalculia, always try to match your strategy to their particular needs and abilities and help them devise a personal approach to learning based on their unique strengths.

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Tutoring Students with ADHD 5/5 (1)

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is defined as a group of behavioral symptoms that include short attention span, distractibility, impulsivity and over activity. The cluster of symptoms usually also impairs the learning process and is more common amongst children, already diagnosed with a learning disability.
When it comes to enhancing the learning of children with ADHD, it’s essential to understand that helping is about empowering, rather than controlling them. Parents of children with ADHD are generally advised on simplifying their instructions to a basic set of one or two, and then building upon them. Teachers, on the other hand, can be asked to break down assignments into steps in order to help the child remain focused on the task. These strategies are already employed in a number of schools in Vancouver, but even with them, many ADHD children still require extra assistance.
One of the main problems students with this learning disability suffer from is inability to organize and manage their time adequately. Parents can help them learn how to plan ahead and avoid procrastination, as well as provide support, when it comes to completing homework and assignments on time. Teaching them self-monitoring strategies is a long-term solution that will help them become more aware of themselves and also greatly enhance the learning process. However, when teaching an ADHD student – whether in a formal school setting or at home – it’s vital not to lose your patience. Use a soft voice and address the child by their name to get their attention. Give simple and concrete instructions and make clear that you won’t repeat yourself. Add some structure in the daily routine by scheduling tutoring sessions at particular times of the day and alternate physical and mental activities. When you notice that the child’s attention is starting to wander, use a simple question in a soft tone to re-involve them in the task.
As with many other disabilities that impair learning, it’s important to understand how ADHD affects the learning process of your child and devise effective strategies that incorporate the student’s strength, without putting too much stress. You can also consult with a specialist and consider working with  MyGradeBooster’s Vancouver tutors to get the extra support your child needs in order to reach their full potential.

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