If a student does not have strong underlying skills he/she will not be successful regardless of how impressive and comprehensive the curriculum. Our program focuses on the underlying skills that create an independent and productive learner. Students that struggle with communication, cognition, social interaction, sensory integration, or other underlying areas need these areas to be a main focus in their educational program.
Individualized program: A truly individualized program is designed to address the needs of each student. Students at Creative Learning spend a significant amount of time working one on one with instructors for training in cognitive & auditory processing, perceptual motor functioning, and reading. We also design a customized program that will be infused throughout the day to address deficits in sensory integration, communication, social skills, and independent functioning. This format dramatically increases the rate at which a student will make personal gains.
Some of our areas of focus include:
- Cognitive Therapy – Cognitive processing skills can be greatly improved through a specialized therapy program designed to individually work on each of the component areas of processing. Each student at Creative Learning has a program that focuses on his/her particular areas of deficit. Cognitive therapy is provided one on one by our specially trained staff. We design specific activities to work with children of varying exceptionalities and levels of functioning.
- Dyslexia Remediation – Dyslexia is caused by various processing deficits including auditory comprehension confusion, visual symbol confusion, and attention focus disruption. First we determine the cause of the student’s dyslexia. Then through an intense individualized program we work to resolve his/her individual learning challenges. This process enables students to become proficient and enthusiastic readers.
- Sensory Integration & Perceptual-Motor Training – Perception is the act of giving meaning to sensory input. There are seven different types of sensory input: kinesthetic, vestibular, visual, tactile, auditory, olfactory, and gustatory. When a student has difficultly with the integration of sensory input his/her overall functioning is impeded. We custom design a program to improve a student’s ability to appropriately integrate sensory input and proceed through the perceptual-motor processing stages more efficiently.
- Auditory Therapy – Ears do more than just hear. Even students with good hearing can have vestibular dysfunctions that prevent them from functioning optimally in the world around them. A custom designed auditory therapy program focused on target areas can greatly improve: reading, language comprehension, posture, balance, handwriting, auditory hypersensitivity, eye-hand coordination, hyperactivity, speech, organizational skills, and more…
- Communication – Communication is more than just speaking. When a child begins to ask for preferred items or responds to simple questions such as “What is that?” parents often feel relieved. Unfortunately, many children do not naturally move from that first stage of verbalization to the next stage of back and forth communication. We developed specialized activities to bridge this gap and enable our students to successfully move from simple verbalization to true communication.
- Social Skills Training – Skill deficits in the area of socialization are due either to a lack of skill acquisition or to performance deficits. Students are best able to acquire these skills through an intensive program that is both infused throughout the day and designed based on the specific nature of his/her specific deficits. We place an emphasis on social skills training and realize that the ability to socialize has a tremendous impact on the ability to learn and develop.
Many of our students have successfully moved from our special education program into a mainstream program. Those with long-term or extensive special needs are able to stay within our program through age 22 and enjoy a significantly improved quality of life due to their new found skills and independence.