One-on-One Tutoring & Educational Assessments for Dedham Studentsadmin2023-09-04T08:45:49+00:00
Our Private Reading & Math Tutors Are Specialized in Helping Dedham Students With Learning Challenges Including Dyslexia, ADHD, Language-Based Learning Disabilities, and More
The Commonwealth Learning Center (CLC) is a non-profit educational center established in 1988 by the Stratford Foundation. We provide one-to-one teaching, assisting students from Dedham and beyond, using a customized plan to meet the needs of each student.
Our teachers have special expertise in working with students who have learning disabilities, including dyslexia, ADHD, language-based learning disabilities, non-verbal learning disabilities, and executive function difficulties. Our team also offers educational assessments.
The CLC offers programs for students in kindergarten through twelfth grade, for college students, and for adults who wish to improve their basic skills. Tutoring services are available in reading, writing, math, exam preparation, academic support, and study skills. Our educators are highly skilled and trained in methods that have been proven to be particularly effective for students who struggle to learn through traditional curriculum materials.
From learning to master their note-taking skills to strengthening their understanding of how to be successful with learning differences such as dyslexia or ADHD, our students thrive in our relaxed and supportive teaching environment.
Commonwealth Learning Center
220 Reservoir St #6
Needham, MA 02494 (781) 444-5193
Here are some of the services we offer our Dedham students:
Personalized Dedham Massachusetts Education with the Commonwealth Learning Center
Commonwealth Learning Center (CLC) stands apart from other tutoring centers. Other tutoring services often use group settings to tutor their clients, but we provide individualized attention by helping them one-on-one. We believe that every client arrives at the CLC with their own personal challenges and educational goals. We support students of all ages (K-1 through adult) in a compassionate, patient environment.
We’re the perfect solution for learners who need a little extra help getting over obstacles to those with learning disabilities. Our programs and teaching methods are designed to address clients with learning disabilities that include dyslexia, ADHD, language-based learning disabilities, non-verbal learning disabilities, and executive function difficulties. Our instructors hold advanced degrees in special education, reading, and math and are certified to teach students with learning challenges.
There are 4 primary areas we provide services for:
Your First Step at CLC: Educational Evaluations
Early intervention is essential in helping a child do well in school and throughout the rest of his or her life; that is why CLC offers educational evaluations to help determine if a student has a learning difficulty and is suitable for a particular learning style. These assessments can help change a student’s life by allowing them to grasp concepts that had previously alluded to them.
We offer a free-of-charge consultation with the CLC director for all new clients which includes a review of previous exams and results. Finding out about each student’s strong points and weaknesses helps us create a personalized approach just for them.
Post-evaluation, we review a testing report with each student and their parent that clarifies areas that need support and which of our programs we recommend.
Our Tutors Help Dedham Students With Reading
Learning to read is often one of the toughest things for a young student to accomplish. We help students in the Dedham Massachusetts area become stronger readers with the help of our many accredited programs that have been proven to help master reading skills. Each of these can treat dyslexia and other problems that make reading challenging. Some of our reading programs include:
This is a great choice for learners who have a difficult time matching sounds with associated letters and who often pause when trying to get through a sentence. It is a phonetically based program that teaches students the basic building blocks of the English language and then builds from there.
Wilson Reading System
This 12-step program is perfect for students who have a challenging time with spelling and reading individual words when they’re not being used in a sentence. The steps is a little more advanced than those from Orton-Gillingham and help students remember principles through repeating concepts. The program is effective because students review the current reading and writing concepts taught to make sure they can absorb them before the instructor advances them to the following level.
Lindamood Phoneme Sequencing™ Program
Also called LiPS, this program helps students who are not able to process individual sounds in words by showing them how to speak words in order to write and read them. It teaches how the tongue, lips, and mouth form certain sounds which produce letters and words.
Nancibell® Visualizing & Verbalizing®
This program helps students develop mental imagery as they read and hear words. This form of learning helps them succeed academically across many courses of study before reading and writing.
Math Tutoring in Dedham, Massachusetts
We work with students to reach their potential in math using a variety of teaching strategies in all mathematics levels from basic adding and subtracting to advanced pre-college math. Our unique math programs help students of all skill levels “see” solutions to solve problems. We show learners how writing down math formulas and solutions assists them in retaining what they’ve learned.
For younger learners, our TouchMath program uses a multisensory approach that shows kids to count and touch TouchPoints to add, subtract, and multiply numbers.
We Help Dedham Students With All Types of Test Preparation
When Dedham MA students must face an exam for college or high school admissions, we help take the tension out of getting ready for it. We help students on an individual basis prepare for the PSAT, SSAT, MCAS, SAT exams and more. Our instructors stay informed of the sorts of questions in these exams so they can reveal to students how to be prepared and confident for them.
We also help adult clients prepare for their GED exam so they can attain high school completion, which will help them open up more job opportunities.
CLC Tutoring Delivers Many Student Benefits in Dedham MA
We provide plenty of vehicle parking at our centers as one of our other differentiating advantages. Our centers are modern and well-equipped with computers. We provide private work areas to avoid distractions.
A safe teaching environment is one of our priorities which is why all CLC instructors must undergo a strict background check. Our teachers are educated in specialized multisensory programs.
Some students may be eligible for financial aid with CLC. Siblings of clients qualify to receive a 10% discount on tuition. We don’t lock our students into contracts; they keep visiting CLC for as long as they need our help.
Take the First Step and Contact Us For Your Free Assessment
Feeling ready to help your child move forward on the next step to fostering their learning? Get in touch with us today to arrange a complimentary assessment.
ADD vs ADHD: Is There a Difference?
ADD and ADHD are two terms that many people easily confuse. Don’t they mean the same thing?
Yes and no. At one time, ADD (attention deficit disorder) and ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) were two slightly different diagnoses. ADD in children was defined by symptoms that didn’t include hyperactivity, but being more withdrawn, “spacey”, and having a hard time focusing and listening to instructions. ADHD in kids, on the other hand, was defined by having an abundance of energy, talking incessantly, and demonstrating “bouncing off the walls” behavior.
Today, however, ADD is considered an outdated term while ADHD is the medically recognized name for any behavior that indicates an inability to focus, whether the child is “hyper” or not. So, attention deficit disorder in children really falls under the umbrella of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. But your children’s doctor may still use ADD or ADHD to describe your child’s specific condition. They may still prefer to give an ADD diagnosis or an ADHD diagnosis to avoid confusion.
Diagnosing ADD and ADHD in Dedham Kids
So, will your doctor conduct an ADD symptoms test or ADHD assessment for your child to determine if they have either? Believe it or not, there’s no single test to diagnose ADD or ADHD. Your child’s doctor will instead interview you, your child’s teachers, relatives, and other adults they come into regular contact with to determine if their symptoms are in line with ADD or ADHD. They’ll use standard guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics or the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) when making the diagnosis. Your child will also have their vision and hearing checked and receive a full physical exam to rule out any other medical conditions that may be causing symptoms similar to that of ADD and ADHD.
If your child is diagnosed with either, it’s important to let their educators know so they can work with them and make recommendations to you to help improve their focus in the classroom.
Dedham, Massachusetts is a town and the county seat of Norfolk County, which is 6 miles S of Newton, Massachusetts and 10 miles SW of Boston, Massachusetts. Situated at the junction of routes 95/128 and 93, Dedham provides an excellent location for its residents and businesses. The median income in Dedham, MA is $83,438 and the median home value is $383,700. The town of Dedham’s population is 25,397 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of 6.79% and an unemployment rate of only 3.9%. Dedham is a hip, happening, historic little town right on the edge of Boston with endless possibilities for people to visit and enjoy history.
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