Programs

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A New Approach

When students struggle in school it is almost NEVER because they are not smart, unmotivated, or lazy. Learning and attention challenges are almost always the result of weak underlying learning/processing skills. These underlying skills CAN be developed, but this is NOT what schools and tutoring do.

Our experience over the past 30 years has proven that most learning and attention challenges can be dramatically improved or completely corrected.

We address a full continuum of skills – targeting the specific roadblocks for each student and teaching reading, writing, spelling, and math in ways that stick. Learn More…

Academic Skills

“I just want to curl up in bed and read a book!” says 9-year old Emma, a dyslexic non-reader. Emma CAN and is learning to do that. Our academic programs are research and evidence-based multisensory, 1-to-1 programs that improve underlying learning/processing skills while teaching reading, writing, spelling, math, and comprehension skills.Developing the underlying skills is the KEY to turning non-readers into readers and permanently eliminating academic challenge.

Auditory Stimulation and Training – Reading and Spelling (AST-R/S)
AST-R/S combines the techniques of the best researchers in the field of dyslexia and reading to develop the underlying auditory, visual, and language processing skills critical to successful reading with specific, sequential reading and spelling lessons.

Lessons improve working memory; grammar and word usage; phonemic awareness; phonetic and visual decoding; visual attention to detail; reading accuracy, fluency and comprehension; and spelling.

Auditory Stimulation and Training – Comprehension (AST-Comprehension)
Auditory skills are improved through passive auditory training (listening to prescribed sound therapy music) and actively through the audio-vocal training lessons so that the learner gets clearer and more accurate information when listening. This impacts speech clarity, intonation, comprehension, verbal expression, and attention. Lessons are structured to stimulate and improve working memory, grammar and word usage, and reading fluency and comprehension.

This is a scientifically-based auditory training program that uses a combination of sound therapy and specific brain-based audio-vocal training lessons that specifically address the auditory skills needed for good listening and processing of auditory information. It includes all of the critical components to comprehension starting with stimulating and improving auditory processing and receptive language and building to self-guided logical reasoning.

Auditory Stimulation and Training – Language (AST-Language)
This is a scientifically-based auditory training program that uses a combination of sound therapy and specific audio-vocal lessons to develop language competency. Auditory processing skills are improved through the sound therapy and audio-vocal training lessons that help the learner get clearer and more accurate information when listening. This impacts speech clarity, intonation, comprehension, verbal expression, and attention. Lessons are structured to stimulate and improve working memory, grammar and word usage, and vocabulary, articulation, and expressive language.

Discover Reading
Discover Reading is an intensive reading and spelling program that develops phonemic awareness (the thinking process critical to understanding sounds for phonics and spelling), and an understanding of the phonetic code of the language. Vocabulary development and visualization strategies for spelling, sight word development, and comprehension are integrated through the program, as are opportunities to apply skills to context reading and writing.

Quick Steps to Reading
Quick Steps is a decoding program that simplifies the complex English language into 8 rules and 3 steps. It is a very effective decoding program for students who know the sounds and basics of decoding, but who have gotten stuck at the multisyllable level and with becoming automatic with sounding out words.

Master the Code (MTC)
Master the Code is an intensive reading and spelling program that develops phonemic awareness (the thinking process critical to understanding sounds for phonics and spelling), and an understanding of the phonetic code of the language. Basic and alternative spelling codes are taught, as well as multi-syllable skills (processing sounds and syllables, affixes, flexibility with accent and schwa, and breaking syllables for reading and spelling)

Master the Code will overlap the auditory processing part of PACE at level 9, or be started at the completion of the auditory processing part of PACE, depending upon what is most appropriate for the student. Application of skills will be made to context reading and writing.

Davis Reading Correction

Easing into Reading

Develop Math Concepts, Processes, And Problem Solving Skills
Discover Math is a comprehensive program that focuses on teaching math concepts, operations, and processes. Concrete experiences and manipulatives bring understanding, and concepts are explored through verbal discussions and mental imagery. Applying concepts to problem solving is done in a natural progression throughout the program. Repetition and reinforcement is used only after a concept is understood. This program will allow students to apply and use what they have learned in previous programs. There is not a strong emphasis on drilling math facts, but on understanding how numbers work so that students can successfully figure out any part of math, including facts, that they need to.

Discover Math provides an avenue for developing comprehension, language expression, and logic and reasoning skills as the math concepts and skills are taught.

Writing Adventures

Writing Through focus

Executive Function

Executive Function Training and Application
Executive function involves the higher level thinking skills that guide and manage our behavior and attention. The Executive Function Training program helps students develop skills in the areas of:

  • Effectively using visual and verbal inner language
  • Reasoning and problem solving
  • Developing and using strategies
  • Time conceptualization and Time management
  • Materials management
  • Managing multiple tasks and task completion
  • Study strategies
  • Testing and test anxiety

Attention

Attention Focus and Integration
Awareness of attention focus and increase in the ability to attend to tasks will be developed through the Vestibular Integration Sequence. The combination of balance, movement, and dialogue between the clinician and student, guide the student in taking an active role in learning by teaching him/her to recognize when he/she is losing focus and consciously regaining control of his/her attention. Development of attention focus awareness and control will be integrated into all areas of the student’s program.

Optimal learning depends upon the brain and the body working together. Infinity Walk is a series of sensory and motor activities that prepare the mind for learning and open the doors to overcoming learning difficulties by developing increasingly more sophisticated neural networking in the brain. Infinity Walk helps organize the body in the most efficient way for each particular task, helps increase attention, and provides a tool for helping students to become aware of and control their internal time clock.

Attention Focus
Awareness of attention focus and increase in the ability to attend to task will be developed through Edu-K (Education-Kinesiology) and the Vestibular Integration Sequence. The combination of balance, movement, and dialogue between the clinician and student, guide the student in taking an active role in learning by teaching her to recognize when she is losing her focus, what is causing the confusion or loss of focus, and consciously regaining control of her attention. Development of attention focus awareness and control will be integrated into all areas of the student’s program.

Attention Process Training (APT-1)
APT-1 provides the student with a variety of sequenced activities that train the attention components critical to new learning: Sustained attention, selective attention, alternating attention, and divided attention. This is a cognitive training approach that helps reorganize brain systems for more efficient thinking and learning.

Processing Skills

Samonas Sound Therapy
Samonas Sound Therapy is a music and sound stimulation method that focuses on re-educating the ear and auditory pathways for increased learning, attention, communication, listening, sensory integration, and physical coordination. This is accomplished through the use of specially modified classical music and nature sounds that stimulate the auditory system to take in a full spectrum of sound.

A home listening protocol is developed for the individual student based on his/her needs. The student will do up to 30 minutes of minutes of listening at home 7 days a week. This is a very prescriptive program, requiring weekly consultation in therapy sessions or by phone.

Integrated Listening Systems (iLs)
ILS is a music and sound stimulation method that focuses on re-educating the ear and auditory pathways for increased learning, attention, communication, listening, sensory integration, and physical coordination. This is accomplished through the use of specially modified classical music that stimulates the auditory system to take in a full spectrum of sound.

Listening will be done 80 minutes three times a week at the Learning Center OR The student will do approximately 60 minutes of listening at home 5 days a week. This is a very prescriptive program, requiring weekly consultation in therapy sessions or by phone.

The Listening Program (TLP)
TLP is a music and sound stimulation method that focuses on re-educating the ear and auditory pathways for increased learning, attention, communication, listening, sensory integration, and physical coordination. This is accomplished through the use of specially modified classical music that stimulates the auditory system to take in a full spectrum of sound.

A home listening protocol is developed for the individual student based on his/her needs. The student will do approximately 15 minutes of listening twice a day at home 5 days a week. This is a very prescriptive program, requiring weekly consultation in therapy sessions or by phone.

inTime Listening Program
inTime is a rhythm and frequency-based sound stimulation method that focuses on re-educating the ear and auditory pathways for increased learning, regulation, attention, communication, listening, sensory integration, and physical coordination. This is accomplished through the use of specially modified percussion-based music that increases internal timing and organization and stimulates the auditory system to take in a full spectrum of sound.

A home listening protocol is developed for the individual student based on his/her needs. The student will do approximately 18 – 36 minutes of listening activities at home 5 days a week. This is a very prescriptive program, requiring weekly consultation in therapy sessions or by phone.

AMPS (Attention, Memory, and Processing Skills)
AMPS is a cognitive processing skills program based on proven ideas from the fields of behavioral optometry and cognitive neuroscience. These brain exercises are designed to improve mental processing speed, working memory, attention, sequential processing, spatial processing, visual and auditory memory, phonological awareness, motor planning, problems solving, and reasoning. These are processing skills needed for easy, independent learning and functioning. Read More…

PACE (Processing and Cognitive Enhancement)
This is a cognitive training program that improves processing skills needed for easy, independent learning and functioning. Skills trained include: attention, memory, processing speed, auditory and visual processing, and logic and reasoning.

Path to Read (PATH Therapy)
PATH Therapy was developed by neurobiologist, Dr. Teri Lawton, to help children and adults permanently improve reading skills. This computer-based program is geared to retrain the two visual pathways in the brain to work together optimally. PATH permanently improves the timing in the brain so that the mind is able to focus on the letters in words and the words on the page, allowing the student to take-in and decode the information accurately. This program is particularly effective in addressing problems with disorientation and attention loss when reading, and reading fluency, stamina, and comprehension.

Core Learning Skills

Core Learning Skills Training
This program helps eliminate the interference caused by primitive reflexes and under-developed visual and motor skills. It is a series of physical balance and movement activities that improve visual skills, internal organization, coordination, self-awareness, self-control, and attention. Core Learning Skills Training uses sound therapy to help the student gain a sense of reference point and an understanding of space and time, which are so critical for developing attention awareness and control and organization skills. Read More…

Quantum Reflex Integration
Quantum Reflex Integration (QRI) combines sound (harmonious frequencies) and light (low-level laser therapy) to stimulate reflex pathways and acupressure points with the intention of integrating neurological reflexes that have not matured. Correction of the reflexes may lead to significantly improved physical functioning and mental development.