There are various tutoring companies around the world that specifically teach tutors how to tutor for children with learning and/or neurodevelopmental disorders such as ADHD and autism. There are also companies through which tutors with special needs tutoring freelance and have experience doing so.
The core principles of learning disabilities are an important thing to understand and must be discussed to decide if this is a suitable route for the child. The first principle is understanding that children who need this extra assistance often have information processing deficits and are doing their best. Their brains simply process information differently. Often, if a child is non-verbal or has different educational needs, there is often the assumption that these children have less potential than they do. tutor trained in remedial work is often able to recognise thew child’s personal abilities and potential, and through doing so, challenge the child with realistic goals. This mode of tutoring is so important, as not only does it support the child’s needs, but it also assures that the child is not underestimated. In fact, it is essential that these children are not underestimated, as they made get bored with the task at hand, not complete the task properly, refuse to engage in the task, and feel discouraged because they do not feel as they are achieving anything. This leads to increased behavioural problems, and a deep-rooted frustration at not being understood or catered for. It is also so important that the child is not given work that is above their current abilities, as they may also lead to that frustration, frequent feelings of failure, and a lack of motivation. Remedial tutoring is designed to make sure that these children do not encounter these disappointments, but also that if they do feel this way, they are properly communicated with and supported.
Any disability a child does possess does not mean that they have a low-level of intelligence. Tutoring cannot “cure” disabilities- it is simply a tool in the toolbox of managing these difficulties.
Some indicators that your child may need learning disabilities tutoring include, but are not limited to: struggling to write, difficulty speaking, having a challenging time translating their thoughts and requests into words, reading deficits, reading too early for learning milestones (this is also often paired with verbal communication deficits), struggling to form letters, or even not being able to write on the lines of the page. If your child has special needs, being non-verbal for example, these tutors will know how to form a connection of two-way communication, in whichever manner is needed for the child to have their needs met.
Learning disabilities tutoring can be a wonderful, helpful addition to remedial schooling, occupational & speech therapy, and medical treatment.