Does Your Child Need a Tutor?
Children with ADHD frequently struggle in school on a daily basis. They may have trouble with organization and fail to hand in class assignments. They ma fall behind trying to keep up with the class. For many children, falling behind means spending a few days working hard to catch up, but for kids with ADHD, catching up can be hard. Sometimes spending extra time each evening going over homework and helping your child stay organized is all it takes to get them back on track. Sometimes, however, a tutor is needed.
Sometimes, you may be able to see specific signs of school problems, such as falling grades, but other times there are less obvious signs that may signal your child is having problems:
- Frequent stomach aches
- Trying to avoid going to school
- Lack of interest in school
- Avoiding homework
- Avoiding talking about school
- Statements such as, "I'll never understand"
- Anxiety about going to school or before tests
If you have questions or are concerned about your child's schoolwork, the first place to start would be to talk to the teacher. Set up a time to talk with the teacher about your child's progress and problem areas. For example:
- Is your child handing in incomplete or inaccurate homework?
- Is your child missing homework assignments?
- Is your child participating in classroom discussions?
- Is your child raising their hands and volunteering answers?
- What are your child's test grades?
- Is there a specific area your child is having trouble with?
- Are there some basic skills your child is missing?
School problems can snowball. If your child is missing important information from lessons, further lessons may be impossible. Self-esteem and school confidence may falter, causing further problems, in other subjects. Catching problems early helps. Take steps right away to solve the problem.
If you and the teacher feel your child may benefit from a tutor, there are a number of resources you can look into (some that won't cost you anything):
- School. Many schools have before or after school tutoring programs that are free.
- Public Libraries. Libraries can offer homework help programs, tutoring programs or research assistance programs. Find out what is available in your area.
- Churches. Some churches offer tutoring programs.
- High School or Local Colleges. Check with your local high school or college to find out if there are students that will tutor younger students.
- Tutoring Centers. Although these are more expensive, they offer certified teachers and programs to help your child in specific problem areas.
- Teachers. The teacher or school may know of teachers that offer tutoring after school for a fee. Check with the guidance office of your school.
Communication is very important. Teachers should be able to supply information on trouble areas as well as current work to help the tutor help the student not only on general concepts but also on targeted problem areas.
Even if you hire a tutor, parents should take some steps at home to monitor progress. Keep communication open between you and your child's teacher so you can determine if the tutoring is working. In addition, make sure you check to be sure homework is completed on a daily basis and your child has a quiet place to complete work.