Tutoring in Writing

Many children, teens, and young adults struggle with writing. The challenges individuals face with writing may stem from a written language issue or may be more of an executive function (EF) issue.  NESCA’s speech-language pathologists and executive function tutors are available to support students who have difficulty with the writing skills and assigments.

Executive Function Writing Tutoring

As a part of NESCA’s executive function coaching services, NESCA frequently supports students with their writing – particularly students who have executive function challenges and who may experience frustration or emotional dysregulation related to writing. Since the writing process relies so heavily on the use of almost all of the executive function subskills, it can be highly beneficial for these students to receive tutoring in writing through the lens and from the perspective of an executive function coach and tutor.

To be successful, a student needs to know:

  • where to start (task initiation)
  • how to sustain focus on long periods of time (focus and effort; impulse regulation)
  • how to organize their writing ideas (planning and organization)
  • how to prioritize these ideas based on the writing purpose and genre (mental flexibility)
  • how to reflect back on the writing to review and revise (self-monitoring)

NESCA’s EF tutors have experience supporting writers from elementary school through college year-round – including summer – with their daily, project-based, or summer homework. NESCA’s tutors can also support high schoolers and young adults with college essay writing, among many other areas.

Written Language Tutoring

Speech-Language Pathologists can often address written language challenges in students. NESCA’s SLPs use Bonnie Singer’s (Architects for Learning) Brain Frames program in one-on-one tutoring to help students with written expression and language organization. This type of tutoring helps students in the areas of language comprehension, and oral and written expression. By using the Brain Frames visual tools, NESCA’s SLPs can help students of any age organize their ideas so that they can synthesize what they hear and read into clearly written and accurate content.

Ongoing therapy is typically recommended once or twice weekly for 45-minute sessions based on a child’s areas of need. Therapy for preschoolers is often play-based and focuses on a child’s interests to foster communication development. For school-aged children and adolescents, therapy often focuses on communication related to academics and social interactions using a combination of direct teaching and preferred games or activities.

For more information on Tutoring in Writing through NESCA, please complete our online Intake Form or email info@nesca-newton.com.