What makes a successful learner?

When a student struggles in school, parents look to tutoring as a solution. But tutoring isn’t a real solution for those with learning challenges. It’s a temporary band-aid that covers up a deeper problem; and very often, it doesn’t even do that.

While misinformed teachers and tutors continue to believe that you just have to learn to live with learning challenges, the last 25 years of brain research says something very different.

What science tell us is this:

With the help of specific and intensive cognitive training, most learning challenges can be dramatically improved and even permanently corrected.

That’s why at Therapeutic Literacy Center, we don’t just tutor. We get to the root of the problem.

We work to ELIMINATE learning challenges.

child getting treatment for auditory processing disorder

Thanks to recent scientific breakthroughs in brain research, we have developed clinical, evidence-based programs that fix underdeveloped and weak processing skills by re-training the brain to form new neuro-pathways.

Our programs have helped more than 4,000 children and parents dramatically improve and even permanently correct learning challenges, including:
-Auditory Processing Disorders
-Poor reading, comprehension, and spelling
-Math and dyscalculia
-Weak critical thinking and organization skills

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The truth about learning challenges:

Learning is all about processing incoming information – whether it’s a toddler picking up a cracker and finding out that it breaks in his hand or a 12th grader doing calculus. handwriting before and after Comfortable, easy learning requires strong underlying learning skills like body awareness and control, attention, memory, auditory and visual processing, language comprehension, and logic and reasoning. Learning problems are very broad. They appear different in different kids, but the one thing they all have in common is this: Something is breaking down in the student’s ability to process information.    Children who struggle in school typically have real strengths and weaknesses within their underlying learning skills. Since different types of tasks or activities are supported by different sets of learning skills, these students often show perplexing inconsistencies in their performance. Here are some students we’ve met: Sam knows all the baseball stats but can’t memorize his math facts. Keely is a smart and savvy soccer player but gets poor grades on tests. Casey is witty and clever, but can’t follow 3 directions. Michael excels in math, but reads slowly and laboriously. Sometimes, students with learning challenges appear lazy and unmotivated, when really they’re smart, hardworking, and struggling! “Thank you so much TLC for helping my son! I can’t believe how much he improved in such a short amount of time! Everything you promised you would do, you did and schoolwork and homework are no longer a struggle. Thanks again TLC!”  ~Parent of a 2nd Grader  How does the TLC approach differ from tutoring? Most schools and tutoring focus on what a student learns, including academic skills and school subjects. We focus on how a student learns. In other words, we work on repairing and building the skills every student needs to learn efficiently and independently. The bottom three rungs of the “learning ladder†are categories of skills upon which school and tutoring depend, but do not spend direct time developing. 2016_continuum_large-with-text-2-copy  Developmental Learning Skills: These are basic visual and motor skills that help children develop a sense of self, internal organization, and body and  attention awareness and control. Challenges in this area might show up as follows: -Poor posture, awkward or uncoordinated -Fatigue, low stamina -Confusion with directions, spatial orientation, letter reversals Processing Skills: These are skills such as attention, memory, auditory and visual processing (how we think about and understand things that we see or hear), processing speed, language comprehension, and phonemic awareness (the thinking process critical to reading that supports learning and using phonics). Problems in this area will show up as: -Trouble sounding out words -Difficulty memorizing spelling words or math facts -Can’t remember or understand what was read -Tired when listening, misses information -Trouble with visual organization in charts, etc. -Can do the work but can’t “get it together†to get the work done and turned in Executive Function: This is our personal manager that guides and directs our attention and behavior. It helps us reason, problem solve, organize, and make decisions. Problems in this area may appear as follows: -Poor time management or organization -Difficulty reasoning -Lack of tact -Trouble getting started, poor follow through Our 4th grade son did not like school because he detested reading. We started our son on a 10 week intensive (5 hours per week) program working at the core of the issue. After 10 weeks, his teachers said, “Whatever magic they are doing over there, we want some.” Maria and her team of motivating and trained clinicians took a 10 year old who was struggling and gave him the tools to work on it himself. Now his fluency and comprehension are way up as measured by the school and the TLC! ~Brett, 5th Grade If a 10 year old fourth grader is laboriously reading at a second grade level, something is wrong. More practice reading or someone sitting at his side helping him say the words is not going to fix this problem. It is only by developing these areas and then remediating the basic academic skills that students can become the truly independent and comfortable learners they can and should be. Don’t let learning challenges hold your child back when there are ways to FIX them. Is this program the right fit for your child? Enter your email below to receive a FREE assessment checklist