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Q –3D Learner appears to focus much more on a child’s strengths versus their weaknesses. Could you share your philosophy and how this can help a parent and a child?
Very often schools and psychologists focus on what is wrong with a child. This is necessary to get services, especially from public and charter schools. Private schools may also require a diagnosis to provide special programs or accommodations. We focus on the term visual learner, because we teach the way a visual learner learns best.
We do identify and address challenges — for example, attention, eye-teaming, working memory, processing speed and anxiety challenges.
What allows our students to often make gains in months not years is that:
– The students are often a lot smarter than present results would indicate
– We identify and address their challenges
– Our parents are often willing to do the follow-up required to make these gains
Q –My child’s school is refusing to start an evaluation. They claim my child must go through three rounds of Response to Intervention. Is that correct?
Technically this is correct, but Response to Intervention cannot be used to delay or deny an evaluation. On this page, The RTI Trap, we describe the Response to Intervention or RTI process, and how you can do the two simultaneously. Call us at 561-361-7495 if you are uncertain of how to proceed.
Q – My child has dyslexia and appears to have a vision challenge. I am told that vision issues do not cause dyslexia. What should I know?
Dyslexia advocates correctly say that vision does not cause dyslexia. Having said that, over 70% of the students we see with dyslexia have an eye-teaming issue
Children with dyslexia often are visual learners too. Our no cost Success Assessment screens for the visual learner and for both attention and eye-teaming challenges. We strongly recommend that you do this with your child. Parents often say the answers were an eye-opener. You will get immediate feedback and you can then call us at 561-361-7495 for further information.
Q –My child goes to a public school. Her goals are focused on phonics. She is entering third grade. I am scared that her comprehension issues may lead to third grade retention. Am I right to be concerned?
Yes. Phonics, which the sounding out of sounds and words, is important. Reading comprehension is a very different skill and is the most important variable. If you do not know your child’s present level of reading comprehension, ask your child’s teacher or get an outside assessment. Many school’s use the Fountas and Pinnell approach to access a child’s reading comprehension. Based on the Fountas and Pinnell system, an entering third grader should be at a Level N. If a child is at a Level K going into 3rd grade, he would be a year behind. If he is at a Level E going into third grade, he would be two years below grade level.
We offer an in-office Focus Assessment that assesses your child’s present level of reading comprehension. It also assess attention, eye-teaming, processing speed, working memory and anxiety challenges
Q –Parents have called us and explained their frustration. In some cases they had spent $5000 or $10000 at a Learning Center without the desired gains. Other parents were spending $400 to $800 a month on tutoring, without the desired help. Some parents had spent over $40000 on more expensive treatments or private schools. One of the most common questions we get asked is “Your program often gets significant results in months not years, but I do not have the cash available to do the program. Do you have some innovative solutions?
Yes. The two that are most often used are:
1- New credit cards that will give you 12, 15, 18 and even 21 months to pay interest free. You must meet their credit requirements and pay on time. We have had single moms do this and cut their monthly payments by 2/3 — saving over $400 a month, while getting better results
2- Flexible Savings Accounts and Health Savings accounts can be utilized to pay with pre-tax dollars. There must be a documented significant disability. Here is more information on the FSA and Health Care options. Please consult your accountant for advice that is specific to your situation.
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