Psychoeducational Tutoring: Basic Details
- OPT's tutors are nonprofessionals, often college students or recent graduates. They are "educational facilitators," providing the social support, modeling, and reinforcement that make their students' work possible. They do NOT provide counseling or psychological services of any kind.
- With tutors' support, students work through materials that teach a variety of psychological and behavioral skills (e.g. how to set goals and use self-discipline, make joint decisions and handle frustrations, build friendships and carry out social conversation, etc.). Many students also do specific academic tasks with their tutors, particularly in reading or math. Curricular materials and methods can be adapted to a wide variety of ages, though we primarily work with students who are in the 5 to 10 or so age range
- Tutors do NOT provide homework help. They typically work with our curricular materials only.
- Tutors are employees of OPT, and they work under our guidance. If parents have particular hopes for their student's tutoring, they are encouraged to communicate these to us, and we can guide the student's tutor accordingly. Tutors cannot be expected to respond to crisis moments as they arise (in other words: the tutor's job is to help the student progress through curricular materials, rather than to respond to the student's needs or priorities day-to-day).
- All tutoring sessions are held by telephone, with the tutor calling the student at appointed times. Tutor and student each have copies of the books, and they carry out readings and exercises together by phone.
- Tutoring takes place 6, 5, 4, or 3 days/week.
- Tutoring generally occurs year-round, continuing over summer and winter breaks.
Other Parent Resources
Books and Manuals
In browsing our curricular materials, parents and caregivers may take particular interest in books like Reinforcement and Punishment and The Competence Approach to Parenting, both of which are intended for parent use. Books like Instructions on Psychological Skills and Exercises for Psychological Skills are written for adult audiences. And books like Programmed Readings on Psychological Skills and A Programmed Course in Psychological Skills Exercises are good places to start if parents want to start working through the curriculum with their children. All books are available for purchase on Amazon.com.
Parents may also be interested in some of our Parent Practices scales, measures which are intended to highlight the good things parents are doing to a) nurture positive emotional climates at home, and b) maintain their own authority with kindness. We often teach students in our tutoring the methods and the benefits of self-monitoring practices (setting goals and monitoring progress towards these goals); these scales can be useful for parents' own periodic self-monitoring.