Our Educational Philosophy
More success and less stress is our mission. At Special Solutions, we are passionate about listening and providing honest communication, the first steps in understanding how to educate your child. Parent and student expectations are often a source of conflict and stress. Safe, open communication allows us to set realistic expectations and create the best educational plan for your student.
Our founder, Shelley B. Smith, will be that sought after “special teacher” who cares deeply, understands limitations, guides and coaches the student, and provides support for your family. We believe that you deserve the support of a dedicated team. As part of our care team, Shelley works with the school, the family and her staff to develop a collaborative educational plan.
To help your child thrive in school and in the real world, we develop a continuum of services to meet individual needs in the academic, organizational, and social areas. Following a thorough assessment, we decide on a plan of instructional strategies and behavioral management systems. If your child has learning challenges, the best route to classroom improvement is one-on-one tutoring and coaching. As critical members of the care team, our tutors are highly attuned to the individual needs of each student.
Advocacy is an essential success strategy. Students with learning challenges should understand their unique learning styles and then be taught how to ask for what they need. This is an acquired skill that often takes students out of their comfort zone and does not come easily or quickly. Shelley provides coaching in this area and gives students the tools to independently seek out and receive the help they need to succeed.
Special Solutions believes that the setting makes a big difference in how a child learns. We guarantee a comfortable, calm, and inviting atmosphere that encourages productivity and confidence. Although we can send a tutor to your home, frequently the student prefers our home-like setting where there are none of the usual distractions. We provide an effective learning environment, taking into account your child’s learning style and needs.
Everyone at Special Solutions has the determination and commitment to make things change for you and your child. We will help you get the most from the educational system and provide appropriate supplemental education as needed. Our support systems, strategies, and advocacy assist you in charting a path to success and restore your optimism.