Based on Laura’s years of experience, she is able to individualize learning programs
to promote a student's overall academic improvement and personal growth.
Do you accept insurance?
No, I do not accept insurance.
What is the difference between a tutor and an educational therapist?
A subject-specific tutor teaches in 1 content area such as math, history, foreign language or science, usually. The work specifically focuses on building, teaching or re-teaching skills, needed to advance to the next level.
An educational therapist teaches strategies and tools that can be applied across the curriculum, including building compensatory skills that helps support the students success, based on their individual learning profile.
Do some students need a tutor as well as working with you?
Yes, many students (but not all) require a subject-specific tutor but still need the support of an educational therapist who can teach the building blocks of how to “do school” with more fluidity and ease.
Do you collaborate with schools, teachers and outside professionals?
Yes, indeed. I believe that by collaborating with teachers as well as other professionals involved in the life of the student, the student can truly soar.
Do your students get accepted to colleges and universities?
Yes. I am thrilled to say that for the last 10 years, every senior I have worked with has either gone on to a two year college or a four year university program (but most have gone on to four year universities).
What universities have your students attended?
University of Arizona, Arizona State University, Elon University, Loyola University, Syracuse University, New York University, Sarah Lawrence College, Boulder University, USC, UC Santa Barbara, Pepperdine University, UC Santa Cruz, Oregon University, Occidental College, to name a few.
Why do you do this work?
There is nothing more exciting and gratifying than to be part of the process of empowering a student to develop an “I can do it” approach, not only within the educational setting but in his or her life. It is thrilling to get a call from a student saying proudly, “Hey Laura, I got an 'A' on that paper!". It makes my heart sing. Or “I just got accepted to the University of Arizona!”. What could be better?
Do you stay in touch with students after they graduate high school?
Absolutely. I am currently working with two college students via Skype. The journey continues through the magic of technology.
Do you make outside referrals?
Yes I do. When appropriate, I make outside referrals to an excellent pool of psychologists, psychiatrists, psycho-educational diagnosticians, occupational therapists, hypnotherapists and nutritionists.
Is there ever a time that you provide support services for gifted students?
Absolutely. There are many gifted students who want to "fine tune" and "polish" their academic skills as they move through their educational careers. Anyone can benefit from learning how to apply specific skill building techniques.
How long with my child need your services?
This depends on many contributing factors; The severity of the learning challenge, the commitment of the family to make educational therapy a priority, the consistency of sessions, as well as the motivation of the student. Some students are able to apply new learning techniques and strategies quickly, while others need support for an extended time.
Do you keep parents in the loop regarding problems as well as progress?
Of course! I keep constant contact with parents to let them know how their child is progressing. I believe in a complete team approach.
Will you teach my child to become better organized?
This is a top priority. Your child will learn how to plan, organize and prioritize what needs to be done. This is an essential life skill!
Will you help my child to understand and grasp difficult classroom curriculum?
Yes. I focus on reviewing and re-teaching concepts, vocabulary and classroom material.
Do you see students over the summer?
I certainly do. The summer is an excellent time to fine tune reading, writing and mathematics skills, without the pressure that exists during the academic year.
Where do sessions take place?
Sessions are held in the comfort of my office.
Will my child outgrow his disability or diagnosis?
Your child can definitely learn compensatory skills to maximize his or her ability to succeed in and outside of the classroom. However when an individual has a specific diagnosis based on neurology of the brain, this is not something that your child will outgrow. If not treated, the devastating effects of failure and frustration can leave lasting emotional scars. Having said that, it is definitely possible and probable (with early intervention and the right professionals) to develop the necessary tools, strategies and methods to succeed, not only in the school setting, but in life! There are millions of talented, smart individuals who have learning differences who are tremendously successful in life.
In other words, diagnosis does not equal failure!