Q & A

Some Common Questions

and the helpful answers we have given.

How do I contact Mr. Phil?
E-mail is the best method to use to contact Mr. Phil at info@meadowlark.ca
Please remember that Mr. Phil does not work in an office, he makes housecalls and is thus on the road most of the day. Your email will go directly to him on the road where he will reply when he is not driving.

How do I know if my child needs a remedial educator?
Your child's mood toward school is a key indicator.  When a child "hates" school or says "its boring," it may indicate they are having  difficulties understanding or interpreting what is being taught. Your child's teacher lets you know there might be a blockage with learning. Grades are not showing what your child is able to demonstrate, discuss, or write about. The school psychologist, teachers, or counsellor may suggest additional or remedial help. Seek help immediately after an educational assessment is completed and remedial help is recommended.

Where can I find a remedial educator?
Ask friends, parents, and teachers who they recommend. Ask your family doctor for names of tutors. Speak with your local chapter of the Learning Disabilities Association. Get as many names as possible and interview them all.  Ask for their credentials.  Ask for references. 

Why does my child have such a difficult time learning?
Sometimes a child has trouble at school because the information is not being presented in a style that is the same as his learning style (visually, auditory, or kinaesthetically.) Learning skills are not developed to the proper level. A learning problem may remain undetected for years. When it is detected, it may be at a point when things seem hopeless and  frustrating.

Who pays for remedial lessons?
Parents are the primary payers. Insurance policies may provide limited coverage.  Check your policy.

What are the benefits to having a remedial  educator?
Students receive one to one lessons. Teaching methods are flexible to adapt to your child's learning style and needs. The material is changed to meet the needs of the student, it is not the student who must change to suit the material. Your tutor is available via E-mail, Fax, and phone when lessons are not scheduled. When is a good time to get a remedial educator? As soon as you believe there is a problem and your child is experiencing difficulties.

When your child is reluctant to go to school. 
When you notice homework is not completed - hidden- or destroyed, your child's mood towards school becomes negative, or your child finds ways to stay home and avoid school. Ask questions and speak to your child's teacher.  

When do I use an advocate?
When you need extra help getting the needed resources for your child from the school (extra help, resource periods, un-timed tests). During the Identify, Placement, Review Committee (IPRC) meetings, Individualized Education Plan (IEP) meetings, parent teacher meetings, and other times when having support would be helpful. Immediately when concerns or problems arise which make you uncomfortable and you are not able to get the proper help from the teachers, school, or school board.

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