Dad was not happy. Mom had warned me about this before he asked his first question: "I just blew $6000 at ABC Learning Center (a nationally known name). What makes you any different?"
I replied with a direct answer:
"The only thing that is the same between Sylvan Learning Centers ® , Huntington Learning Centers ®, Kumon Learning Centers ®, other learning centers and 3D Learner®, is that we all see the same kids".
The National Learning Centers help a number of kids, but for the children who learn differently - they do not tailor their efforts to meet these bright right-brained learners needs
Bright right-brained students learn best when they see and experience information. They often have visual perception, processing issues, attention, memory and/or frustration challenges.
Three things that can make this situation worse:
1- At least one of these companies requires a long term contract, where they say it might take 200 to 400 hours to help your child at a cost of $9000 to $18000 dollars.
2- Their teaching approach, which is more traditional, is good for a certain type of student, but not for the child that needs a hands-on experience. They also do not directly address the attention, memory, visual perception or left/right brain integration challenges these students face.
As a result, their approach may work slower, with less than the desired outcome, and result in your child being bored and even MORE frustrated.
These programs are generally good for student support for "getting through" that school year.
3- They may not spend the time and energy training you how to be the coach and advocate your child needs for their life!!
We have two children who are Bright Right-Brained Learners and we have helped over 1100 other bright right-brained students. We spent over 1000 hours trying to help my two right-brained children and over $10,000, before we realized they learned differently.
I am Mira Halpert. I have a Masters Degree in Education and have been helping kids for over 30 years. I realized how important it was to recognize and capitalize on my children's and students' learning strengths.
I would like to share my idea about how YOU can make THE difference and the 5 Key Risks you can change into Opportunities for You and Your child.
You Can Make The Difference
The problems your child is facing are real and they often get worse. The numbers are alarming:
- Almost 90% of the 1st graders with a word identification issue will be poor readers in 4th grade.
- Over 70% of the 3rd graders with a Reading Disability (Dyslexia) will still have a Reading Disability (Dyslexia) in 12th grade.
- 55% of the children of college graduates read below grade level in 8th grade.
What is most surprising is most students we see are from the best families, they go to very good and often excellent schools;
parents have invested enormous amounts of time and money
and yet these kids still struggle.
Your child may be very smart and can make dramatic gains with the right parent and professional help. Most parents, including me, have to learn how to help a bright-right-brained learner. The benefits of doing the right things can far exceed your expectations, including:
- Students can make two, three and even four-year gains in their comprehension within 6 months
- Standardized test scores can go up 20, 30 and in some cases 60 percentile -- then the students can be in regular and occasionally Gifted classes.
The more challenging the work, the better the bright-right-brained learner will do - if they have the right training.
- Handwriting and writing skills can improve dramatically -- these students often have the ideas in their mind, and just need to learn how to transfer them to paper.
- Spelling and remembering Math facts can improve - without the stress of using flashcards!
After spending 4 months at a learning center, the prognosis was not good. His parents had sent him there for 8 hours a week - which amounted to over 100 hours, plus...
Over $5000 had been spent. The center manager had been optimistic about his progress, albeit slow. Matthew was totally frustrated, hated going, mom was at her wits-end and dad was beside himself, wondering when the problems would end.
After some research, Matthew's mom came across the 3D Learner website and answered the following Five Questions:
Is your smart child struggling in school?
Does your child remember places they have been, even from years ago?
Does your child remember details from movies they have seen, even if they missed the plot?
Does your child learn best when they see and experience information?
Does the use of flash cards and worksheets create frustration and minimal results ?
"Yes", his mom said, "That's my kid - he is smart, struggling, learns best when he sees and experiences information - and flash cards and worksheets have not been successful!"
If your child is a Bright-Right-Brained Child, traditional programs can be high risk, very expensive, and not solve the problem - because they do not teach the way your child learns best.
We call these students Bright Right Brained Learners -- they are smart, they learn differently than most teachers and programs, and traditional methods often frustrate the child as well as the parents.
If you suspect your children are bright-right-brained learners, you want to pause, determine if they really are, and if they are, then select a program that:
- Teaches to their strengths and interests
- Identifies and addresses their challenges
- Helps you to be the coach and advocate your child needs
We are Mira and Mark Halpert. We have 4 children and challenges hit us in 1995, when we were told our daughter Julie was not college material. With what has become known as the 3D Learner Program (R), Julie improved her reading comprehension 4.2 grade levels in a year, went on to earn her Masters in Education from the University of Florida, and is now a Nationally Board Certified Teacher.
"My passion is to help bright-right-brained learners to be Outrageously Successful". As a parent, educator and leader of the Parent Revolution for Your Bright Right Brained Learners, I encourage you to take our
then e-mail me at Mira@3dlearner.com to get a free copy of our Parent Manifesto - "Your Bright-Right-Brained-Learners Pathway to Outrageous Success"
Mira Halpert, M.Ed. Proud Mother of 4, and
Dedicated Revolutionary for Bright Right Brained Learner and their Parents
|Matthews story continues...|
Mom contacted 3D Learner directly to have a personal conversation. After confirming that Matt DID indeed learn best when he both observed and experienced information , she was asked :"Does Matt skips words and lines when reading as well as have difficulty copying off the board?"
"Yes,", she said, "and it frustrates all of us. He makes mistakes copying information and then we have no idea what is expected. We usually end up in a huge argument!"
Bright right-brained kids often have visual perception issues which are often missed by school, medical professionals and educators.
Your child may have 20/20 vision, but that means they can see and object at 20 feet that they should see at that distance.
The challenge is that most reading is done at 18 inches, and at this distance they often struggle. At 3D Learner, 72% of our students have this problem.
"My husband Mark and I both had visual perception issues as children. With right-brained learners 4 to 5 times more likely to have visual perception issues than their siblings or friends, it is imperative that you screen for and address these issues.
As part of our on-line assessment, we offer a screening tool that has a 95% chance of identifying a visual perception issue.
We have excellent screening tools - and when you visit our office, you will see a Visagraph (R) that shows how your child's eyes track when reading. This is an excellent tool for you to understand what is happening - even better, the issues are addressable", says Mira.
|The conversation continued...|
"Can Matt focus when playing video games, but struggles when frustrated and material is boring?"
Matt's mom , "You really know my son. His father says he cannot have an attention issue or ADHD because he is not hyperactive and he can focus when things interest him.
Even if he has the problem I refuse to medicate my child!"
Attention issues are often misunderstood. If they do exist, there are very effective ways to address attention issues that reduce or eliminate the need for medication.
Inattention is the inability to pay attention to that which is boring or frustrating. Hyperactivity is a separate condition that sometimes is present with inattention and sometimes is not.
We have used the Interactive Metronome (R) and Brain Gym (R) with great success since 1999. The Interactive Metronome (R) is also a great diagnostic tool -- after one mom saw her daughter's attention drift after 2 minutes of trying to match a beat -- she realized for the first time that the problem was real.
|Matt's mom asked, "If my child is a bright-right-brained learner, has a visual perception and attention challenge - does that mean I need to go to a learning center, an optometrist, and/or a doctor?" |
That scares me. I respect them all, but they often do not understand how Matt learns, nor do they understand how the various challenges interrelate.
Too often, schools or other professionals focus on only 1 or 2 issues -- when for the bright-right-brained learners, it is important to recognize that:
- They learn differently and can struggle with traditional efforts and excel with methods that play to their strengths.
- Your child will never reach their full potential if other co-existing challenges are either missed or not addressed.
- They will often turn off if not engaged and respected.
We need to acknowledge and capitalize on their interests.
- Bright-right-brained learners do far better when information is relevant to them, it is shared in a multisensory way and they are respected -- and feel safe asking questions.
- Visual perception issues cause eye strain, headaches, and can make anyone hate reading. If missed, a promising student can become a poor reader, make "stupid" mistakes on tests, and buy into limiting beliefs (e.g. I'm stupid, I will not amount to anything, or I am just lazy and unmotivated).
- Attention challenges can result in problems in school, organizational issues and homework going from 1 hour to 3 hours -- and it gets worse in the later grades.
- Anxiety and frustration kick in and a "good kid" becomes defiant or depressed.
Worse than that, if they are put into lower level classes, they often struggle because they are not stimulated. We find they can often succeed in honors classes once they know how they learn!
You are confused about your choices - Sylvan, Huntington or Kumon, and have not realized there are places like the 3D Learner Success Center that specializes in Bright Right-Brained Children.
As a parent, you can spend hundreds of hours and thousands of dollars with traditional methods that are good -- but do not focus on children like yours. At 3D Learner, we have helped over 1100 students and their parents. With results that include:
- A 2nd grader who went from the 18th to the 48th percentile within 3 months and to their 83rd percentile a year later
- A 3rd grader who improved his comprehension 3 grade levels in a year and his teacher said, "Matt made more progress in a year than any student I have had in 27 years of teaching", M Jenkins, Teacher from Maryland
- A 9th grader who improved his comprehension 4 grade levels in 4 months
3D Learner is an option for the bright right-brained learner and you the parent.
We respect the other options and ...
If what we have shared fits your child, we encourage you to complete our Free Learning Survey, or our more comprehensive On-Line Assessment, and to call 3D Learner at 561-361-7495 for your Free 10-minute consult.