What Is Educational Therapy/Remediation?
Educational Therapy/Remediation is an approach used in the treatment of Learning Disabilities and Dyslexia. It targets specific skills deficits in reading, written language, or math and focuses on metacognitive and compensatory strategies to improve functioning. Direct, explicit, systematic instruction, coupled with best practices and research-based intervention strategies, are used to remediate skill deficits.
What Approach Is Used?
Dr. Jane utilizes an individualized approach in the treatment of Learning Disabilities and Dyslexia. Based on the child’s learning profile, an individual plan is developed to remediate areas of deficit. Recognizing each individual child’s unique learning style plays a critical piece in the remediation process.
What Methods Are Used?
Dr. Jane uses research-based methods, such as Orton-Gillingham, in which instruction is direct, explicit, systematic, cumulative, intensive, and multisensory. This method integrates listening, speaking, reading, and writing. This multisensory approach stimulates the visual, auditory, and kinesthetic-tactile pathways simultaneously to process information. Links are consistently made between the visual (language we see), auditory (language we hear), and kinesthetic-tactile (language symbols we feel) sensory channels of communication to increase learning and memory.
How Does This Help Remediate Dyslexia/Learning Disabilities?
Emphasis is placed on the structure of language including phonology (speech sound system), orthography (writing system), syntax (sentence structure), morphology (meaningful word parts), and semantics (cognitive structure of meaning).
Since Dyslexia is a language-based Learning Disability typically characterized by a phonological processing disorder, Dr. Jane incorporates the five basic elements of effective reading instruction as part of her remediation protocol. These five elements include: phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension.
Other strategies used by Dr. Jane emphasize planning, organization, attention to task, critical thinking, and self-monitoring.
Why Is Remediation Necessary?
Remediation is the KEY TO SUCCESS so your child will no longer struggle in school. When Learning Disabilities are not diagnosed or treated, academic difficulties persist which take a toll on both the psychological and emotional well-being of a child. Self-esteem is eroded and a child becomes unmotivated to learn. Remediation stops the cycle of failure.
Why Doesn’t Regular Tutoring Work?
Remediation of Learning Disabilities and Dyslexia requires the skill and expertise of a certified, trained Learning Consultant. Specific understanding of the neurological underpinnings of learning disorders, psychoeducational evaluations, and intervention strategies is critical in the treatment of Learning Disabilities and Dyslexia. Expertise in multisensory learning, alternative learning and instruction, and self-advocacy techniques is necessary. Furthermore, training in the treatment of executive function disorders and ADHD is also vital to the remediation process. Remediation is a highly specialized service which sets it far apart from basic tutoring which usually focuses on homework help.
What Steps Should a Parent Take?
Once your child has been diagnosed with a Learning Disability and/or Dyslexia, the single most important step for a parent to take is the remediation of the learning disorder. Nothing is more critical than having your child learn the skills to overcome his/her learning disability and meet with academic success in school.
What Should a Parent Expect?
Dr. Jane has treated and continues to treat countless numbers of children with Learning Disabilities, Dyslexia, and ADHD. Through her proven effective techniques, these children become proficient learners, perform on or above-grade level in reading, written language, and math, and are college-ready. Many have attended major universities, such as Yale, MIT, and Columbia, to name a few. These children gain self-esteem, are equipped with the strategies for academic success, and most importantly, are motivated to learn.