Back to School and Remote Learning Support
As back to school versus remote learning decisions are being changed day by day, AZ+A introduces Study Partners to support students and families, regardless of where they learn. Keep up on the changing dynamic of school expectations and readiness.
We Can Help!
Study Partners offers:
- Support to children who experienced disruption this spring which may impact their social skills and emotional regulation.
- Strategies for any child who is at risk of falling behind because they’re struggling with focus or behavior in the (home or school) classroom.
- Help to students with diagnosed with learning disorders such as ADHD, Autism and Asperger’s, or Sensory Processing Disorders.
- Support for parents who are working from home while homeschooling or facilitating remote learning through their child’s school. Utilizing a study buddy can alleviate some of the unavoidable stress when mom and dad also become teacher, playmate, etc.
Study Partners may appear like a tutoring program, but it offers so much more. We combine our OT lens and our understanding of children’s profiles to further growth that occurs in therapy or in a classroom.
For existing clients, Study Partners are designed to enhance the benefits of your personal therapy sessions. Supplementing weekly therapy with the addition of Study Partners and an age-appropriate social group provides the total package in strengthening social skills, emotional health, and resiliency.
Study Partners is open to any child impacted by the pandemic or life changes. We offer an extra layer of assistance as kids and families navigate changes at home, school, and in society. Sometimes all it takes is having one person to help keep you on track. This program offers reassurance for students in need.
Education from a Developmental Lens
Understanding Your Child’s Profile for Learning
Our understanding of their education profile coupled with their developmental profile increases the chance for academic improvements. Knowing how a child learns, communicates and feels are all important components to academic success.
Child Led Discussions Around Concerns and Worries
Unlike a tutoring session that works on specific assignments only, we are trained to follow the cues of the child. Yes, homework will get done but if there are stresses or anxieties involved, we’ll start to uncover those as well.
Help with School Organization and Potential for Overwhelm
Sometimes it takes a Study Partner, or anyone who is not their parent to offer suggestions how to organize study materials to prevent being overwhelmed by homework each day. We observe your child’s patterns and nudge them in new directions.
Give Parents a Well-Deserved Break
Balancing work/family was difficult before COVID. Now the pressure to organize safe activities for their kids, preventing spring/summer learning loss, back to school uncertainties… it’s all too much. Study Partners takes homework off their plate.
Planning for Projects and School Responsibilities
Study Partners can help eliminate (some) of the “Mom, I have to build a volcano for science tomorrow and it’s my day to take cookies” at 9:30 on Sunday night. We’ve all been there!
Regulated Junction – That’s Our Function
Working closely with your child’s OT or within the OT framework allows the Study Partner to help your child with regulating responses and anxieties that often occur in school, with the goal to promote increased flexibility.
Exploring a Child’s Routine
As Pediatric Occupational Therapists, we give your children the tools they need to improve on learning. We center these tools around your child’s profile, behavior, and current habits, while exploring changes to their routines.
We explore the environmental context as a critical component to study habits, we take into consideration the emotions tied to learning including:
- 8 basic emotions
- Emotions & action urges
- Judgments vs. facts
- Honor your feelings
- Wise mind
- Strategies for calming the body & mind