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Summer time...no books, no homework, no tests!  However, if you have a child with challenges, that may not be the case.  My son had to be tutored all summer, every summer until 7th grade.  He essentially never got a break from school, being tutored 2-3 hours/day, 3 days a week all summer.

If you haven't considered tutoring over the summer, even though it's not the ideal summer activity, your child will greatly benefit from it.  This makes the beginning of the next school year a much easier transition.  Due to Colton's short term memory challenge, if he wasn't tutored over the summer, the first several months of the next school year were stressful and overwhelming.  He forgot much of the information from the previous year and felt lost and defeated as he attempted to "catch up" with the rest of the students. 

A short term memory challenge isn't the only reason to be tutored over the summer.  No matter what challenge your child deals with, even if they don't have any challenges, tutoring will give them a leg up and a jump start on the next school year.

When choosing a tutor for your child, try to choose someone they are familiar with.  Many teachers choose to tutor students over the summer.  If there's a teacher your child has a good rapport with, talk to them about the possibility of tutoring.  High school or college students also make great tutors and can quickly develop a strong connection and relationship with kids.

No matter who tutors your child, you will want to talk to their current teacher and find out what areas of study they will benefit from tutoring the most. What subjects do they struggle in?  Or do they just need to keep up with and sharpen reading skills?  Talk with the teacher they will have next fall as well.  Ask him/her to give you some worksheets on the subjects or areas of study that they feel tutoring will benefit your child the most.  Any teacher would be happy to supply worksheets and material.

Of course, most tutors, whether a teacher or student will most likely want compensated for their time. We were responsible for paying the tutor ourselves, so the financial belt had to be tightened. However, we could not put a price on our son's education and the benefit tutoring gave him.  You may be fortunate enough to find someone who has a heart for kids and just wants to see them succeed and won't ask to be compensated for their time and effort.  

Search FIND, contact ASK Resource Center or your local AEA.  Contact colleges, they may have students who need the experience of working with unique kids.

As always, think outside the box!

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