When you learn that your child has a learning disability, you can feel confused, lost, and alone.

How will my child get through school? Where can I go for help? Will my child ever go to college?

Of special concern for learning disabled (LD) students is written expression. Because 90% of learning disabled children have marked deficits in executive functioning skills, learning disabled children (LD) often have trouble planning, organizing, remembering, and composing their ideas into successful written responses.

If that sounds like your child, we can help.

During the past 15 years, we have helped elementary through high school students with learning disabilities become more organized, persuasive, and independent writers. How do we do it? Through our research-backed and individualized approach to LD writing and English language arts instruction.

At WCP, we appeal to every child’s innate desire to achieve. Our goal is to enhance your child’s writing and English language arts skills while also addressing all needs related to academic performance.

At WCP, we improve your child’s writing and English language arts skills by:

• Using a multi-modal and flexible approach to instruction designed for your unique child
• Building on your child’s strengths, not dwelling on weaknesses
• Developing your child’s confidence, motivation, and independence

What Makes Us Different from Other Learning Disability (LD) Tutors and Consultants?

1. The Experience of Our Founder and Head Tutor and LD Consultant
• Susan Osborn, Ph.D., has spent over 30 years in education, in the Writing Program and English department at Rutgers University, in the lab at The New Jersey Center for Research on Writing, in admissions at Vassar College, and as a private tutor.
• Dr. Osborn is also an award-winning writer and scholar and she brings both her education smarts and her writing smarts to every student relationship.
• Dr. Osborn is the parent of two learning disabled children both of whom went on to win academic scholarships to college.

2. Individualized service
We know that one shoe doesn’t fit all. Our work with your child is tailored to serve your child’s individual needs.

3. Our Reputation for Quality and Commitment
Our mission is threefold. First, to help your child learn to think and write more clearly; second, to develop your child’s confidence, motivation, and self-esteem; and third, to develop your child’s ability to advance and work independently. We will do whatever it takes to make sure that your child doesn’t just succeed but thrives.

4. Emotional Support
We know that helping a learning-disabled child through school can be difficult and can put a strain on family relations. We want you to share your concerns with us. One of our most important responsibilities is to be here for you and we take that responsibility very seriously. Whether you need to vent or just need to talk things over, we want you to rely on us to support you.

“When we found out that our child had learning disabilities, we thought he’d never go to college. But Susan started tutoring him right away. At the same time, she helped us design classroom accommodations that were right for him and she fought along with us during IEP meetings. Best of all,  throughout the process, she listened to us with intelligence and sympathy. We could not have made it without her. And we’re proud to say that in March, our son was admitted to Rochester Institute of Technology where he was awarded $20,000 a year in scholarship money.”

Deb and Keith, parents of high school senior

Services
for students

Dr. Osborn’s research-backed, nonjudgmental instruction combines traditional methods with flexible teaching techniques to show your child how to:

• Break down a writing assignment
• Improve planning and organizational skills
• Remember ideas before and while writing
• Connect new information to previously learned information
• Improve inferential skills
• Locate and use textual evidence
• Develop ways to learn how to connect new information to previously learned information
• Detail and elaborate ideas
• Improve persuasive, narrative, argumentative, and analytical writing skills
• Create reusable sentence and essay formulas that can be applied to all school writing assignments
• Develop effective test prep strategies
• Develop confidence, motivation, and mental flexibility
• Explore assistive technology
• Develop self-knowledge and advocacy skills

for Parents

Dr. Osborn knows that helping a child with a learning disability can be emotionally difficult. That’s why she will work with you to:

• Find a qualified neuropsychologist
• Help you understand the learning implications of your child’s academic evaluation
• Help you design academic accommodations that best suit your child’s needs
• Evaluate your child’s present IEP or 504
• Plan and strategize IEP and 504 meetings
• Attend and advocate with you during IEP and 504 meetings
• Explore school options
• Make the best course selections for your child
• Determine the best college for your child
• Help you and your child through every aspect of the college admissions process
• Locate scholarship opportunities
• Support your child in a positive, nonjudgmental way

All instruction is conducted in a private, distraction-free environment.

 

 

What to Do Next?
Schedule a complimentary 30-minute consultation with our founder and head tutor, Dr. Susan Osborn.

I look forward to speaking with you about the many ways we can advance your child’s English language arts and writing skills and boost your child’s college admissions chances!

Susan Osborn, Ph.D.

All instruction is conducted in a private, distraction-free environment.
FROM THE PARENTS
“Susan is superb: organized, dedicated, encouraging. The collaborative writing and modeling work that she did with my son was just what he needed to regain his confidence and improve his grades.”
– Marty S., parent of 9th grader
“Our son was falling behind in his writing assignments, when he started meeting with Susan. Susan teaches her students a method for organizing their ideas that ‘clicked’ with our son, who had never responded well to the usual methods used in schools. She worked with him on specific assignments, not telling him what to write but helping him discover his own voice and his own intelligent responses. She then taught him how to write his ideas in a meaningful and coherent way. As a result, he passed English with flying colors, and is eager to apply to college, something we thought he would never do.”
– Leigh and Mitchell Y., parents of ADHD dysgraphic student
“Susan was a life saver.”
– Lynne, parent of ASD student
“We cannot thank Susan enough for all she gave us. The way she tutored our anxious son was nothing short of brilliant.”
– Ann and Frank W., parents of 11th grader
“I don’t know where we’d be without Susan. She helped us navigate the maze from neuropsych report through school choice, advocacy, better accommodations, and understanding. Our son is now thriving, thanks to Susan.”
– Laura D., parent of dyslexic dysgraphic student
“Just when we we’re about to give up, we found Susan. Susan will remind you of what a teacher really should be: patient, encouraging, and committed.”
– Marc M., parent of ADHD student
“Fighting for accommodations takes its toll. But Susan showed us how to advocate for our daughter firmly and successfully. Our daughter is now thriving.”
– Suparna R., parent of ADHD ASD student
    
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