At Symbols, we offer tutoring for students with ADHD at our Vancouver, Richmond and Coquitlam locations. But first, what is ADHD?
Elementary-aged children are often full of energy and enthusiasm. However, when a child is energetic or hyper to an extent where they have difficulty focusing or paying attention in class, this can be detrimental to their learning experience. Children with focus problems or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) have difficulty actually doing what is asked of them, or have the issue of not remembering what to do after they have been asked to do something. Although trying to get a child with ADHD to pay attention, especially in a learning setting, may seem frustrating and overwhelming, ADHD is one of the most commonly diagnosed disorders in children- so your child is not alone, and there are definitely ways for us to help!
ADHD also goes hand-in-hand with issues of focus and memory. Parents who initially call in to see if our Orton-Gillingham tutoring will be a good fit for their child often describe their son or daughter as being very slow, having difficulty focusing, or not remembering what to do after receiving instructions. Others describe the frustrating situation of their child reading a word, getting it, then seeing that same word and not remembering it.
How Can We Help?
Research on this topic has found that children with ADHD respond very well to tactile learning that also incorporates movement. This is great news, because in our Orton-Gillingham tutoring, we use a multisensory approach, where both of these tactics are used. We understand that not all children learn the same way, especially those with learning differences, and allowing a child with ADHD to learn through movement is an experience that is not usually provided in a typical classroom setting, where they are required to sit in their seat. Since our sessions are 60 minutes, the session is long enough to actively move towards the goals for the lesson, but not long enough that the child will become disengaged or preoccupied. As well, by allowing your child to get up and do learning exercises that involve movement, which is a different technique than they are used to, they don’t associate the tutoring setting to the classroom; where they may typically feel that they do not do well. Therefore, optimal results can be gained.
Additional problems that children with ADHD face are having lower self-esteem and less confidence in the classroom. By working one-on-one with your child, individualizing their lesson to go at their own pace, (rather than at the pace of the majority of their school classroom), and using the multi-sensory approach, we will gradually increase their confidence and abilities. So why wait another minute? Let us help lessen the gap, and build your child’s confidence. Contact us today.