Speech & Language Tutoring for Children
What Is Tutoring?
Tutoring is when a teacher works one-on-one with a student on a specific area or subject (math, reading, etc.) in order to improve the student’s performance and raise their course grades.
For children who are struggling in school or experiencing learning difficulties, tutoring can be an excellent supplement to pediatric therapy services.
What’s the Difference Between Therapy and Tutoring?
Great question! A good way to think about therapy vs. tutoring is that the former focuses on process while the latter focuses on content.
What does this mean?
A therapist seeks to determine why your child is struggling and what can be done to help. If your child is having problems in school relating to speech, cognition, social skills, and so on, a therapist will work with them and develop tools and strategies to help your child manage and overcome those difficulties.
Therapy thus focuses on the process of learning. Therapists teach children how to learn. They give your child the skills and confidence they need to succeed in school, build confidence, and grow as individuals and members of society.
A tutor, by contrast, helps your child with specific subjects, areas, or assignments. Whether it’s math, reading, writing, the tutor employs traditional teaching methods and works closely with your child to improve their grades.
Tutoring thus focuses on the content of learning. They actively help children learn. They utilize the learning tools and strategies established by the therapist to improve your child’s academic performance in the short and long term.
How Will Tutoring Help My Child?
A tutor works with your child on a one-to-one basis.
Regular classroom instruction is designed, planned, and implemented with groups of students in mind. A teacher’s job is to instruct 10 or 20 students at once. As a result, classroom teaching methods are designed to work decently for every student, but
Tutors, on the other hand, can tailor their teaching to your child’s specific strengths and weaknesses. They assess your child’s particular learning style and give them the personalized, individualized attention they need to succeed in school.
Tutors provide positive reinforcement.
As psychologists have known for decades, people of all ages like to receive rewards for accomplishing tasks. Tutors, who work individually with their students, can provide customized positive reinforcement to encourage good learning behaviors. This kind of positive reinforcement simply is not possible in a large classroom.
Finally, tutors know your child and target their particular interests.
Many children think that school is boring. In a way, they’re right! Because conventional classroom education is designed for large groups of students, it must take a ‘middle’ approach towards student engagement. A classroom teacher must engage all students at once and cannot get to know your child’s particular interests or wants.
But tutors can get to know your child as an individual. Over several weeks or months of work, a tutor will get to know your child and figure out exactly what excites, engages, and motivates them.
Children learn best when they are interested in and engaged with the lesson. Tutors can engage your child better than a classroom teacher ever could.