Educational therapy and tutoring services for all ages, 2 and up
- Diagnostic assessment for all or specific areas
- Reading and writing remediation, all grades
- Expert writing instruction and advanced composition
- Math foundations, critical-thinking and problem-solving in math
- Rapid, accurate homework completion and study skill development
- Interventions and skill development for specific learning disabilities
- Executive function and self-regulation strategies critical for school success
- Test-taking skills so students can show what they know
- Report Card Rescue
- IEP support
What is the difference between tutoring and educational therapy?
A tutor generally teaches subject matter with the goal of improving a child’s grade and performance in a particular subject or skill. The tutor provides systematic, individualized instruction based on the unique abilities of his or her student. In this way, a child who is uninspired or struggling gains mastery and confidence in the subject. Often, this can be a life-changing experience for a student because of the new skills, thought-processes, and individualized attention they receive. A tutor may also provide instruction for a specific entrance exam. In this way, a child learns how to approach each section of a test, as well as how to write a top-notch essay. The skills and confidence a child gains from tutoring prior to an entrance exam is invaluable.
The view and role of the educational therapist is broader. An educational therapist collaborates with the child’s family, teachers, doctor, and other specialists who may be providing services. Additionally, an educational therapist evaluates how the child’s behavior and cognition affect his or her learning and performance. With a focus on neuroplasticity, behavioral modification strategies and critical thinking skills are systematically and directly taught. An educational therapist has an advanced degree, supervised clinical experience, and an understanding of the underlying psychological issues which affect the social and emotional elements of a child’s life, both at school, at home, and in social settings. Educational therapists create a success plan, set goals, and continuously work to monitor the child’s progress and needs.
Additionally, educational therapists often work with a child for the duration of their schooling experience. Many parents recognize that their child will benefit from private instruction of this kind, in the same way they benefit from specialized private instruction in any other endeavor, such as piano, soccer, and the like. While educational therapists are often sought when a learning or behavioral issue presents itself, educational therapy is also beneficial for all students who want to get and stay on the cutting edge.
Day Prep offers both educational therapy and tutoring services, as well as test prep. Often a combination of both services is the best plan for the child’s growth. At Day Prep, tutoring services are offered by teachers, most with credentials and advanced training or degrees. College students studying for educational therapy are also available as tutors. In some cities, we have high school students with GPAs of 4.3 or higher who also provide instruction. In this way, we offer a variety of instructors and price points to meet the need of any client.
Educational Therapists and tutors at Day Prep are personally trained by Cara Day, building her practices, philosophies, and methods into their work. On-going collaboration between Cara and each teacher ensures implementation of the student’s success plan. Teachers complete required observation hours as well as supervised sessions as part of their training. The teachers enjoy all-team training days and demonstrate the highest levels of self-evaluation and growth as practitioners. Day Prep team members are true professionals who are emphatic and passionate about what they do. After the initial assessment, a learning plan with several options is explored, and each family determines the best course for their child based on the recommendations. For subject-specific or entrance exam tutoring, a complete assessment is available, but not required.
Isn’t tutoring for kids who don’t do well in school?
About 60 percent of the children we serve do not have a specified learning concern. Their parents recognize the importance of receiving specialized academic instruction, or academic coaching, as a part of the educational process. Academic coaching is becoming a standard part of life for many families, given the tremendous benefits it provides. The same way a child may have an expert coach for a sport or other talent, parents provide a coach for their child’s top endeavor–education!
We make a plan based on the goals and needs of your child and your family. This is a fluid program that changes throughout the year based on the child’s needs, school workload, and your vacation schedule. Our academic coaching and tutoring services allow parents to focus on connecting with their child through family meals, sports, and conversation–rather than homework. For our middle and high school students, the average time required for homework completion and test prep is cut in half. This is because the student is not self-distracting with devices or arguments, or struggling with material during homework time. They are excelling! The best practices they learn make homework completion and school easier for them. Students learn how to plan ahead and enjoy the many benefits of being prepared. This becomes their new way of being, their “comfort zone,” instead of procrastinating and scrambling. These successes build on themselves, creating top-notch scholars who become expert in the academic skills required for college, and life, success.
Do you work with children diagnosed with ADD?
We do not want a diagnosis for our child, but want extra help to help him be his best self. Can tutoring and family coaching help us?
ADD is sometimes overly and improperly diagnosed by medical professionals who spend very little time with a child. Well-meaning teachers are sometimes the first step in this cycle of improper and/or over-diagnosis.
Cara Day provides family coaching which helps families implement healthy habits around sleep, nutrition, and exercise for their whole family. Parents learn how to effectively and positively communicate with and guide their children when they are making choices that do not work well for them or the greater good. Tutoring services can be added to improve learning habits and academic achievement straight away. This can also reduce the overall stress level in the home. Proven, usable strategies for executive functioning are taught to parents and children. Through these interventions, behaviors that may readily be labeled as “ADD” begin to fall away as the family and children begin to implement life-changing skills. More importantly, they gain a quiet confidence and strong inner compass to guide them through every part of life.
At the same time, there are situations in which an ADD diagnosis and even medication can be helpful—even life-changing—for some children and families. There is no single answer. However, through family coaching, parents can cultivate a high level of awareness around the child, the family culture, the family’s daily habits, and the chosen school environment, which can help parents make the very best and most conscious decision for their child.
How long will it take for me to see results?
As with any therapy, some families express an element of relief from our first call and having the initial appointment set up because of the hope it provides.
Children develop behaviors and habits over many years of home life and schooling experiences. It takes time to incorporate new behaviors and thought patterns. Some elements of our instruction can be seen and felt right away—as early as the assessment or first few sessions! These can include overall confidence, relief that they are receiving help, a newfound belief in their ability to gain mastery of things that have been difficult for them, and practical tools and strategies they can begin using right away. Over time, children begin to incorporate new tools and ways of being more rapidly. The successes the child begins to experience at home, school, and among friends build an intrinsic desire to engage. We have seen this with even our most disgruntled and resistant learners. At this point, a child begins to self-evaluate and self-motivate–and even look forward to their coaching and/or tutoring sessions. What they are learning bridges to home, school, and social situations. Parents begin to hear new and positive language coming from their child about themselves and learning.
Many families first reach out for an initial academic and/or behavioral issue in regard to one of their children. Once the results of our work are seen and felt, most of our families continue to use our services for the duration of the schooling years, for all of their children. We become a piece of their family puzzle.