Frequently Asked Questions
1. How often do students come to Learning Enhancement Center?
2. Do we work with home school students?
3. Why is individual tutoring important?
4. What are typical results at Learning Enhancement Center?
5. How has traditional education failed students with learning disabilities?
How often do students come to Learning Enhancement Center?
This varies from student to student but the average amount of training time per week in the center is 3-5 hours, broken into 2-3 days.
Do we work with home school students?
Yes, many home school students come to Learning Enhancement to catch up or to get ahead. Some students have been struggling with their home school curriculum for years and greatly benefit from our program.
Why is individual tutoring important?
First of all no child is alike. They all need individual treatment due to their different needs and different ways to learn. As each child has a unique learning style, a tutor can embrace that style and teach in a way they fully understand, often unlocking previous learning challenges. The personalized touch enables children to feel confident and secure. One of the most powerful aspects of a Learning Enhancement program is that it is designed to specifically target your child’s weakness’s according to their assessment.
What are typical results at Learning Enhancement Center?
Results of student performance on the post tests given at the end of training programs are often dramatically improved with training at Learning Enhancement Center. This test measures the brain’s ability to handle and process information in the following eight neurological areas most critical to learning:
• Processing Speed: How rapidly and accurately the brain can move through written material to find what it is looking for; how quickly the brain processes information
• Word Attack: The brain’s ability to sound out and spell words. This allows you to successfully sound out and pronounce any word in the English language regardless of the length or difficulty of the word
• Active Working Memory: The brain’s ability to make a protein print (called an engram) and retrieve that piece of information from its memory
• Visual Perception/Processing Skills: The brain’s ability to handle information from pictures, drawings and shapes. It deals with your ability to use maps, graphs, charts, or set up word problems. This helps the student in the area of math
• Central Auditory Processing: The brain’s ability to blend, interpret, and use the 43 sounds of the English language. Problems in this area are one of the best indicators of Dyslexia. Problems in this area result in difficulty concentrating, listening, reading, remembering, writing paragraphs and papers, spelling and following directions
• Logic and Reasoning: The brain’s ability to break down complex projects into a sequence of steps. Students who are strong in logic and reasoning like to figure things out on their own. A short attention span makes this very difficult. Logic and reasoning trains the brain to focus, pay attention and concentrate. This helps with ADD/ADHD
How has traditional education failed students with learning disabilities?
Particularly in an era of standardized testing we are trying to load increasingly more information, faster and faster on younger and younger brains. Kindergartners are now required to read, rather than just to follow directions and color. First graders are expected to write sentences and copy from the board. Second graders are expected to read chapter books and take tests independently on computers. As a result, when a brain is immature or struggling with undiagnosed learning disabilities, a child’s grades can fall very quickly, a child’s self-esteem can be destroyed, and is primed for a lifetime of struggle and difficulty.
In traditional education, children are taught in large groups. If a child is struggling, it is very difficult for the teacher to provide individual support and special instruction, or specific techniques that your child might need. Classrooms are filled with children who, due to these learning weaknesses, simply zone out, missing more and more instruction each day.
Even when teachers try to help, often they are instructed to teach to the students’ strengths. Many students are highly visual, but are forced to learn through primarily auditory means in school We find that teachers teach the way they are taught, and it is our job at Learning Enhancement to provide individualized training to make your student as strong as possible in all critical learning areas — so that, regardless of the methods of instruction the teacher uses, your child will be able to keep up and succeed.
How do I pay for this kind of help?
• VISA, MasterCard, Discover, American Express
• Installment payment plans, with zero percent interest
• Care Credit – a medical-based credit card with a low interest rate that allows families to obtain treatment for as little as $75.00 per month.
Some families have been successful receiving reimbursements for their Learning Enhancement Programs. We require that all Learning Center families pay for their services according to their financial agreements, and then they may file their own insurance and be reimbursed directly at a later date. We will be happy to provide letters of medical necessity, dates of services, invoices or other support documents to assist in this process.
Students and Medication
The decision to take medication for attention problems or for any other medical problems is a decision between the physician and parents/adult students. Learning Enhancement Center does not make that decision, nor do we make recommendations.
Some of our students take medication while others do not.
Usually we find that taking medication alone will not result in a student’s suddenly achieving the A/B honor roll or being promoted.
Many students are unable to take medication due to medical side effects.
My student routinely takes medication for attention/ concentration. Should they take medication on the day of the test?
Normally, students who routinely take prescription medication without side effects should take their medication on the day of the test in order to get best test results. Sometimes families are curious to see how their student will perform without medication. If this is your desire, please let our staff know ahead of time.
What medical diagnoses do we generally encounter in our students?
Most of our students are just regular kids who are struggling in the classroom, but we are particularly effective when the following problems are present:
• Attention Deficit Disorder
• Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
• Developmental delay
• High functioning Autism—Student must be able to speak
• Central Auditory processing problems
• Sensory Integration Disorders
• Bi-Polar Disorder