Expert tutoring, coaching, and classes

with an emphasis on stress reduction and confidence building.​

Help your child move from struggling to successful.

 

With 20 years of experience working with students in all grades, Katrina is an expert tutor who can help your child succeed. Her tutoring enables children to move through fear and resistance to feel more confident and comfortable with school. She also has excellent math and science tutors on staff.

Confidence Building

Stress Reduction

Study Skills

Reading Intervention

Meet Katrina Martin, MA; Associate/AOGPE

 

Katrina has 20 years of experience as a tutor.

 

Her passion is to help students feel more confident and calm about school. She does this by combining mindfulness techniques and practical tools that students can incorporate into their lives.​ She is Orton-Gillingham trained at the Academy Associate Level and provides expert reading intervention for students with dyslexia and other reading differences.

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Generally, services cost $90 per hour. See the tutoring page for more information.

 

 

 

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For those in the Burlington area, sessions might take place at your child’s school or in a library or coffee shop. Sometimes sessions take place in your home as well, depending on location. Online sessions are also available via Skype, FaceTime, Zoom, or Google Hangouts for those who have complicated schedules or live outside the Burlington metro area. Contact Katrina to find out which option would be a good fit for your student.

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How to Help Students Organize​

Last week I defined executive function skills and how they might affect students. Now I'd like to share some ways to help. This week, I'll focus on organization, and specifically having everything together for a particular task or when leaving the house to go somewhere. I learned this method from Sarah Ward of Cognitive Connections. She offers workshops for parents and if you have a student with executive function gaps, I'd recommend signing up for one. The idea with this tool is to help students visualize themselves with everything they need. While neurotypical individuals automatically create an image in their mind of what they need, neurodiverse students often do not have this skill. Therefore, creating an actual picture is valuable. Below is an example of an image you could create with your child to help them pull together everything they need to leave the house in the morning. Take a picture of them with the most typical items. A picture of them with their face is far more valuable than an image pulled off the internet. You can add words to it using a free design program like Canva. Put words on it that describe the items. Not too many, but just enough. If there are things in the backpack you can't see, like snacks, pens, pencils, and highlighters, you could put those words underneath the word backpack in a smaller font. The goal is to make it as visual as possible. Then, you can have this posted by the front door, on the fridge, or students can keep it on their phone and check it to make sure they have what they need.   There will be times that they need different things. Ask them, "What is the same and what is different about what you need today?" For instance, in winter they'll need a hat and gloves. Don't expect them to be able to do this independently on their own right away. At first, you can be there to check with them that their body matches the picture. Eventually, you can step back. Below is an example of an image you could create of what they need to do their homework. This could be posted in their room or wherever they typically do their homework.   I'm happy to help you and my students create these images at the beginning of school and act as an additional check in to help them remember to use them as the year progresses. ​

What is Executive Function?​

Many students with learning differences struggle with executive functioning. But what, exactly, does that mean? Executive functioning involves the following skills: 1.    Monitoring oneself2.    Being able to start and complete tasks3.    Organization of ideas as well as materials and working/living space4.    Planning5.    Maintaining attention and focus6.    Emotional regulation For instance, an older student with solid executive function skills can follow multi-step directions and start and complete tasks independently. But those who struggle with executive function might not be able to follow more than two or three steps at a time, and frequently become distracted with starting or completing tasks. Executive function develops in early childhood and continues to take shape throughout adolescence and into young adulthood. Our executive functioning comes fully online around age 25, though it could take longer for some students. Some students will develop skills faster than others. Although some signs of executive function struggles match up with the list above, such as difficulty with planning or staying focused, there are also other signs that aren't as obvious, including not hearing what another has said, becoming uncomfortable or even panicky with a change in routine, and emotional swings. If you suspect your child has executive function gaps, you can ask your pediatrician or family doctor to do an exam or evaluation. Depending on their findings, they may refer you on to a child psychologist, pediatric neuropsychologist, or learning specialist for a more comprehensive evaluation. From there, you can work with your child's teacher(s), special education department, and tutors and coaches like myself to provide assistance and instruction on how to manage and work with executive function gaps. If you suspect your child has trouble with executive function and you'd like to discuss options for help, please let me know. ​

Anti-Racist Reading Recommendation​

If you are looking for an excellent resource geared toward children that can foster conversations about how to understand racism as well as how to dismantle it in ourselves and our communities and institutions, I highly recommend This Book is Anti-Racist: 20 Lessons on How to Wake Up, Take Action, and Do the Work by Tiffany Jewell. For students younger than 11 or 12, you will want to read it with them to help them understand some of the more complex ideas presented. Students 13 and up can likely read it themselves, but working through it with them will create an excellent opportunity to discuss the ideas presented and do your own critical reflection. One caveat: this book may be challenging for students with dyslexia and other reading difficulties, and it is not yet available on audiobook, so I'd also recommend that parents read the book with those students. Jewell's book is broken down into sections: Understanding and Growing Into My Identities, Making Sense of the World, Taking Action and Responding to Racism, and Working in Solidarity Against Racism. In each section, there is a mixture of history, information, and opportunities for self-reflection. There are multiple journal prompts that create time for students to think about what they read and connect it to their own lives. There is also a robust glossary in the back that defines terms students may be unfamiliar with. The link above will allow you to order it from your favorite local independent book store. Or, use this link to order it from a Black-owned independent book store. ​

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