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Does anyone have advice for tutoring my cousin who is a rising second grader with severe behavioral problems?

In Topics: Learning styles and differences
> 60 days ago

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Louiseasl
Aug 7, 2009
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What the Expert Says:

Hello Joni,

Thank you for writing to JustAsk.  Before you can establish a tutorial program you need to see what programs for behavior have been outlined by the school district.  If your cousin has not been receiving any behavioral interventions then his/her parent or guardian should ask for a meeting with professionals within the school that help to evaluate and determine programming, if needed, for children with special learning challenges.  

In the meantime, without knowing the kinds of assistance he/she needs, I would recommend trips to library for her to peruse all kinds of books, computer programs and fun resources. (Some even have educational games you can borrow for a short while.)  The children's librarian can assist you.  Also, many school districts have family support centers that provide materials for summer development.

There are several great links on this website full of fun ideas that help with learning for entering second graders.

You may also find the website below fun for a child with attending and learning challenges.

Good luck!

Louise Masin Sattler, NCSP
Nationally Certified School Psychologist
Owner of Signing Families
http://www.SigningFamilies.com
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Laws
Laws writes:
Having been a teacher for about 13 years I have found that one of the best ways to control a child's behavior is to just get them interested in whatever you are teaching them.  So just ask your cousin what he enjoys doing or observe what he gravitates to.  Does he like cars, video games, football, art..?  Then creatively incorporate those interests into your lessons.  Turn teaching points into songs, games.  Just make it FUN!

Additionally, keep the sessions short.  Do an activity and when you see him beginning to get fidgety stop, let him take a drink, stretch his legs before resuming.  

It may take trial and error but eventually he will look forward to you coming but remain firm and let him see that you care.  He will settle down.
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