Learning Specialist Services

Students work one-on-one with our learning specialist to improve their executive functioning and academic skills by developing a toolbox of techniques to help them become more mindful learners. Our learning specialist will collect information from the student’s family, school, and the clinical team to create a customized plan to reach the student’s goals, empowering them to be their own advocates. Students’ will learn explicit strategies, improving their self-confidence, and ultimately cultivating a love for learning.

Literacy Skills Support

What are literacy skills?

Literacy skills are needed for reading and writing.  They develop at different stages throughout student’s education, however, sometimes without intervention or explicit strategies, students can fall behind with these skills and it can impact all subjects as well as daily life.  As students get older, they require these skills to build their knowledge or accomplish specific goals.

How do I know if my child needs coaching and how can it help?

If your child struggles with reading comprehension or general writing tasks, they may benefit from tutoring and more personalized instruction and support.   Reading comprehension such as understanding story elements, the structure of fiction or non-fiction texts, story development, character analysis, or understanding big ideas, themes, etc. are important to develop critical thinking skills needed. These are skills that if not mastered early on, can impact students’ ability to engage in the written word and communicate effectively, or understand real-world issues as they arise.

These can be dramatically improved with remediation and explicit instruction.  Students can develop a framework and strategies that can be applied across subjects and into the real world.  For example, understanding how to identify main ideas start as young as 4th grade and increase as students go through middle and high school.  As adults, we synthesize information daily to obtain the main idea, which ultimately shapes our opinions, beliefs, and desires.  In addition, students can improve their ability to make inferences and analyze material to understand the deeper meaning.  This is also a skill that is not always explicitly taught but can enhance a student’s entire schooling experience.

Literacy skill support can improve skills such as:

  • Reading Stamina
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Critical Thinking Skills
  • Brainstorming Strategies
  • Planning
  • Outlining
  • Paragraph & Essay Writing

Study Skills Support 

Study Skills  

  • Productive Brain Breaks
  • Backward Planning
  • Monthly/Weekly Study Schedule
  • Creating Effective Study Guides
  • Note-Taking Tips
  • Improve Vocabulary Retention
  • Stress to Success (reframe)

Executive Functioning Coaching

What are Executive Functioning Skills?

Executive functioning skills are neurocognitive (mental) skills required to learn, work, and manage daily life.  These skills, such as working memory, flexible thinking, and self-control allow students to engage in goal-directed thought, action, and emotion. These skills are needed for various kinds of behavior, including persistence, being able to focus on several things at once, shifting easily between tasks, and reflective learning.

How Do I Know if My Child Needs Coaching and How Can it Help?

If someone is having trouble with executive functioning skills, it can make it difficult to focus, follow directions, organize ideas or things, and regulate emotions, among other things. Executive Functioning skills can, however, be improved. In fact, all learners can benefit from improved executive functioning skills, which is good news since they are critical for school and job success and for mental and physical health.

Improve skills such as:

  • Time Management
  • Attention
  • Flexible Thinking
  • Self-Monitoring (self-control)
  • Working Memory
  • Perseverance
  • Planning
  • Organization
  • Self-Regulation
  • Metacognition
  • Task Initiation