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Learning disabilities association offers one-to-one tutoring help

An option is available this summer for parents of children who are struggling in school.

Many parents of children aged six to 14, who struggle with acquiring reading, comprehension, spelling and writing or basic math skills, find affordable summer tutoring is a challenge.

The Learning Disabilities Association — Fraser South Chapter (LDAFS) is offering one-to-one tutoring in Langley at the Langley School District administration office, located at 4875 – 222 St.

This is the second summer LDAFS has offered the program in Langley, but the program also ran this past spring and will continue this fall at Douglas Park Community School.  This program has also been running successfully in Surrey since 1999.

Children will be tutored by a specially-trained tutor who works under the direction and mentorship of an experienced, certified teacher using strategies developed to help the child with learning disabilities, Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) or any child who is behind in reading, writing or math.

However, a child does not have to be diagnosed as having a learning disability to attend the tutoring program.

At least 10 to 15 per cent of the population has learning disabilities. Many have difficulty learning to read and write but remain undiagnosed and not remediated.

LDAFS programs are designed to help these children by providing early intervention at an affordable rate.  In addition, some partial subsidies are available courtesy of the CKNW Orphan’s Fund, for families in financial need.

Tutoring is available starting next week (July 3) and will be offered until Aug. 24.

Students attend for daily one and one-half hour sessions, Monday to Friday, for two weeks.  Session dates are July 3 to 13, July 16 to 27, July 30 to Aug. 10 and Aug.13 to 24.  Students can sign up for one or more session dates.

The association asks parents to register early for the best availability of times.

LDAFS will also be offering a summer program that helps students with learning disabilities or ADD prepare for the challenges of secondary school.

Steps for Success is a program that teaches students to become effective self-advocates while providing them with essential study skills for success in high school and beyond.

The class size is small, so that attention can be devoted to each student. Students will learn how to understand and accept their learning difference, speak up about their strengths and learning styles, develop communication skills, and gain self-awareness and self confidence.

The program runs Aug. 13 to 17, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Douglas Park Community School, 5409 – 206 Street. More information is available at www.ldafs.org, or by contacting Tania at 604-591-5156.

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