When a student struggles with reading, their difficulties can go beyond the inability to decode symbols and transform them into spoken language. There are many children who are poor readers; however, there are also many who read accurately and fluently but cannot understand what they read. Reading comprehension deficits are not as easy to detect and here is why: when a student reads fluently, very rarely are they asked about the meaning of what they have read. They are praised for reading well and it can be assumed that comprehension follows. There are several factors that contribute to a reading [...]
When many of us think of learning disabilities, we anticipate challenges that can readily be seen. There is the obvious disability of a hearing deficit or the need of a wheelchair; however, some learners struggle in silence. Such students look and present like everyone else in their class, but they do not have physical difficulties that prevent them from walking, running, or playing sports. Those who struggle with reading, writing, math, auditory processing, or attention may struggle just as much as their peers with physical challenges. They can be characterized as having an “invisible disability,” which can present additional challenges. [...]
The difference between brain training and remedial programs in addressing underlying learning difficulties Did you know that no matter your age, your brain is constantly growing and changing? The brain’s ability to adapt and make new connections is called brain plasticity. The brain is pliable, like plastic. Young children are learning new skills all the time so their brains change a lot from day to day, but even an adult brain can morph to acquire a new skill set. Brain training programs can help rewire the neural pathways of the brain for children with weak language skills, auditory processing problems, [...]
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Some students have learning difficulties and require a different approach to traditional schooling and tutoring. The Strategic Learning Centre helps those children. David Schipper is the director of the Centre.
Most parents have a gut feeling when their child is not progressing the way they should at school – even if the report card does not indicate a problem. Tutoring is often the first course of action, but how do you know when your child needs more? Here are some of the signs that may indicate your child needs specialized help: Your child is getting low or failing grades in subjects like math, history, English, or French and you have been unable to solve these problems at the school You think that your child is not performing to their potential [...]
Many parents consult a psychologist if they suspect that their child has a learning disability that impedes their progress in school. When parents receive the psychologist’s report, they turn to the school’s professional staff for support, but some children require additional help. Co-founded 28 years ago by Karen Foley, Strategic Learning Centre (SLC) offers a comprehensive approach to address each student’s individual learning challenges. “Students of all ages come to the Centre from the greater Montreal area and beyond,” says David Schipper, the Centre’s director since 2013. The long-time educator takes pride in his dedicated team. SLC studies the psychologist’s [...]
Learning a new skill takes much time and effort. If a child is to master that skill, then even more time and effort is required. When learning something new, the rule of thumb is that practice makes perfect. This method can certainly lead to mastering a certain skill or concept, but on other occasions the student would benefit from brain training programs or remedial support that improve, among many things: attention, memory, language processing, reading fluency and cognitive ability. In one way or another, every child would benefit from brain training programs to improve their skill set and academic proficiency. [...]
Does my child have ADHD? An Auditory Processing Disorder? Oppositional Defiant Disorder? Anxiety? Distinguishing symptoms in your child can seem like an impossible feat because many learning or sensory difficulties can, on the surface, appear quite similar. According to research, the coexistence of ADHD with other disorders can be higher than 50%. Students with ADHD often have other behavioural, emotional, and learning difficulties which makes diagnosing students with ADHD difficult. Children who lack attention and focus as a result of ADHD and who also present with a learning disorder will more likely fall behind in school and become easily discouraged. [...]
When it comes to development, the early years offer a crucial window of opportunity. During the first five years, children learn appropriate behavior, empathy, and social and cognitive skills. They also start to develop fine and gross motor skills, as well as speech and language. Sadly, many students do not properly acquire these skills due to technology and the lack of interpersonal communication. There is a positive correlation between social interaction and a child’s development. One of the most impactful things parents can do for their child’s language development is simply speaking to them. Not only will your child build [...]