After your child is evaluated, you will receive a report with test results and recommendations for interventions and accommodations. We’re not fans of technical jargon, so our reports are written with parents in mind. We want you to understand everything and to be able to explain our process to teachers, doctors and anyone else who works with your child. Within a week of the evaluation, we will schedule a follow-up consultation to share our customized learning plan and to answer any questions you have regarding our process.
Our customized plans focus on techniques that create permanent changes in the brain’s neural pathways. Training targets may include attention, memory, processing speed, visual and auditory processing, sensory integration, logic and reasoning, and phonological processing. Some students may need a structured, multisensory reading or math component as well. Specific program recommendations will differ, depending on your child’s unique pattern of strengths and weaknesses.
After designing a customized program, our primary work is done at our center in a fun and caring, 1-on-1 environment with an experienced specialist. Our students will have an assigned lead trainer who would work with them throughout their program. All of our trainers have extensive experience working with children and teens with learning challenges, and hold Bachelors or Masters degrees in their field.
We pair up students and trainers based on complementary personalities to make sure they are the right fit for each other. Children with learning and attention challenges often have wonderful talents or abilities in areas such as art, music, or sports that are overlooked when their grades are poor. At Learning Foundations, we encourage children with these wonderful and unique abilities while strengthening their learning skills at the same time.
Our highly successful, systematic learning approach is unique to Learning Foundations. Our families experience first-hand the benefits of a comprehensive and integrated plan that fully tracks and reviews their child’s needs.
Parents are encouraged to use Learning Foundations’ Parent Resource Archivee for recommended books, articles, and videos about learning disabilities, the brain, and how learning challenges don’t have to be permanent. There you will a wealth of information and resources that are frequently updated. Please bookmark the page and refer to it often.
Different students have different needs, and no two children are exactly alike. That’s why we only use research-based, clinically tested programs customized for individual students’ needs. Our sessions are delivered by experienced, degreed specialists in a fun, caring one-on-one environment.
Dyslexia is an inherited condition that makes it extremely difficult to read, write and spell in a person’s native language despite having at least average intelligence. Approximately 10-20% of the population has some form of dyslexia. Most forms are never diagnosed. Dyslexia has NOTHING to do with overall intelligence, but with the ability to process individual sounds in words.
What does an attention problem look like?
As a parent, you are aware when your child is struggling to maintain attention, but are the causes of those struggles true ADD/ADHD, laziness or just plain defiant behavior?
These are some typical warning signs that your child may have an attention problem:
It is important for you as a parent to realize your child is not doing these things on purpose. Kids who show these signs don’t yet have the ability to adequately control their attention. They may lose focus too easily or actually hyper-focus on activities that they enjoy. The key is teaching them to recognize and learn what it feels like to pay attention and to learn to be in control of their own attention.
Sensory processing refers to the way the brain receives, organizes, and responds to input received through the senses. Sensory processing disorder (formerly referred to as sensory integration dysfunction) is a condition in which the brain has trouble receiving and responding to information that comes in through the senses. Some children with sensory processing disorder are oversensitive to stimulants in their environment. Common sounds may be painful or overwhelming. For example, the light touch of a shirt may chafe the skin causing unseen, distracting discomfort.
Children showing neurodevelopmental delay issues have underdeveloped nervous and reflex system causing underdeveloped motor and visual skills, hand eye coordination problems and perceptual skills. If left untreated, these physical inabilities will lead to frustration, hyperactivity, stress, hypersensitivity and, later on, emotional problems. These problems can affect the child's physical capabilities, learning, coordination, and behavior. If the problem persists to adulthood, symptoms can include agoraphobia, excessive reaction to stimuli, anxiety, panic attacks, difficulty making decisions, and poor self-esteem.
An auditory processing delay is a neurological defect that affects how the brain processes spoken language. This makes it difficult for the child to process verbal instructions or even to filter out background noise in the classroom. While their ability to hear is ok, there is a neurological basis for their impaired ability to listen. A child with auditory processing delay can often have the same types of behavioral problems as a child with ADD. However, using the techniques appropriate for an ADD child will not be very effective with a child suffering from auditory processing issues.
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How motivated would you be to read? Would you still try your best, even if you know it will take you hours just to try to figure out what the words say?
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