Learning Foundations is a Diagnostic and Learning Center based in San Antonio, Texas. We strive to create a friendly and safe environment for our students to challenge themselves and think about themselves in a positive way.
Our team of experienced trainers are specialists in their field and are caring mentors for our often frustrated children. We are excited to work with you and help your child become the confident learner he or she deserves to be.
Learning Foundations is a San Antonio based cognitive training center. Learning Foundations assesses and strengthens foundational cognitive skills, enabling them to become comfortable, independent learners with the tools to be successful in all areas of their lives. Students are challenged and empowered in new engaging ways in a nurturing, safe environment.The initial concept was developed by Fran Tarkenton, NFL Hall of Fame quarterback, who organized a team of reading specialists to help a struggling family member. Based on their findings, Learning Foundations was born. Subsequently, in 1969 Patricia Pate Ph.D. opened an extension of Learning Foundations in San Antonio. Starting in the 1990s, an independently owned and operated Learning Foundations by the Ames Group began to integrate new neuroscience-based programs, designed to strengthen learning by improving cognitive processing skills.
As the years went by, Learning Foundations continued updating programs in response to newly available research. In 2012, new partners joined the venture with the goal of opening more centers that could reach as many struggling students as possible. Professional development is ongoing for directors and trainers, who have access to the latest advancements in cognitive training, including dyslexia intervention. Degreed professionals work one-on-one with students over a period of months. Those who attend may be students who are not getting the educational help that they need, students for whom tutoring has not been a solution, students who want to improve their processing skills to make learning easier, or adults who have struggled with attention and learning challenges and are ready to make a positive change in their lives. Distance learning with an online coach is available for some programs.
Learning Foundations' research-based, clinically driven programs deliver real results for students along with their families. Students experience a boost in their confidence as they begin to enjoy school and the learning process, some for the first time in their lives. The sharing of any victories is encouraged on the WOW Moments bulletin board, and families celebrate each improvement and milestone along the way. Students from the early years now bring their children to Learning Foundations. Most gratifying are the visits from former students which often result in joyful tears and the sharing of stories of successful graduations and careers, in addition to fulfilling lives. Learning Foundations has been proud to be a part of the rich history of San Antonio for almost 50 years. Learning Foundations' continuing mission is to strive to empower their students and families through their unique approach to overcoming learning challenges.
My role at Learning Foundations is to provide our staff, students, and families support and create a positive environment to ensure the best, most effective intervention programs.
Looking back on my own experiences growing up, I can relate to many of the families here. Although I was a good student, I always wondered why I struggled with certain things, like word retrieval, why my words sometimes “came out wrong” and why I sometimes had to read something several times to understand and retain it.
I always compared myself to my older brother, the classic over-achiever who seemed to glide effortlessly through school and read books with ease. I also saw my other brother, who always struggled in school, especially with attention issues, and how our whole family was at a loss about how to help him.
As an adult, I discovered that I fit the profile of someone with mild dyslexia. So many of my unique challenges made sense after that, and it left me with an even greater sense of determination to help all students who may be struggling.
I joined Learning Foundations in 2004 after 10 years in the public schools. When I was getting my Master’s degree in school psychology, I dreamed of helping students of all ages, one student at a time. Upon graduation I learned just what teachers, parents and students are up against. By necessity, most schools best serve the “typical” learner. For those who learn differently, school can be a holding cell, or worse, a place of daily struggle, frustration, and shame.
As a school psychologist, my primary job was to evaluate students to determine eligibility for special education, and there was a tendency for schools to postpone those evaluations until at least third grade. This “wait and see” approach caused some students to struggle for up to four years before any real assessment was done.
Indeed, I have met students who were in the Response to Intervention (RTI) for years; and while they made some progress, they were still falling further behind their peers. Often, students I did evaluate failed to qualify for services or accommodations in school because they were not eligible, not “low enough.” I was frustrated and doubted whether I was truly helping anyone.
Finding Learning Foundations was a dream come true. Now, I use assessment to plan targeted intervention tailored for each student’s needs. I evaluate cognitive skills such as memory, attention, processing speed, auditory and visual processing, and language processing. For students with difficulty reading and spelling, my dyslexia battery can determine whether they fit the dyslexic profile and what interventions and accommodations would work best. I am a proud member of a team that helps students become comfortable and independent learners, one student at a time.
As the Learning Foundations Boerne Center Director, I love working together with families and staff to ensure the best possible outcome for the children we serve. The best part of my day is when I get to work one-on-one with the amazing students who come to my
My interest in one-on-one tutoring started during my undergraduate studies at UTSA. I achieved my BA in psychology with a focus on biology and neuropsychology and graduated with Highest of Honors. During those years, I discovered my passion for teaching when I began working for the athletics
When I began working with Learning Foundations as a Trainer, I was fascinated by the programs we offer that are rooted in neuroscience-based research. This allowed me to apply my education to my training sessions with students. Beyond administering the programs, I enjoyed having the ability to be creative in my sessions and incorporate different strategies to work on things like self-esteem/confidence and critical thinking. I'm proud to be a part of an organizational culture that emphasizes the fact that every child can succeed.
Learning foundations holds a special place in my heart because I see the positive impact the programs have in the lives of the children I've had the pleasure of working with. Being a part of the transformation of the students who go through our programs here is indescribable.
I have been with Learning Foundations since June 2017. I serve as the Office Manager and the Marketing Assistant. I graduated from Coastal Carolina University (Conway, SC) in 2004 with my Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology.
I have worked for multiple non-profit organizations as a Counselor, Residential Assistant and an Office Manager for several years. Before joining LF, I was a Jewelry Consultant for 8 years and during that time, I have also volunteered with several youth groups and churches. After traveling the world, first as an Army Brat, then as an Army Spouse, my family has settled in San Antonio, TX.
Since joining LF I have been able to watch so many children grow and begin to love learning and reading. It has been a pleasure to be able to see so many students come out of their shells and see a boost in their self-confidence. I look forward to coming to work every day because I know there will never be a dull moment. Every day is a chance to impact a young life and put a smile on someone’s face!
To find out more about our research-based, clinically proven programs contact Learning Foundations today.
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18130 U.S. HWY 281 Ste. 102 San Antonio, TX 78232 | 215 West Bandera Rd, Ste. 105 Boerne, TX 78006
Call Us: 1-844-TX-LEARN | Call Us: 1-844-895-3276
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