What to Expect from Special Education Tutoring

Knowing what to expect from special education tutoring ensures your child gets the academic help he needs.

Tutoring for special education students usually takes place in the classroom in an inclusive environment with children who do not have learning, physical or behavioral disabilities or difficulties. However, foster children’s education is often patchy because they move from home to home and therefore school to school. As a result, they may require additional special education tutoring at home.

So what can foster parents expect from private tutoring in the home or online tutoring services? Here are some questions to ask a tutor:

  • What can the tutor tell parents about their child’s rate of learning – is it what is expected at this stage of a child’s development?
  • What can parents do at home, after special education tutoring has ended for the day, to help a child do her best at school?
  • Is the tutor applying specific techniques or interventions to help a child with his learning difficulties – techniques that parents could learn and apply during playtime?
  • What kind of study habits and skills will the tutor be teaching?
  • What will the child’s Individual Learning Plan (ILP) look like?
  • Does the home tutor provide progress reports?

Special Education Tutoring Should Cover a Wide-Range of Learning Abilities

The special education tutoring provider parents choose for their child should preferably use tutors who live within the communities they teach in and should offer a whole spectrum of services for children with special needs, such as:

  • speech and language impairments
  • autism spectrum disorders
  • hearing and visual impairments
  • learning disabilities
  • emotional and behavior disorders
  • delays in their development

For parents of children with physical disabilities, it is usually preferable to find a provider who offers home-based special education tutoring, such as Educational Tutorial Services.

Academic Goals Should Be Achievable

With diagnostic testing it is possible to establish benchmarks and to build up a student’s confidence with one-to-one special education tutoring at home. Assessment sheets are given to parents and, following discussions with parents and students, tutors put together achievable goals so students can reach the next benchmark in their development and learning process. Using a student’s own strengths to achieve continued learning success and therefore higher grades and improved test scores at school, tutors devise Individual Learning Plans that bring results.

Any special education tutoring provider parents hire for their child’s home education should at least offer the following:

1. Pre- and Post-Test Assessments

2. Individual Learning Plans

3. Monthly Progress Reports

You can learn more about Educational Tutorial Services’ special education tutoring programs here.