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Sylvan vs Huntington

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Posted Feb 03, 2005 at 2:08:38 PM
Subject: Sylvan vs Huntington

My son has an LD and ADHD. He's in his second round of Kindergarten, still isn't doing as well as hoped. Every person I've spoken with suggests more one on one tutoring.

Anyone have comments on Sylvan or Huntingtons programs?

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Posted:Feb 03, 2005 8:09:51 PM

I believe neither of these is set up to address the needs of LD children. I'm not so familiar with Huntington, but I've heard many negatives about Sylvan. Drill, drill and more drill is not what most LD children need. Also, I believe Sylvan does "small group" which does *not* provide similar benefits to one-on-one. You would be much better off finding a private tutor to work with your son. Ask around at the school, as they may know of former sped teachers who do private tutoring.

You may also want to look at therapies. Interactive Metronome (http://www.interactivemetronome.com ) has a good track record with symptoms of ADD.

Cognitive skills training is also often very helpful too. A good home program is Audiblox (http://www.audiblox2000.com ).

For reading, I recommend the Sound Reading CD from http://www.soundreading.com . Call the company to find out which CD to get.


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Posted:Feb 03, 2005 8:42:11 PM

I've posted before about these commercial tutoring centers. I don;t recommend them for any child, LD or not; the service is weak and certainly not worth the price beig charged.

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Posted:Feb 03, 2005 9:14:13 PM

Huntington still uses the same drill, drill, drill as Sylvan. I would recommend a private tutor. Finding a good one will take some work, but if you find a good one this will be useful. Either commercial tutoring agency is out and a waste of time and money. Some others like ClubZ are a mixed bag, and may have someone trained to teach ld kids effectively. What passes for instruction of ld kids is another thing.


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Posted:Feb 04, 2005 9:27:37 AM

I suggest taking a good look at the underlying neurodevelopment issues that your son is experiencing before addressing the academic level.

For your son to succeed, we need to figure out what is causing the "ADHD" behaviors. Perhaps he has not integrated the primitive reflexes that we are all born with... especially the symmetric tonic neck reflex (STNR). I suggest you read Stopping ADHD by Cook and O'Dell (they have a so-so web site www.stopping adhd.com) or you can buy their book at amazon. com.

Or maybe your son has sensory issues that are preventing him from attending: tactile hypersensitivities or visual-motor perception problems that could be checked out by a qualified developmental optometrist or a Handle screener (see www.handle.org). A good occupational therapist trained in sensory integration might also be helpful at pinpointing your son's issues.

Food or environmental allergies as well as nutritional deficiencies (especially essential fatty acid deficiency) can also present with "ADHD" behaviors.

I would not seek out a tutor until this detective work is successfully completed and you have a plan to strengthen the areas where he has "holes" (we all have some!!!).

Linda W.

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Posted:Feb 04, 2005 1:38:52 PM

While there are notable exceptions, for the most part the tutors hired by tutoring centers are teachers. They may be, as the Sylvan ads say, "teachers who really care" -- but for hte most part the training required is any teaching background -- so if it *happens* to be somebody trained in what will work for your kiddo, then you just might str9ike it lucky... *if* the structure of the tutoring setup doesn't do the same as the school systems do and make it nigh onto impossible to do what we're trained to do.

I would contact LD organizations (LDA, IDA) near you and see what options there are which will increase the chances that you'll have a tutor who will have the tricks up those sleeves to actually help your kiddo. The bags of tricks that Huntington & Sylvan have can be limited.

(There's also somebody who has seen this great big marketing opportunity and is starting a chain of tutoring centers geared at dyslexia -- not sure how that one's going to pan out. )

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Posted:Feb 04, 2005 4:24:14 PM

I see that the original question was from Illinois, but FYI , there is a non-profit center called the Commonwealth Learning Center which has a few centers in the Boston area. It is excellent at addressing the needs of LD students, both children and adults. The tutors are generally great and they provide high quality instruction using the Orton-Gillingham approach, Lindamood-Bell programs, etc. They also provide great teacher training. You can look them up at www.commlearn.com

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Posted:Feb 04, 2005 5:05:40 PM

There are some good places in Illinois, too (hey, I"m in Illinois :-)). There's a place near me that has been excellent for some folks, not as good for others.

Sue J, webmastress www.resourceroom.net

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Posted:Feb 04, 2005 11:19:47 PM


I am no where near Urbana, but I think I saw you 'somewhere on your bike'. Thanks for the info.

fellow illinois resident

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