LEARNING DISABILITIES HOW CAN WE HELP?
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
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: 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 9 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.
Dr. Kaila Ryan, PT, DPT
Pre-algebra, algebra 1 & 2, geometry, precalculus, statistics & linear algebra, anatomy & physiology, biology, economics; standard levels of chemistry & physics; homework coaching & writing coaching, including lab/technical writing
Executive function coaching & time management support
SSAT, ISEE, SAT, ACT & SAT II Subject Test prep: Math I, Math II & Biology
AP tutoring & exam prep: Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Biology, Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, Psychology & Statistics
Praxis I prep : Core Academic Skills for Educators (5732, 5712, 5722), Mathematics: Content Knowledge (5161)
GRE prep provider
College: Courses leading to a degree in physical therapy
Kaila Ryan earned her BA in Mathematics with a minor in Education Studies, magna cum laude, from Colorado College, and her DPT (Doctor of Physical Therapy) from MGH Institute of Health Professions, maintaining a 3.9/4.0 GPA in both undergraduate and graduate work. At Colorado College she graduated Phi Beta Kappa, received the Sophie Germain Award from the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, earned the Recognition of Excellence Award for exceptional performance on Praxis® tests and was president of the Rotaract Club (Rotary International's Youth Program). Her tutoring activities included organizing fellow undergraduate students to tutor at a local elementary school, tutoring and grading calculus, and assisting students with their projects using programs such as PhotoShop and Mathematica. Kaila also taught 8th and 9th grade Algebra in a Philadelphia summer school program.
At MGH Institute of Health Professions, Kaila worked in a variety of settings including inpatient rehabilitation, outpatient orthopedics and pediatrics, served as Research Assistant for Sensorimotor Rehabilitation at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, and volunteered at her university's pro bono center. She continues her volunteer work with United Way as an Early Education and Venture Grant Reviewer.
By day, Kaila is a pediatric physical therapist. She holds current licenses from the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies and the Massachusetts Board of Allied Health Professionals. Her hobbies include skiing, snowboarding, hiking and volunteering. She is a Wilderness First Responder and a certified ski instructor (Alpine II, Children’s Specialist II, Adaptive I / Cognitive & Visual Impairments). Kaila’s passion for math, science, and the outdoors is contagious; she is excited to work with your child to help him/her achieve his/her goals!
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
MTEL prep: Foundations of Reading (90), Communication & Literacy Skills (01): Reading Subtest & Writing Subtest, Early Childhood (02) & General Curriculum (03): Multi-subject Subtest
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 trained in the Wilson Reading Program, Lindamood Bell Learning Processes, Sharma Math, Lucy Calkins' Writing Workshop, Singapore math and Everyday Math
Prior to her five years plus on 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.
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.
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.
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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