Our learning disabilities specialists have years of solid experience and training as classroom teachers and as private tutors, uniquely deep knowledge bases across the curriculum, experience writing and implementing IEPs and knowledge of educational law. They provide support in multiple subjects across the curriculum right up to AP and honors levels while also working to increase their students' conscious awareness of the various strategies available in their own academic situations and how to choose the ones that will be optimal.

Our learning disabilities specialists can help your child or teen to:

  • understand and manage math, science, English and history homework
  • become more confident and independent learners
  • develop computer word-processing skills that will improve spelling and grammar, eliminate handwriting/legibility issues and and build strategies for revision of written work
  • explore other assistive technology e.g. tape recorders, text reading systems, reading pens, speech recognition systems (like Dragon Dictate) and Echo Smart Pens
  • chunk and prioritize short and long term assignments
  • determine what, if any, accommodations are needed for the MCAS, SAT and/or ACT exams and understand how to go about requesting those accommodations
  • prepare for the SAT or ACT, an SAT II, an MTEL, a GRE or a Praxis test
  • become more effective, better organized writers

Although our other tutors are not LD specialists, all of our people have substantial experience working with students with learning disabilities and are very good at tailoring their sessions to the needs of their students.

Our tutors offer home, library and office visits throughout MetroWest and most of the greater Boston area. Our tutors are sometimes able to provide learning disabilities services in the Natick and Framingham area and the Marblehead, Swampscott and Salem area with no travel surcharge and in some outlying areas with a travel surcharge. We also have very good success providing sessions by Skype Video and FaceTime.

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Lexington Tutoring's Learning Disabilities Team

Courtney Cooper, MEd

Learning disabilities support; K-10 homework coaching across the curriculum, K-college language arts, social studies/history, human studies & psychology tutoring; ; K-9 math tutoring; K-college writing coaching; tutors college courses leading to degrees in human development & literacy, language arts, history, human development & psychology

Executive function coaching

ISEE, SSAT, HiSet & MCAS prep

PSAT, ACT & SAT prep

AP tutoring & exam prep: World history

Praxis I prep; Praxis II prep: Reading: 5710, Writing: 5720 & Mathematics: 5730

Courtney holds an MEd from American International College, an MS in Literacy from the University of New England, and a BA in Human Development from Wheelock College. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Educational Psychology at American International College. She is trained in the Wilson Reading Program, Lindamood Bell Learning Processes, Sharma Math, Lucy Calkins' Writing Workshop, Singapore math and Everyday Math

Previous to joining our team, Courtney had several years of teaching experience in Maine and Massachusetts independent primary, elementary and middle schools and K-12 private tutoring. Her passion for identifying students’ learning styles and assisting in student growth and understanding are at the forefront of her focus and drive her instruction. When she is not working with our students, she enjoys reading, writing, and spending time with her husband and young daughters.

Joshua Sanford, MEd

Learning disabilities support; Pre-algebra, algebra I, world history, ancient history, U.S. History, English & language arts, writing coaching & homework coaching K-12 & college

Executive function coaching

ISEE, SSAT, HiSet & MCAS prep

PSAT, ACT & SAT prep

MTEL prep: Communication & Literacy Skills (01): Reading Subtest; Writing Subtest, General Curriculum (03): Multi-Subject Subtest Multiple-Choice Question Analyses; Mathematics Subtest, Foundations of Reading (90), Mathematics (Elementary School) (53), Middle School Humanities (English/History), English (07) & History (06)

Praxis I prep; Praxis II prep: Maine, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Vermont & Rhode Island--English & Social Studies

Josh Sanford, MEd is a seasoned, certified special education teacher with a long list of present and former students who have soared under his guidance. He has his BA from Bates College in Classical and Medieval Studies with a secondary concentration in Educational Studies, his Masters in Education from Lesley University, Special Education – Moderate 5-12 and History 8-12 licensure, 15 years of experience in working in Special Education, solid credentials for tutoring social studies, science, math, language arts and 4 years of absolutely outstanding work with us. His demanding liberal arts undergraduate education has given him a strong base in United States history, pre-algebra, algebra, American literature, life skills and emotional/social coping skills.

Josh has considerable experience with a variety of disabilities, including ADD, ADHD, executive function disorders, dyslexia, dysgraphia and autism spectrum disorders including Asperger’s syndrome, mood disorders and other learning disabilities characterized by slow processing speed. Josh is adept at developing strong communication skills, fostering and promoting student strengths, and focusing on problem solving to internalize academic skills. He is trained in Cognitive Behavioral Theory and crisis intervention. His warm, friendly-but-firm manner, his use of humor and engaging questions to build rapport and his impressive academic background are very conducive to productive and effective homework coaching.

When he's not working with our students, Josh teaches at Mansfield High School. His previous experience includes 5 years teaching at The Gifford School in Weston, Massachusetts, 2 years teaching at Casa Pacifica, in Ventura, California and 1 year teaching at Crotched Mountain Rehabilitation Center, in New Hampshire.

Bryan Rotundo, MEd

PSAT, ACT & SAT prep

MTEL prep: Communication & Literacy Skills (01): Reading Subtest; Writing Subtest; General Curriculum (03): Multi-Subject Subtest Multiple-Choice Question Analyses & Mathematics Subtest; Foundations of Reading (90); Mathematics (Elementary School) (53); Early Childhood (02)

Bryan Rotundo has his MEd in Special Education from Lesley University and his BA in Marketing from Siena College. When he's not working with our students, Bryan teaches at a Metrowest middle school where he runs an academic support and executive function intervention program. He is experienced at designing individualized instruction and at identifying the learning styles and strengths of his students, including those with dyslexia, ADD, ADHD, anxiety, executive functioning issues, and emotional disabilities.

Bryan combines a broad knowledge range with a kind, approachable personality and a genuine love for teaching. Along with academic tutoring, Bryan focuses on skills such as organization, time management, prioritization, test taking, and goal-setting. He also provides instruction on non-cognitive student skills such as resiliency, grit, adaptability, self-advocacy, and the development of a growth mindset.

Before pursuing his career in education, Bryan led African safaris, worked with teachers to plan educational trips throughout the U.S., and performed musically throughout New England as a acoustic rock guitarist and songwriter.

Elissa Sanford, MEd

K through 5 reading, writing, math & learning disabilities support for students with special needs including developmental delays, deafness, hearing loss, autism, ADD & ADHD; primary literacy--phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary & comprehension, writing & spelling; American Sign Language

MTEL prep: Early Childhood (02)

CSET: Multiple Subjects Test prep

Elissa holds an MEd from California State University Northridge, a BA in Communication Disorders from the University of Colorado, Boulder, a Post-Masters Certificate in Early Education and Care: Research, Policy and Practice from the University of Massachusetts, Boston and Massachusetts Educator’s certification as a Teacher of the Deaf-All Levels (Pre/K-12). She is trained in Applied Behavior Analysis, Handwriting Without Tears and American Sign Language.

When she is not providing early education services and learning disabilities support to our students, Elissa is an educational consultant with The Learning Center for the Deaf in Framingham. Elissa is also a Developmental Specialist for infants and toddlers with a variety of language and developmental needs at Criterion Middlesex Early Intervention, in Framingham. Elissa's previous experience includes 12 years teaching in early education and care, working primarily with deaf and hard-of-hearing students and students with special needs, including learning disabilities, developmental delays, autism, ADD and ADHD.

Recommended resources:

Often, students who think they are studying are not taking in what they are seeing in their textbooks and worksheets. When students team with their tutors to create our learning games, they learn to reframe their assigned work as questions and answers and to anticipate their teachers’ questions and answers. If you would like to explore this option, your tutor will work with your middle or high school student to create online flashcards and computer games for the material covered during homework sessions. More information about our customized learning games is available here.

Learning Ally offers thousands of free audiobooks, including textbooks from major publishers for K-12, college and adult learners, which can be downloaded to a student's computer, iPod, Kindle, iPad and many other devices. The audio book service available at Audible.com is not free, but it is reasonably priced and works with iPods, Kindles, computers and over 500 other devices.

Colleges for students with learning disabilities.

We recommend reading:

“Jay Leno's Advice for My Dyslexic Son” by Liisa Ogburn. “Liisa Ogburn recently completed a book with her son, Aidan Colvin, “Looking for Heroes: One Boy, One Year, 100 Letters,” on what Aidan learned from successful people with dyslexia.”

“Defining My Dyslexia” by dyslexic physician Blake Charlton, summa cum laude graduate of Yale University and Stanford Medical School, published author, and resident physician in internal medicine at the University of California, San Francisco.

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