How Do I Know When to Bring My Child to a Learning 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 [...]

How Do I Know When to Bring My Child to a Learning Centre?2021-08-24T11:02:16+00:00

My child has a psycho-educational assessment. What do I do now?


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 [...]

My child has a psycho-educational assessment. What do I do now?2020-07-02T20:03:57+00:00

Hang in there! It May Be a Long Ride, But It’s Worth It In the End


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. [...]

Hang in there! It May Be a Long Ride, But It’s Worth It In the End2020-07-02T20:04:12+00:00

Identifying Coexisting Conditions


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. [...]

Identifying Coexisting Conditions2021-08-24T11:51:13+00:00

The First Five Years of a Child’s Development Are the Most Crucial


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 [...]

The First Five Years of a Child’s Development Are the Most Crucial2020-07-02T20:04:56+00:00

Homework Problems Can Reveal Deeper Issues


What is the purpose of homework? Besides giving parents more grey hairs and wrinkles, the belief is that homework instills values such as responsibility, perseverance, time-management, and self-reliance. Some say it gets students to practice what has been learned, strengthens academic skills, and even helps earn better grades. Others complain that too much homework causes burnout and depletes beneficial leisure time. The long-running debate on the benefits of homework remains; however, one thing is certain: issues with homework can be a red flag. If your child is not learning and retaining information, there may be a learning problem that needs [...]

Homework Problems Can Reveal Deeper Issues2021-08-24T13:14:08+00:00

The Effectiveness of Tutoring


When your child begins to struggle in school, is your first thought to seek out tutoring support? If so, you are not alone. Tutoring is often the first service that pops into parents’ minds when their child is having difficulty. However, tutoring alone cannot solve learning problems. Take reading, for example. Contrary to what is believed, reading is not “taught” in school. In fact, the whole language approach to teaching reading has been in practice for the past 25-30 years. The basic premise is that if you are exposed to the written word, you will be able to make the [...]

The Effectiveness of Tutoring2021-08-24T13:06:43+00:00

Report Cards and Summers


Parents rely on report cards as a barometer of how their child is doing in school. The Centre frequently reviews the most recent report card of a student we are poised to work with. If the child goes to an elementary school, we often hear comments from parents such as, "These report card marks are not a true reflection of my child’s ability. He cannot read yet got 75% in English, Math, and French." Nevertheless, the student may struggle to auditorily and visually process information learned in the classroom, may be a slow reader if they can decode at all, or [...]

Report Cards and Summers2022-03-14T08:48:40+00:00
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