Tutoring for Children with ADHD: Is It Effective?
Here to Help Struggling Students with ADHD
To most families and teachers, it’s common knowledge that children with attention issues can get easily distracted and miss out on classroom content. All it takes is a talkative peer, distractions outside the classroom window, or simply a wandering mind or daydream, and a child with ADHD is no longer tracking with their teacher. Important information needed to complete that evening’s homework, an upcoming test, or a current assignment never sinks in, and suddenly the child is lagging behind their peers. And when a child frequently struggles to keep up with classmates, it can impact confidence, love of learning, grades, behavior, and more.
The Benefits of Conventional Tutoring for Children with ADHD
Tutoring provides a way for classroom content to be “re-taught” to a child who, for whatever reason, didn’t grasp the information the first time it was presented. Because tutoring is often done one-on-one or in small groups, it can be helpful for a child with ADHD, because the distractions of trying to pay attention and learn in a large group are minimized. Tutoring might also help (in the short-term) bring a student’s grade up in a class.
The Downside of Conventional Tutoring for Children with ADHD
Tutoring is one form of accommodating a child with ADHD. Other forms of accommodation might include allowing a child to take a test in a quieter space or allowing extra time to complete an assignment.
Accommodating a learning struggle is an expedient solution. It can help a child get through an assignment or class, but it doesn’t address the root of the problem. This is why families of struggling children can find themselves paying for tutoring year after year after year.
Attention is One of the Brain’s Core Skills
In understanding the options that exist for a child who struggles with ADHD, it’s important to know that attention skills are part of a suite of core skills that the brain uses to think, learn, and perform. These cognitive skills include: attention, short-term memory, long-term memory, logic & reasoning, auditory processing, visual processing, and processing speed.
The key thing to know about cognitive skills is that they can be exercised and strengthened. LearningRx provides a form of cognitive training called brain training. At LearningRx centers across the nation, clients work one-on-one with personal brain trainers, doing intense mental exercises about an hour a day for 12 weeks or longer, depending on the program (online options available).
Clients typically experience sizeable, often dramatic, improvements in cognitive abilities (including attention) following 1-on-1 brain training with LearningRx. And because the improvements are lasting, clients usually do not return for brain training year after year. Many get the results they need and go on with their lives.
When Is Tutoring a Good Choice for your Child with ADHD?
Is tutoring alone ever a good solution for a child who is struggling with learning? Sometimes. If external factors (illness, relocation, disrupted teaching) have caused your child to miss out on classroom content, hiring someone to redeliver that content makes sense.
Research shows, however, that the majority of learning struggles are caused by weak cognitive skills. And because cognitive skills work together to grasp and process new information, even one weak skill can cause learning challenges. If your child is consistently struggling with learning, paying attention, staying focused, reading, or processing information, tutoring may not be the right option for you. In fact, we’ve seen tutoring alone cause so much frustration for families experiencing these types of struggles consistently.
That’s because re-learning information over and over again isn’t the “answer” for when a student is struggling with learning and attention skills consistently.
When Is 1-on-1 Brain Training a Good Choice for Your Child with ADHD?
As a parent, how can you know if weak cognitive skills are at the root of your child’s struggle? The simplest, quickest way to find out is to have your child cognitively assessed. This one-hour test measures cognitive performance and pinpoints any weak skills that may be making life for your child harder than it needs to be. If test does reveal weak cognitive skills—attention or otherwise—these skills can then be targeted and strengthened with brain training.
To learn more about our Brain Skills Assessment, consultation, and 1-on-1 life-changing programs here at LearningRx, find your local Center here. You can also take our Brain Skill Quiz to see if cognitive struggles are causing your child’s day-to-day struggles. Click here to learn about our 1-on-1 virtual programs.