LEARNING TO LEARN
Dyslexia/Reading Remediation (Multisensory Orton-Gillingham Methods)
Mathematics: Math instruction may include creative projects, established methods such as Touch Math, and the learning of rules through interactive games, music, software, and manipulatives.
Writing: A unique program is created for each student. Possible topics of focus may include basic sentence and paragraph formation, mastering the 3-5 paragraph essay, writing the college entrance essay, editing, creative writing, assistive technology, and tools and tricks to writing a research paper.
Some students need to strengthen certain areas of cognitive function. Cognitive work involves methods and materials that strengthen cognitive areas of weaknesses such as visual discrimination, abstract reasoning, planning and attention. Students always begin at a level where they experience success so that they feel capable and can make measurable gains. Dr. Warren uses a variety of cognitive therapy tools such as Audiblox.
Compensatory Skill Building
This method involves teaching students to use their strengths to compensate for their weaknesses. A scaffolding approach is employed. Dr. Warren demonstrates techniques and uses multi-sensory methods to help the students internalize the process. Strategy development often entails teaching mnemonics, visual mapping strategies, outlining, auditory rehearsal, or chunking techniques to name a few. If appropriate, assistive technology hardware and software such as the Reading Pen, Franklin products, Inspiration, Write Outloud, Recorded Books and Dragon Naturally Speaking will be introduced. Finally, Dr. Warren qualitatively assesses whether independent application of newly learned principles can be applied to other learning environments. Can students identify situations where they utilize compensatory skills on their own? Role playing and planning for the transfer of new strategies is practiced.