FAQ…Questions you may have!
- What learning struggles do you help with?
If you look at our Methods page, you will find more specifics. In brief, we help students who struggle with reading, comprehension, writing, memory, math, processing speed, global learning delays, and many more areas that don’t necessarily fit into a “box”. Just ask!
- Where are services provided? Where can I get help?
We are 100% online! We can assist you from the comfort, convenience and safety of home!
- Is this a curriculum?
Our service is not a curriculum. What we offer is a supplemental remediation program so you can continue to use your preferred curriculum while improving learning outcomes. After using our program, your student will be able to pursue their education with greater ease.
- What is different about what you offer from special services in schools?
We are different because we provide an environment of academic and intellectual growth that goes above and beyond modification of curriculum. Special service departments in schools typically help modify and adapt the curriculum to make it easier for your student to access. This is an important part of supporting students with learning struggles. However, there is more! You can actually help your student improve their learning potential through specific therapy and remediation! Instead of stopping with only modifications, which do not promote increased potential of abilities, you can move beyond that to real growth in skills and academics.
- Is this age, curriculum or grade specific?
No! The methods and ways in which we work with students are not age, curriculum or grade specific. The way the mind works is similar for individuals of all ages and backgrounds. This means that even if you have an older student, there is still time and room for change!
- What severity of struggle do you work with?
We work with students who have varying degrees of severity, though the majority of students we see would fall in the mild-moderate levels.
- Do you work with students who do not have a diagnosis?
Absolutely! We work with the parents and teachers to determine what struggles are present in a student’s academic life and then determine the best approach for that student. For many students who struggle with learning, regardless of what “box” they fit in, there is a lot of overlap with different basic processes being weak, which is why we can work with students without a diagnosis. That being said, we do gather a history of student weaknesses from the parents and teachers to individualize our approach and make sure it will be specifically targeting certain weaknesses your student is struggling with.
- Do you diagnose students?
We do not currently diagnose students. However, we can help you understand reports if your student has been diagnosed.
- Can you teach me how to work with my student? Can I watch?
We encourage parents and families to learn alongside their student if they would like. Our goal is to help the students reach independence, but we also love to see the family educated so that the family can reach independence and know how to support their struggling learner themselves.
- What benefits can I hope to see?
What we are doing is a therapeutic approach to increasing learning potential, so it usually brings easier school days, better recall, less frustration, more attention in class, and often increase in grade level and enjoyment of learning. However, each student is different and the degree of progress we see does vary, though most students see significant progress.
Though it may not be a “quick fix”, because we are addressing struggles in a therapeutic way and helping the student strengthen and reinforce proper thought processing, we have noticed that much of the work we do is long lasting, especially when the student continues to grow academically with all the right pathways in play. Many of our students have gone on to attend college or vocational school, and younger students start seeing improved grades, fewer tears and start to enjoy learning.
- Is there homework outside of class time?
There is no homework outside of class. Most of the progress is made by the dynamic questioning and dialogue between student and teacher.
- My student doesn’t think they need this, or that they are too old and this is childish. What do I say?
We have worked with many students who are high school and college students. Since what we do is not age specific, there is never a “too old”. What we are doing is helping students strengthen their thought process, it doesn’t necessarily mean that there is a severe problem with the student. Some of the methods are even used to help students increase SAT and ACT scores. It depends on how you look at learning struggles. Is it a struggle that can and will be surmounted with brain training? Yes!
- My student has ADHD, I’m afraid he won’t be able to sit through a class.
Any classes we offer are fast paced and we have worked with many students who have had ADHD. This would not be an issue.
- Do I need to get loads of supplies in order to do this?
Only a couple of games and one workbook! You won’t need to get a whole kit in order to work with us.
- Payment expectations?
We are restructuring our prices and adding scholarships, so reach out for specifics. Though we do charge more than a regular tutor would, we understand the cost and sacrifice of educating students from home or privately. Giving students the tools to succeed is paramount and we try not to leave families behind. Just reach out!
Check out this article to see what the differences are between education therapists and regular tutors and why there is a cost difference: https://www.understood.org/en/learning-thinking-differences/treatments-approaches/therapies/the-difference-between-tutors-and-educational-therapists
- Time expectations?
Expect to commit to working daily with your student for several weeks, either one-on-one with a trained professional, or with you if you are interested in coaching classes.
- What are your qualifications?
All of the teachers are specially trained in different programs that target specific learning strategies. Margaret, who oversees all the students, also holds a Master’s in Special Education. Professional and quality services are important to us when serving families.
- Is homeschooling ok?
Absolutely! You have a unique ability to teach your child, provide a learning environment that is flexible and filled with love, and be able to provide more in-depth services with professionals where needed. You are also naturally modifying the curriculum, which is what many schools pay a lot of money to do for their students. Though some days may be a challenge, you also get the privilege to see your student’s breakthroughs; a precious experience!
- Do you incorporate other therapies into the classes?
We do look at other therapies where appropriate to see if there are more ways to support your student. We work with a nutritional therapy consultant and an occupational therapist. Other therapies we look at are sound therapy, reflex therapy, and vision therapy exercises, which can easily be done at home without a professional guiding them.
- Why do you look at the whole person and not just the problem areas?
God made man both body and soul, and as such we need to view the student. If you only look at one area and are blind to the whole person, you might be missing a huge contributing factor to your student’s struggles. This is not to say that you just throw everything at the wall and see what sticks. But you must take a comprehensive look at the situation, determine what global approaches are needed, and also individualize remediation in specific areas.