What subjects do you teach/What help do you offer?
I teach all elementary level subjects from preK to 6th grade including reading, reading comprehension, phonics, language arts, writing/composition, math, science and social studies/history. I also teach writing (papers/theses) editing, ESL, understanding inferences for middle schoolers up through adulthood. I have taught adults to learn to read and adults with autism how to understand inferences including the "deeper meaning" of what someone is saying. I can also plan out curriculum for homeschooling parents and guide them on the best ways to make learning easy and fun. I homeschooled my own son for 5th grade plus spent over 2 years helping a mother homeschool her 2 high functioning ASD children.
Is there a set program you follow for tutoring?
NO. Every child is an individual with different needs/likes/abilities and as such--no two tutoring situations have ever been the same for me. Once I know what the needs are as described to me by the parent, then I do an informal assessment and make a plan for starting to meet the set goals. I individualize each plan by making sure the work is as interesting and customized as possible to the student. For example, one upper elementary reading student liked to bake so I brought new fun cookbooks for us to practice reading each week, and left one with the family--she was allowed to bake from it, but had to FIRST read it to her mother BEFORE starting to bake! We also went to the library and found a 5th grade level series for her to read called The Cupcake Diaries. Whatever a child likes--I find it and incorporate it into the learning process! I also am reassessing all the time and will change assignments or programs of learning from one week to the next to adjust to the progress of each particular student. So you can see, I have no cookie cutter, "one size fits all" learning tracks or programs like with the large tutoring agencies--because I believe every child is an individual and deserves to have an education individualized to him or her!
How will my child be able to focus with you for an online session?
I will be individualizing the session to your child's particular needs, so I will be able to keep your child engaged, and also excite him or her about learning! I have boundless energy that comes across both in-person and online--I'm fun, bouncy, and my enthusiasm about learning is contagious! I will do what I would if I were there in-person with your child--stop and take breaks as much as every 15-20 minutes depending on the child's needs--and we'll both stand up, jump up and down, stretch, and more! I've been very effective at helping both tutoring clients and behavioral clients online--WHY am I better than the online schools? Click Here to find out more!
Besides online tutoring, do you tutor in person?
YES! However, due to the constantly fluctuating health situation in our area, and availability/distance, please ask/check with me for availability to do in-home and note what you prefer when filling out the contact form
What is your availability?
I am on the west coast in Pacific Time and available 9am - 9pm Monday - Friday with many hours of availability on Saturdays as well (contact me for specific availability)
What are your rates?
See the SERVICES PAGE (click here) for listing of what I offer.
Why consider me to help you? How many others have:
(1) 20+ years experience tutoring special needs individuals from preK-adult, PLUS
(2) many years experience working as a behavioral therapist with special needs individuals ages 2 - 72, now with BCBA certification, AND
(3) the invaluable personal experience of raising their OWN special needs kid (with autism/ADD/ODD)???
It's 3 different types of unique experiences in ONE tutor--ME! It's this "3-in-1" that places me above other tutors/behavior analysts out there because I not only know how to behaviorally handle and engage your child in learning and growing, I can also understand what you're going through as the parent as well!
This makes me a "well rounded" tutor/behavior analyst, and why I can call myself confidently the
"Special Needs Tutor Paula, BCBA."
How do I get started?
For tutoring, we will discuss your child's needs, the best way your child learns, and I will give you tips on how to help him/her that you can use right away! For behavioral help, I will ask about what you've been going through behaviorally with your child, what you've tried/what has worked/what has not worked, and start to formulate a plan with you for moving forward.
Let's start a conversation about how your child CAN learn and move ahead, and create a plan for individualized growth that will lead to success! Click the button below, or you can text me or email me at the contact info listed below. I look forward to hearing from you!