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What is Therapeutic Tutoring?

Therapeutic Tutoring

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Therapeutic tutoring is a solution for children age 6-14 years who are having difficulty learning and achieving their full potential in school. It’s especially effective for children who:


  • Do not follow through and complete assignments and projects

  • Have difficulty paying attention in some classes

  • Have reduced motivation for school and declining grades

  • Have anxiety and/or depression

  • Have emotional and/or social stress that is affecting school performance for voicing stress or low self-esteem when it comes to learning



Therapeutic tutoring combines the elements of traditional therapy and academic tutoring to create an effective and comprehensive solution for children who struggle with learning and achieving within the classroom. It combines the goals of educational tutoring—that a student understands and learn academic concepts and ideas—with therapeutic tutoring, which addresses the psychological aspects that hinder a student from demonstrating his full potential within the school environment. 


At Smart Love Family Services, your child will be supported by a professional with educational and mental health training to provide high-quality tutoring, while also working to increase your child’s motivation, improve attention and concentration, build organizational and planning skills, decrease school avoidance and anxiety, and access her innate strengths.


  • Individual Sessions: A therapeutic tutor works with a student on the psychological symptoms that are interfering with him reaching his potential in school, while also providing high-quality tutoring that puts new strategies to use. Therapeutic tutoring services helps:

    • Increase motivation​

    • Improve attention and concentration

    • Build organizational and planning skills

    • Decrease avoidance and reduce anxiety

    • Develop blocked capabilities

    • Access strengths


  • Family Involvement: Parents play a large role in the therapeutic tutoring process. It is important to help parents learn how to use the same principles and processes used in the office when a child is studying and preparing for school at home. We guide parents to:

    • Learn how to help ​

    • View the progress being made

    • Learn to prevent backslides

    • Share and discuss goals

    • Improve problem-solving

    • Learn how to come up with solutions together


  • School Connections: It is important to work closely with classroom teachers and specialists to ensure a broad reach of successful interventions. We work with teachers to:

    • Design a coordinated approach​

    • Share ideas and solutions

    • Develop collaborative strategies

    • Increase insight and awareness

    • Get frequent updates on improvement

    • Assist with planning for new school years and/or semesters

Natalie & Ben Heineman Smart Love Center

2222 N. Kedzie Blvd.

Chicago, IL 60647

Oak Park Location

1010 Lake Street, Suite 500

Oak Park, IL 60301

Preschool: 773.665.8052 ext. 1

Counseling: 773.665.8052 ext. 4

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