Multi-Sensory Tutoring for Students with Learning Disabilities
My name is Colleen and I specialize in working with students who have learning disabilities or delays in New York City. To improve their academic success and confidence, I use a hands-on, multi-sensory learning experience that incorporates visual, auditory, kinesthetic, and tactile methods of learning. Each lesson begins with direct instruction followed by exploratory learning activities and games. This allows students to practice and apply newly taught concepts in a fun and engaging way. I incorporate proven techniques for students with learning disabilities, including:
- cognitive skills training to address deficits in memory, attention, problem solving, and reasoning
- explicit, direct instruction in a step-by-step manner
- the use of visual aids, such as graphic organizers and hands-on manipulatives
Tutoring session take place in small groups of approximately 4 students on Saturdays. At Luminous Learning, we believe that students learn best in small groups, where they are give the opportunity to learn from both the instructor and their peers. Research studies show that, “Students learn a great deal by explaining their ideas to others and by participating in activities in which they can learn from their peers” (Boud, 2001). Some examples of the skills that students learn from small group instruction include critical thinking, communication, interpersonal, teamwork, and problem solving skills.
Approach: I use an Orton-Gillingham approach to teach decoding. This is a multi sensory, systematic and structured method of teaching reading that is highly effective with students who have language processing difficulties. Read more about Orton-Gillingham here.
- decoding (phonics)
- encoding (spelling)
Approach: I make writing accessible and enjoyable for all students as I guide them through the steps of the writing process using tools such as free writing, brainstorming, creating clusters and mind maps, and journaling. I also use sentence prompts, editing and revising checklists, and graphic organizers to help improve students' writing. Handwriting instruction is taught using Writing Without Tears or the PAF Handwriting program.
- handwriting and graphomotor skills for both print and cursive
- sentence and paragraph structure
- organization of ideas for expository, narrative, and persuasive writing
- writing process from brainstorming through drafting, editing, revising, and publishing
Approach: I use a combination of Stern Math and Bley and Thornton techniques to teach mathematics. The techniques I utilize focus on developing foundational math skills and remediate the following: number reversals, errors in computation, spatial difficulties, weak memory, language-based difficulties, poor reasoning and organization.
- number sense and place value
- measurement and data
- fractions and decimals
- pre-algebra and algebra
Colleen is an experienced special educator, adjunct lecturer, and current doctoral student at Columbia University. She is passionate teacher with one simple goal: to provide high quality tutoring to your child. She firmly believes that, with the right supports, every student can develop a love of learning and increased confidence in their abilities. Read more about Colleen's credentials here.