A Toronto special needs tutor can help your child learn school material in a way that makes sense to them. Our special needs tutors are trained to work with those who experience learning differently, such as:
- Autism Spectrum Disorder, including Asperger’s, childhood disintegrative disorder and pervasive developmental disorder-not otherwise specified (as outlined on Autismspeaks.ca)
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
- Tourette Syndrome
- Down Syndrome
And other neurodiverse conditions (which may, or may not cause intellectual disabilities). We also help those who may have a physical limitation preventing them from keeping up with mainstream education. For example, a hearing or vision impairment.
We believe it is important to recognize that special needs students learn differently. Each have their own strengths. Our job, as educators, is to bring about those strengths. Our job is not to focus on what they are doing ‘wrong,’ or out of line when it comes to conventional learning methods.
History has shown us that many people who have been labelled as “special needs” have been famously successful in their careers. This is because they honed in on their talents and interests. Teachers may have also given them the opportunity to approach their education differently.
If your child is struggling to keep up in the traditional school system, our trained tutors can be an easy, effective solution to help them pass their courses. We provide qualified, in-home special needs tutors in Toronto, Scarborough, Ajax, Pickering, and Vaughn.
Receive educational support for your child with qualified special needs tutors in Toronto
A Toronto special needs tutor with School Is Easy comes with any (or all) of the following criteria, enabling them to do their job effectively:
- Ontario Federation of Independent Schools certification
- Membership with the Ontario College of Teachers
- Master’s degree and teaching experience
They have all undergone a criminal record check.
Our educators are also trained to tutor special needs children specifically. When you communicate your child’s needs to us, we are careful in our matching process, to ensure that each child gets a tutor that is a great fit for them.
We are also able to work with their class teacher, combined with an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) that may have been already formulated for them.
Our trained tutors use teaching methods effective for special needs students
Teachers who know how to help a special needs student will use certain skills that can appeal to their style of learning. This can be highly individualistic, and can change for different situations. For example, methods a special needs tutor can use could be:
Focusing on interest-based strengths to teach an array of subjects
If your special needs child is great at speaking, we can turn that into a strength by helping them develop storytelling techniques, speech giving, or debating skills. If one loves art, we can turn writing exercises into creative processes.
However, at the same time, tutors recognize the demands these students will have to pass certain courses at school, despite their challenges. To that end, they can work to enable kids to approach class topics from as many interest points as can be found.
Using assistive technology and tools to balance learning difficulties
In our modern age, those tutoring children with learning disabilities can now use computer programs that may help with comprehension or communication. Assistive technologies like speech-to-text software (TTS), Braille keyboards, or learning games may make education and daily tasks more accessible to special needs students.
Sometimes, these can be as simple as setting calendar reminders to help with memory, enlarging text on a computer screen so reading is easier, using Dyslexic fonts, or making audio voice recordings for note taking.
Other times, they can be more specialized technologies for the difficulty at hand (like the use of smartpens, or hearing aids). And still, sometimes they can be extremely low-tech, like the use of fidget toys for maintaining attention span, or pencil grips to help with handwriting.
A trained special ed tutor can examine your child, and help make recommendations on assistive tools they may benefit from. They can also incorporate those tools into the tutoring sessions. This way, your child can learn how to use these aids in their regular life, when the tutor or teacher is not there.
Establishing routine and removing distractions
Sometimes, a child with special needs works best with a regular routine and schedule. A tutor that comes to their home, in a familiar environment, can set the tone for consistency. This may help in the learning process.
Not only that, the private, in-home tutoring environment can remove a lot of the distractions that come in a typical classroom. In a one-on-one tutoring situation, an educator can address the needs of the specific child being taught. They will be able to work out their frustrations. They can get to know their personality and style of learning, and teach according to that.
This is not always achievable in a larger class setting, where the teacher (even if trained in special ed) has multiple student needs to balance. Sometimes, this may make the difference in a student’s ability to learn subjects.
Call us today for help finding a special needs tutor in Toronto
We are ready to help match your child up with a special needs tutor in Toronto. Our company has been hiring and screening special needs tutors since 2002. We are well aware of the individualized needs these students require. Call us today, or book a tutor online, and we’d be glad to help.