Home tuition programmes can provide valuable learning experiences for many children with additional needs. Of course we hope to see every child participating as fully as possible in supportive, inclusive school settings. However, we know that not all children have access to such settings. And in some cases, it may take time and highly specialised instruction to prepare them.
Based on the 2019/2020 Department of Education and Skills Guidelines, home tuition funding is available to children with special needs who are:
- unable to attend school (e.g. due to chronic illness)
- without a school placement
- between 2.5 and 3 years of age with a diagnosis of autism
This funding is provided to allow families to secure a tutor registered with the Teaching Council. Registered tutors must have specific qualifications. However, some families find it extremely beneficial to have assessments and intervention plan developed and supervised by a relevant specialist.
Additionally, some families choose to hire home tutors privately to supplement supports they receive at school.
Our team can help maximize your child’s learning potential and development. Whether you’re looking for guidance on strategies to develop specific behaviours or skills at home, or require development and supervision of a full home tuition programme, we can help.
How does it work?
We will work with the you to identity priority goals, outline an individualized plan, provide training and ongoing supervision as requested.
As with all of our services, the schedule and form of support is dictated by family preference and individual need. An initial consult is recommend to conduct preliminary assessment and establish parent priorities, after which a plan of action is agreed.
Where full assessment and programme development is requested, we will use any of the following assessment tools depending on the age or profile of the child, and family priorities:
- Early Start Denver Model Checklist
- Verbal Behaviour Milestones Assessment and Placement Programmes (VB-MAPP)
- The Assessment of Basic Language and Learning Skills (ABLLS)
- The Assessment of Functional Life Skills (AFLS)
- Inventory of Good Learner Repertoires (Ward, S, 2013)
- Other curriculum-based tools as relevant
Upon completion of assessment, we will provide a full report outlining results, priority goals, and intervention strategies. We can then provide ongoing progress monitoring, training, and supervision on an agreed schedule.