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5 Tips for Tutoring Students with Disabilities
Monday, July 16, 2018

by special guest contributor, Maria Hills

Learning disabilities usually affect the way children understand and process the information. Disabilities are neurological disorders that might manifest themselves as thinking, listening, writing, spelling, and doing mathematical equations. As a teacher, you must understand that students with disabilities need some accommodation and need to be taught differently so as to enhance their learning capabilities. Here are 5 tips for tutoring students with disabilities,

1. Use music and voice inflection

When moving to another concept, you need to use a short song to help you finish up a task before moving to another one. Use this approach when teaching them in the classroom and you’ll easily capture their attention. Disable students might also respond well to varied tones and voice reflection. So, make sure you use a mixture of soft, loud, and whisper tones. Using an exaggerating speech and proper pronunciation will help you learn the same principles.

2. Give appropriate and clear assignments

When assigning them homework, you need to take a lot of care. If the homework is too hard or takes longer to finish, then students might resist doing it. Homework should, therefore, be an extension of what they’ve just learned in class. So, make sure you explain this properly to them.

3. Break down the instructions into smaller tasks which can be managed

Disabled students often have a problem with understanding long winding statements. For those who have learning disabilities you should simple and strong sentences. Or instance you might need to break down a concept into smaller steps to ensure that students who are disabled understand what’s happening. Ask them to demonstrate that they’ve understood the facts. Do not give more instructions until you are sure that they’ve completed the previous tasks.

4. Ensure there is a clear home and school communication

Homework generally accounts for more than 1 fifth of the total time that students invest in their academics. Due to the fact that disabled students experience learning difficulties you need to avoid creating any dilemma. As a teacher of students with disabilities, you should communicate clearly and effectively with their parents so that they can help each other with homework policies, mutual expectations, and student’s performance. Always encourage students to keep their assignment tools and share information with other teachers concerning their strengths and other needs.

5. Give the students opportunities for success

Students with disabilities might feel that they cannot succeed in certain areas. However, structuring lessons in such a way that they lead to success can greatly help them keep motivated. Make sure you provide enough reinforcement for them to achieve, be consistent with the rules, correct any errors and always demonstrate any appropriate behaviors to them. Instead of letting them pick up on their own make sure you help them out.


Although these tips are very important for any classroom setting, students with disabilities can greatly gain from them. Helping students with disabilities both in and out of the classroom is one of the best ways for them to realize success. Remember, since they have special needs do not treat them as other students.


*Maria is part of the community outreach team at Edu Aid. Maria is passionate about ongoing education at all ages, and when isn’t learning new things is a keen walker and cyclist and can be found exploring.