New York City (Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island) Tutoring for Students with Learning Differences

Craig Selinger, a learning specialist and language therapist, and Dr.Blythe Grossberg, a learning specialist and a Psy.D. in psychology, are the creators of Themba Tutors, launched in the summer of 2012, which means “trust” in Zwahele. Themba Tutors is a local homegrown traveling and office-based professional tutoring company comprised of learning specialists who provide homework support, and testing preparation services for young children to college students, including those with learning differences. Our learning specialists also provide adult coaching services to professionals who need organizational assistance and reading and writing support at work.

Themba Tutors, unlike the competition, employs a multidisciplinary staff of learning specialists with at least a master’s level or doctoral degree related to helping children and adults with learning differences. We are experts in teaching learning skills and helping those with learning differences. We have additional teaching tools that are accessible to all of our clients. Many of our learning specialists have written and lectured extensively in the field of learning differences and are scholars in the field.

On the other hand, most tutoring companies employ tutors with no or minimal academic training in learning differences without public or private school teaching experiences. The tutoring field is unfortunately unregulated. However, just because you have a Ph.D. in history, doesn’t mean you are an excellent history tutor! Other tutoring companies hire certified teachers who are not qualified or licensed to work with those with learning differences–that’s why we are unique. As a result, our tutoring services help get to the core of a child’s learning difficulties and improve his or her underlying skills. This way, the child learns not only this year’s content but also acquires skills that will last him or her a lifetime.

We don’t offer our learning specialists a weekend crash course in teaching. Our staff already has advanced academic training, plus many years of teaching experience. Themba learning specialists have worked in the best public and private schools, and they know schools’ cultures and curricula. As learning specialists, we shy away from a one-size-fits-all approach. Educational experts know what works: start with each child’s unique learning profile and teach him or her the appropriate skills to maximize their learning potential, with a lot of love and patience, of course.

Our test-preparation services, guided by our professional tutoring philosophy, combines thoughtful, directed skill instruction to help your child perform at his or her top potential, as well as helping the student conquer their test anxiety and handle test-day demands. We are aware of how psychological pressures can affect learning, and we also consult with licensed mental health professionals.

Our college counseling services help students with learning differences and their parents understand how to prepare for college and how to look for the best types of support in college. Our college counselors have extensive experience working with students with learning differences to help them prepare for college and choose the types of schools that will best support them and help them learn and mature.

If your child demonstrates learning issues and he or she has not been evaluated, we collaborate with qualified and caring child and adult licensed evaluators. We collaborate with a licensed New York State psychologist offering a one or two hour academic evaluation of your child’s skills in executive functioning (related to academics), reading, spelling, writing, or math. We are here to support you on this journey.