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Is it possible to find a tutor that has experience with ADHD?

User in Seattle, WA
June 24, 2018

I was just wondering if it was possible to find tutors that are more understanding of ADHD and really understand ADHD and can help with homework and other things.

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User in Stockton, CA
Jan. 19, 2017

Hello! I cannot speak for anyone else, but I can say that I have some very personal experience with people who have ADHD. I have a twin brother who at the age of 6 was diagnosed with ADHD along with other learning disorders. Growing up I was with him constantly. I helped him with his homework from elementary school through to high school. It would be a little challenging getting him to focus on homework and not talk a ton about Star Wars or video games, but we would get back on task and finish his homework. When I would help him with homework, I encouraged him to own his work. Instead of just giving him the answers like I had seen others do, I would guide him through his assignments and let him find the answers himself. This led to his academic confidence, and it was awesome to see him be proud of his own work. I know I am one of many who have experience, both professionally and personally, with students who have ADHD. Ask around your area, schools near you, and tutoring centers for tutors who have experience with students who have ADHD. Just keep your eyes and ears open, because I'm sure there are tutors nearby who have the experience!

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I definitely believe it is possible and agree with the posts above. One thing I have learned as an academic coach is that whether a student has ADHD or not, it is important to provide structure, accountability, and an agenda. If you are having challenges finding a tutor, maybe try to find a tutor that is patient and organized and let them know that your child learns best in a structured environment.

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Absolutely! Look for someone who is a current or former teacher. Chances are, that person has met and taught several kids with various needs including ADHD.

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User in Columbus, OH
June 9, 2016

I tend to be a very patient tutor who has no problems with helping a child with ADHD. My brother has ADHD-like signs/symptoms and I constantly tutor in math, science, and english; so I have experience with children who have some sort of attention deficits, and I have determined a few strategies that help the child have a better learning experience in both tutoring sessions and the contemporary classroom.

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User in Candia, NH
Oct. 21, 2016

Yes of course! Usually if you advertise or are looking for a tutor it should say that they are certified or have worked with children in Special Education. Just make sure you mention that before asking someone to tutor your child so there is no issues.

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Yes, it is. I worked with Special Needs students for over 20 years. My students, for the most part, presented with ADD an ADHD. I understand their need for organizational skills, time-management and self-management so that they are successful in the educational setting. I am available.

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Reeta in Clifton, VA
May 30, 2018

Hi, I have a disability myself and am willing to tutor your child. If you are not in my area, we can try online tutoring, please feel free to message me.

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Yes, it is possible to find a tutor that has experience working with ADHD. I have assisted families with children with ADHD. When working with children, even those with ADHD, one must have patience and have the ability to think outside the box during the sessions to keep the child engaged. Perris Beal Intuitive Tutors intuitivetutors.org

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definitely, in fact it is possible to find tutors who specialize in kids with ADHD and have many strategies for helping them stay focused at the task at hand.

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In your post, mention that you have a child diagnosed with ADHD and prefer someone with experience with it.

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Yep! Plenty of tutors have experience working with kids who have ADHD or have ADHD themselves.

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User in Spring, TX
Sept. 27, 2017

Yes, some tutors (like me) are already experienced in working with students who have ADHD.

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Cam in Columbus, OH
June 1, 2017

They do exist, and they do help. I am not one of them however, as it takes a special kind of person.

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User in Las Vegas, NV
Jan. 25, 2017

I think I have ADHD (Inattentive) (moderate) which means my brain is acting like bouncing balls or Rotating Disco Ball Light inside the nightclub.  Simply put, one thought comes to the brain and another thought interferes 5~10 seconds later and keep on happening and almost forgets the first thought.  In this situation, you may experience "messy or scattered" room which is normal for "inattentive" ADHD people compare to "absolutely spotless clean" like most "non-adhd" people.

 

For hyperactive ADHD, it is very important to be patient.  I tutored this 2nd grader for first time and he was running wild and jump on to sofa while him & I was working on his math homework.  So, what I did was stay patient and worked with him even though that child is not being still because it is just momentary / temporary.  As the child comes back to the desk or table, continue from where you left off and go over previous one to make sure child gets it before you move to next one.  It took me 1 hour to finish that 1 page.

 

As I found later, it is important to create an environment that is not boring, empty, dead, or nervous because there is nothing to see when his brain is very active.  Here are couple of tips to help your son:

 

1.  Create some kind of sound and images around him

Create characters from the story, math symbols +  -  x   ÷ or figures with names, scene from the story, or post important reminders (homework due dates) (important notes about specific character / place)  around his work area (it should be messy).  He may not fit well with library setting but may fit with a room with music on or near the construction site where there are consistent noise.  In other words, those noises gives him sense of security that something is there or someone is there.

2.  Create fun and colorful room

Since ADHD brain is highly active, his environment has to be active as well or he will feel nervous.  Simply put, he needs to see things to slow down its madness to concentrate better or his brain will go haywire entire time (if that place is empty or too clean) to find something to see.  In other words, seeing means receiving information to his brain.

 

I hope it works.

 

If it is really severe, find ADHD Specialist in your area (Seattle WA or Tacoma WA).  Or even in Vancouver Canada.

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I am a professional tutor experience with students with ADHD. I have worked with children, teenagers and adults who have ADHD, and children in the system. It is possible to find such a tutor, but easily finding one is another story. You may have to branch out of care.com to find a tutor with experience. Where are you located? Kimberly http://kimberlytruong.com/ https://www.care.com/p/kimberl...

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I actually have ADHD(inattentive type), as the others have said, make sure you keep things structured, and it's always good to have a small break in between. One thing, and this is something that has actually worked with me, which is why I have limited myself right now to online tutoring(also because I'm a college student), is that the studies I have read say that for students with learning disabilities, a multimedia approach works rather well, it gives the student a vast array of ways to get the knowledge so they don't get bored just staring at the same thing over and over again. Also, side note, I would recommend getting a fidget toy, or even a biting bracelet/necklace/etc, as they can help the student keep focus because it keeps their hands busy, this coming from personal experience. 

User in Las Vegas, NV
Sept. 28, 2017

Hi Rebecca, I think I have inattentive ADHD like you. I'm math tutor (in care.com) but I struggle with reading. One teacher told me to "find the main idea" and "find what supports main idea from its passage/paragraph." Will you share/give me some of your tips how to read more efficiently to comprehend more and understand better? I'll really appreciated. Thanks

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User in Pembroke, MA
Nov. 21, 2016

Aloha! YES! Many tutors, especially those who are teachers, are familiar with the needs of a student with ADHD. I would suggest contacting your student's teachers/guidance counselor for input first and then seek help outside of school if needed. Best of luck!

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Hey, Yes, it is. We have certified teachers who have been trained to work with students that have ADHD. They provide help with homework, study skills, and provide tips/strategies for children to stay focused. If you would like me to help, please let me know! Thanks, Deju Green Edge Education Consultant www.edgetutoringservices.com

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User in New York, NY
Sept. 4, 2016

Yes, absolutely. I think any experienced tutor has worked with a few kids with ADHD, whether they knew it or not, and learned some good skills for helping kids with organization. 

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User in Jamesburg, NJ
June 10, 2016

Yes. When you advertise for a tutor explain that you need someone certified in Special Education.

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It is definitely possible to find someone who can work with your student. I am a special education teacher and tutor students with ADHD and other disabilities. Even if someone does not have experience with working with children with ADHD, it doesn't mean that they would not work well with your child. You know him the best and could give some pointers to an inexperienced tutor. 

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User in Fordland, MO
June 12, 2016

Certainly! Most employed or retired Special Education teachers will have experience with a variety of disabilities, including ADHD. Like me! Be sure to specify in your ads for a qualified tutor the need for ADHD experience, and the age of your child.

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Yes it is. Some teachers have ADHD themselves and can understand the challenges and compensations needed.

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User in Sarasota, FL
Aug. 18, 2016

You certainly can ask for someone with experience working with whatever needs your student has or needs addressed.  Sometimes this will be educational coursework, sometimes educational certification and sometimes simply having the experience of working with people with similar challenges.  It is important to share relevant information with your potential service providers.

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User in Haughton, LA
June 10, 2016

Hello. I am very supportive as my brother had it. This is one reason I added hours in Remedial Reading at the undergraduate level as part of adding elementary endorsement to my degree, and that I included a course in Reading Diagnosis and Corrections at the Masters level. Of course I would be patient with the child/student.

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Frances in Bronx, NY
July 13, 2018

I feel as though this question is perfect for myself. As a child I grew up with ADD, as a adult i have experience helping out my fellow pupil with ADHD. it is very simple to do actual. Our brains get bored quick so short 5 minute breaks are necessary.

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User in Haughton, LA
July 16, 2016

I just want to add I certainly have had experience with students with ADHD and am prepared to help them succeed. You can find me. :)

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I have a lot of experience working with ADHD students. The key is having a lot of patience,many teachers don't.

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Leigh in Holyoke, MA
June 27, 2018

Yes, this is possible. I work with kids with these issues and have for years. It's definitely a good idea to ask about this specific experience. These kids need frequent breaks, and someone who really cares, and can be creative about how to teach and learn. Sometimes we have taught through movement, and dance, or other avenues, depending on the child's issues and interests. Feel free to write to me to discuss this more! - Leigh

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You want to find someone that understands that all children learn differently. The important thing is to make learning fun for the student and for the person teaching the lesson.

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Yes, I'm a tutor, and I have plenty experience with ADHD. My brother has ADHD, and I work with him a lot, so it'll be little to no difference with your child.

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