When a new student gets connected to Wright Academics, we take a holistic look at that student. We spend time on the phone with their parent or guardian, we review their testing, and we chat with them one-on-one. This is the same process we use when vetting resources and community members that we refer to and that refer to us. Wright Academics is a community that extends beyond our walls. Our relationships with outside practices and resources are very much reciprocal, largely because we take the time to connect with others, which gives our students and families a plethora of resources to choose from.
A lot of therapists work with students who have anxiety, ADHD, and/or depression, and a lot of students need academic support beyond therapy. This is where many therapists and psychiatrists then refer students to us. When a therapist or psychiatrist calls me, I look through their website, testimonials, previous experience, and philosophy to make sure it’s a good fit. After looking at everything on paper, if they check out, I’ll set up a Zoom session to get to chat with them face to face. I get to hear about what they are doing, how they help people, and how we might be able to offer support to their students. In the same way, we often have students that come into Wright Academics for academic support, but some need emotional support beyond what we offer. That’s why we have a list of vetted therapists and psychiatrists we can refer to should our students and families need it.
We do academic intervention, but testing is often important to get an idea of a student’s cognitive profile. What are the student’s strengths? Do they have attention issues? How fast is their processing speed? What kind of learner are they? Psychological testing often gives us many of the answers to these questions. We then review a student’s testing with a fine-tooth comb and provide the academic intervention that is most appropriate for that learner. Because of our experience, we’ve read a lot of tests which means we know which tests are helpful and which are not. This is where we can refer students to psychologists and testers we like and recommend only the tests that are helpful to the student. Because we take the time to develop relationships with those we refer to, we can also advise a family on which psychologist would be the best fit for their student and family based on personality, demeanor, and other factors.
Coaches: Football, Lacrosse, Baseball, etc.
For students who are struggling in school but have an affinity for sports, having a solid network of great, trusted coaches is valuable. Often, students need something to bring out their success, and sometimes that’s not school. Knowing a coach’s personality is helpful in being able to direct students to coaches that have the student’s best interest in mind. We often refer students to lacrosse, football, baseball, or music coaches for individual lessons. When students get to enjoy and experience something that comes naturally or they enjoy, their success can often create positive momentum.
Mindfulness coaching it is another avenue for students and families to explore. Often mindfulness complements therapy and academic coaching. It is one more tool for students to have in their toolbox to help them grow and thrive in their everyday life, in and out of the classroom. Recently, we have connected with some fantastic mindfulness coaches that are yet another resource for Wright Academics families and their students.
We are always trying to grow our network because the more options we can offer our community, the better. Everyone has a different flavor they prefer, so the more diverse, excellent resources we have available, the more likely a Wright Academics family will find a great fit for their situation and student. We are a full-service educational consulting group, so it is our mission to have incredible people to refer to for any needs we do not meet in the office. If you have someone you LOVE that you think might be a great fit for our network of resources, or if you yourself are interested in joining our network of resources, please feel free to reach out! Most of our resources are brought to our attention through recommendation.
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About Evelyn Wright
Evelyn Wright is the Director of Wright Academics, a tutoring business created to target kids’ specific needs. Her passion is helping students and families succeed so that they achieve their maximum potential in and out of the classroom.
With over 25 years of experience working with children and their families in public and private schools, as well as in private practice, Evelyn’s focus is understanding the individual’s learning profile, guiding families of children with learning differences and matching students to the tutor or coach that best fits the student. She believes in not only matching educational needs to the right tutor’s skills, but matching a student to the tutor with the right personality.