Special Help for Students with Special Needs

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Tutorial Services

Individualized support for students of any age, (preschool - adult), including:

  • tutorial assistance with academic subjects
  • special reading and math programs
  • cognitive skill development
  • social cognitive/thinking skill development
  • strategies to improve organization
  • practice, review, study skills and test-taking 

Educational Consulting

Oftentimes, as part of our tutorial assistance, our tutors and/or owner Lynda Allen, work closely with parents to help insure their child(ren) are in the right classroom, receiving all public school services they are eligible for, and are receiving the accommodations noted in their Academic Enrichment Plan (AEP), Individualized Education Plan (IEP), 504 Plan or Learning Prescription (LP). We also help guide parents through the ever-changing public school guidelines and new programs such as Remediation Through Intervention (RTI).

Life Coaching Services

Individuals with special needs have dreams and goals, too. Life Coaching can be empowering and supportive as they move toward a more independent lifestyle, work through a project, develop a set of skills, or learn to overcome a challenge. Life Coaching can support the family as well. To learn if this is a service for you, please contact Lynda Allen.

Learning RX is a very unique (and costly) approach to tutoring for the special needs child, and only available in Melbourne at this time. The Learning RX franchises train cognitive vs. academic skills. Even if you are not able to take advantage of their tutoring services, their website and newsletters provide very terrific and insightful information; especially for students with learning disabilities and differences. For more information go to: Learning RX.

Seven Secret Fears About Your Dyslexic Child

Dyslexia Insight #4: Seven Secret Fears About Your Dyslexic Child

By: Ben Foss, Contributing Writer,
Published Date: September 3, 2013

The hardest part about dyslexia is the loneliness. The same is true if you’re the parent of a dyslexic child. Feeling cut off from your friends, your school or, worse, your child, is tremendously painful.

People tend to focus on the functional challenges: spelling tests, chapter books, standardized tests. But it’s the secret fears about how dyslexia will play out that hold us back the most. In writing my book, a plan to help parents of dyslexic kids avoid some of the pitfalls that my parents and I faced, I documented and debunked some of the most common fears. Talking about them with a community you can trust is like putting sunlight on a muddy road. With enough time, the fear will evaporate like the water in the mud and you can begin focusing on how to move forward.

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Twelve Myths We Tend to Believe About Dyslexia

1. People with dyslexia see words backward, such as “dog” for “god” or “was” for “saw”.

This myth is incorrect. Dyslexia is not caused by a vision problem. Many people have a lifelong confusion over left and right. Plus, they have difficulty sounding out the words in the first place and may simply mix up the words. They do not see things backwards.

2. Dyslexia is a medical diagnosis.

Physicians do not test for dyslexia and it is not classified as a medical term. Physicians are not trained to test for reading, spelling, and writing difficulties and there is not a pill or medical procedure to help with those types of issues. 

3. Dyslexia cannot be diagnosed until third grade.

False. Professionals conducting cognitive testing can accurately diagnose reading problems as early as five years old.

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