Private Tutors for Autism
In the United Kingdom, more than one in 100 people are thought to be on the autism spectrum: in other words, around 700,000 of the UK’s population are autistic. Simply Learning Tuition provides one-to-one support through a team of highly experienced tutors, mentors, and specialist practitioners for children with autism. With our support your child will strengthen their learning abilities and develop greater self-confidence in their education.
For parents of a child with autism, navigating the educational journey can be particularly daunting. Keeping up with peers, managing relationships with school and indeed choosing the right school in the first place become more complex. However, with the correct support, your child’s strengths and talents can truly shine and their full potential can be unlocked.
What is Autism?
‘Autism is a life-long developmental disability affecting social and communication skills and the way in which people experience the world around them. It is not classified as a specific learning difficulty.’ (British Dyslexia Association).
Autism Spectrum Disorder, or ASD, is the medical name for autism. As indicated by the title, it is a spectrum condition, which means that each autistic student varies in their strengths and abilities. Many autistic students can be almost entirely independent; others need far more support. As the National Autistic Society states, ‘autism affects people in different ways. Like all people, autistic people have their own strengths and weaknesses.’ Autism itself is not a learning disability. However it may co-occur with specific learning difficulties. For example, dyslexia, dyscalculia, ADHD and other specific learning difficulties are prevalent in children who have autism.
Common Signs of Autism
Typically, students with autism have difficulty interpreting verbal and nonverbal language, such as someone’s gestures or tone of voice. They may find it hard to ‘read’ other people and their emotions. Students with autism may not pick up on implicit social cues or unspoken ‘rules’. For example, interrupting and speaking over someone else. This behaviour is generally considered rude, but autistic children do not understand this social logic in the same way.
Many autistic students have difficulty expressing their own emotions; it is hard for them to accurately identify and convey how they are feeling. They often have sensory sensitivity, where certain aspects of their senses — sounds, tastes, sight (e.g., bright lighting), and/or touch (e.g., rough fabrics) — can be too overwhelming. Another common characteristic is that many autistic children have highly focused or ‘special’ interests. A common stereotype is a passion for trains, but these interests can range across all sorts of genres, hobbies or careers etc. The University of Oxford notes that autistic students often have particular strengths, such as ‘their focus on a particular passion, their meticulous approach to detail or their ability to spot patterns in data’. Autistic students are often very honest, and rarely judge others, especially because in many cases they are not tied to social expectations.
Other signs of autism
Autistic children have some, or all, of the following characteristics to varying degrees. By themselves these are not necessarily markers of autism, but do commonly occur in those with autism:
- Not understanding social “rules”, such as not talking over people
- Avoiding eye contact
- Getting too close to other people, or getting very upset if someone touches or gets too close to them
- Noticing small details, patterns, smells or sounds that others do not
- Having a very keen interest in certain subjects or activities
- Liking to plan things carefully before doing them
You can find more useful information on the website of the National Autistic Society.
How Simply Learning Tuition Can Help
Simply Learning Tuition wants to help you find the best support for your child. We believe that every child should have the opportunity to reach their full potential, no matter what educational challenges they face. If your child has autism, it is likely that they will benefit from the support of an experienced SEN (special educational needs) private tutor. We introduce the highest calibre of private tutors who have the experience and expertise to help your child develop their skills and flourish.
Additionally, we have a network of additional support available from educational psychologists, executive function coaches and other SEN specialists, to give parents a multifaceted program of support that will enhance their child’s confidence, happiness and academic progress. We also provide mentoring for one-to-one support and empowerment. These trained mentors offer close support in a pastoral sense, beyond their core qualifications in academic tutoring.
We have seen first-hand how frustrating it can be for children who learn in a different way to their peers, and how rewarding it can be when challenges are overcome. As seen in one of our SEN case studies, a suitably qualified and experienced private tutor can make the world of difference. To discuss your child’s requirements, please contact us today.
Private Tutors for Autism
Simply Learning Tuition provides specialist tuition for students with autism. Each of the tutors approaches learning in a way that is both fun, and tailored for each child. They will help to enhance your child’s education by creating a safe, non-judgemental environment that will improve confidence and results, and rekindle a love of learning.
Alexa tutors students for entrance exams from 7+ to 13+. She also prepares students for interviews and scholarship applications.
Amy is a qualified teacher and specialises in English tuition. She also tutors Maths and prepares students for the 7+ and 11+ entrance exams.
Annabel specialises in working with children with specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia, focusing mainly on maths and English.
Daniela is an experienced teacher who tutors English Language and English Literature GCSE. She has experience with SEN students.
Dora specialises in 11+ and 13+ preparation and interview practice. She also has extensive experience tutoring students with SEN.
Emma is an experienced prep school teacher, who specialises in preparing students of 7+ and 11+.
Ewan is a qualified teacher, who specialises in Maths and Physics tuition up to ALevel. He can also support with biology and Chemistry up to GCSE, and has supported students for 13+ Exam Preparation.
James specialises in Science tuition, along with Geography and Art. He has particular experience preparing students for 13+ exams.
James, a former English teacher at an independent school, specialises in Literature and English as a Foreign Language tuition.
Jenny is an SEN specialist who has a huge range of home schooling experience and supports with English, Maths, Geography, History and Science.
Leon specialises in English tuition and is an Entrance Exam specialist, teaching from 7+ through to 13+. Leon also teaches essay-based subjects such as History, Geography and Social Sciences.
Mariam is an experienced teacher and SENCo. She specialises in English, Maths and Entrance exams at 7+, 8+ and 11+ and has a huge amount of SEN experience with primary and secondary school children.
Rebecca is a qualified teacher who specialises in Mathematics and English tuition. She prides herself on making sure her students master the basics so they have a good foundation to build upon.
Rosemary is a multidisciplinary tutor, who specialises in SEN support. She also teaches English, Geography, History, 7+, 11+ and 13+ Entrance Exams.
Sarah tutors Key Stage 1 and 2 Maths and English, and also Art. She teaches in a creative way, building confidence as well as ability and has a huge amount of SEN experience.
Shona is a qualified teacher. She specialises in teaching English and maths, including for competitive 11+ examinations.
“Russell is an intelligent, thoughtful and impressive young man. He has encountered some resistance from our son but is working through ways to deal with him and get to know him. We are impressed with his kind and gentle approach, through which he is starting to make some early progress”.
Mrs. C, Specific Learning Difficulties Mentoring
"Our tutor Laura is lovely and clearly holds the interests of SEN pupils to heart. She shows great fortitude and availability and plans her lessons insightfully."
Mrs. K, Year 7 Specific Learning Difficulties Tuition
Frequently Asked Questions
According to the NHS, characteristics of autism in young children include:
- Not responding to their name
- Avoiding eye contact
- Not smiling when you smile at them
- Getting very upset if they do not like a certain taste, smell or sound
- Repetitive movements, such as flapping their hands, flicking their fingers or rocking their body
- Not talking as much as other children
- Not doing as much pretend play
- Repeating the same phrases
According to the NHS, characteristics of autism in older children include:
- Not seeming to understand what others are thinking or feeling
- Unusual speech, such as repeating phrases and talking ‘at’ others
- Liking a strict daily routine and getting very upset if it changes
- Having a very keen interest in certain subjects or activities
- Getting very upset if you ask them to do something
- Finding it hard to make friends or preferring to be on their own
- Taking things very literally – for example, they may not understand phrases like "break a leg"
- Finding it hard to say how they feel
For the majority of autistic students, their academic ability is no issue at all. However when it comes to exams, and having to prove their knowledge, the examination can prove a detriment to their overall academic performance. It is important that autistic students receive the correct support to better their performance in their exams. Private tutors can cover more than just the content of the academic syllabus. If needed, a private tutor can, over time, work solely with your child on exam techniques and study skills.
1. Anxiety. Exams are a new and unpredictable experience, and can have a negative impact on your child’s mental and emotional health. Autistic students are more likely to have mental health issues such as anxiety and depression, according to the mental health charity Mind. This in turn can negatively impact exam performance.
2. Lack of Motivation. Your child may not understand why they must sit exams. Some students especially find them confusing if they know that they already have the subject knowledge. They may feel as though exams are pointless.
3. Sensory differences. Examinations are typically sat in exam halls. Often this setting is unfamiliar and can be too large, compared to the usual classroom which an autistic student is accustomed to. Typical exam-hall features, such as strip lighting, noise, smells, and even the invigilators walking around the hall can all comprise distractions and overwhelming aspects for a student with autism.
4. Focus. It is often more difficult for autistic children to sit in one place and complete the exam. Because of factors such as their sensory differences, the prospect of focusing in an exam can seem daunting without the correct support.
Tutors for children with autism can help develop their exam approach and self confidence in their learning.
Autism can have a more complex way of affecting your child’s emotional and mental wellbeing than for neurotypical students. It is often difficult for an autistic child to accurately convey their emotions, and thus to receive the correct support. It is important to listen to them, and help them feel comfortable and supported. Autism is a spectrum: each child is unique, with varying levels of ability, and different ways to correctly support them.
If needed, private tutors can create engaging and academically rigorous sessions for your child. A private tutor is invaluable in shouldering the pressures of academic support and allowing you to spend more quality time with your child. Mentors and tutors also help your child to develop their confidence and self-esteem. Your child's confidence in their own learning abilities is fundamental to their ability to succeed. Tutors for autism are therefore highly recommended for parents to help their children.
As the National Autistic Society asserts: 'Each [autistic] person is different, and an intervention or coping strategy which works well with one person may not be appropriate or effective with another.' Tutors are helpful for many children with autism, though it is important to find the correct support for your child. Simply Learning Tuition’s SEN expert Victoria Gallagher asserts that tutoring 'tailors the education to the individual need'. Each student with autism is unique. Therefore the standard method of teaching is often not enjoyable for ASD children, because of its ‘one size fits all’ philosophy.
Tutoring is one-to-one, focused solely on the student, and can therefore be tailored to each individual. Autism can make even the most menial of tasks feel overwhelming for the individual, especially when in a large classroom setting. Tutors for children with autism can thus offer a more comfortable alternative. Many autistic students also have specific learning difficulties (SpLD). Ultimately, students with an SpLD benefit from a safe, non-judgemental environment such as one-to-one mentoring and tutoring provides.
Simply Learning Tuition offers bespoke support to help you and your child on their academic journey, including providing academic tuition. However, we also provide a range of approaches to help nurture and expand your child's full potential, such as through our mentoring programmes. Mentors can be used for both academic and pastoral support. Our mentors are usually younger, professional tutors who have been trained in this area, and can thus be a trusted advisor, role model and confidant. SLT provides a range of support, including tutors for children with autism.
According to the NHS, Asperger's (or Asperger syndrome) is used by some people to describe autistic people with average or above average intelligence. Though some people with an Asperger's diagnosis still refer to themselves by that diagnosis, contemporary doctors no longer diagnose people with Asperger's, and now incorporate it under an ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) diagnosis.