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Old 12-02-2010, 03:49 PM
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Default Anyone have experience with Kumon?

My son is 9, in 4th grade and seriously struggling with math. He's been diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome (high functioning autism) and has horrible meltdowns. This is fairly typical for kids Asperger's.

He doesn't tolerate help from me or his dad, but will work with others (at school) who are there to help him... so, I thought tutoring might be the right route to go.

I just spoke to someone from Kumon on the phone and they start the child a couple years behind we're they're currently at, give them daily (20 minute) math assignments (has me somewhat concerned, except that they start him out at a much simpler level... before he lost his way in math), and then they have work they complete at Kumon twice a week.

It's not really the 1 on 1 tutoring I was hoping for, but I can see it's benefit. I was actually thinking about signing him up for this and then finding a tutor to work with him on his current math assignments from school, but just have the tutor meet with him a couple times a week for maybe 45 minutes. I don't want to overwhelm him, but we really need to do something. He's come to the point where he's not even trying anymore.

In every other subject he has an A. So.... I know he's a smart cookie. He's in a regular classroom, and keeps up with the other kids in every other subject.

If anyone has any experiences with Kumon, good or bad, please let me know!

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Old 12-02-2010, 05:12 PM
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My neighbor's granddaughter goes there. I'll have to see what she has to say next time I talk to her. My SD actually went to the center with her today, but she just left for the store. She did say that her friend had to do a 10 page packet of work (my SD hates putting forth that much effort).
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Old 12-03-2010, 08:13 PM
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Hey Wendy,

My DS 9 y/o is homeschooled and is also doing great on everything but the math. DS is in 4th grade and is autistic. I do have to verbally explain everything to him and sit with him while he does math to coach him through it (not do it for him--which is what he thinks he would like!). He gets overwhelmed with the "word problems", but once I help him break down the problem, he can do the rest himself.

Kumon's system is a lot of self guided learning. It looks like they may be starting him a couple of years behind to make sure to fill in any "holes" that he may have that may be making him struggle now.

It will still be a lot of work for you to make sure he gets his stuff done.

I think I would just go with a private tutor to help him see what he is learning now from different perspective. As the math gets more abstract, he may need more continuous tutoring.

Good luck! and glad to hear he is doing so well in school otherwise!
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I know that there are special schools for the study of mathematics. These are boarding schools with the additional functions of individual lessons.
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