The Speech, Language & Learning Center offers a comprehensive assessment battery consisting of diagnostic tests designed to identify your child's strengths and weaknesses. After the assessment, a consultation is scheduled to explain the results and discuss an individualized intervention tailored to specifically address areas of concern.
Individualized Cognitive-Sensory Approaches To Intervention
Seeing Stars® for Reading Fluency and Spelling
Is reading fluency a problem for your child? Does your child have difficulty remembering sight words or words that cannot be sounded out? Your child may have difficulty with the following:
- Reading Rate
- Reading Accuracy
- Reading Multi-Syllable Words
A reason for poor memory of sight words is a poor visual memory. Your child may have difficulty remebering spelling patterns of words and experience problems acquiring the large sight-word base necessary for fluent reading.
Lindamood Phoneme Sequencing® (LiPS) Program for Reading, Spelling and Speech
Does your child have difficulty reading and spelling words? Has he/she been labeled dyslexic or learning disabled? Your child may have difficulty with the following:
- Reading Multi-Syllable Words
Visualizing and Verbalizing for Language Comprehension and Thinking®
Does your child read words accurately, but struggle to comprehend the content? Do words seem to go in one ear and out the other? Are there problems with following directions in the classroom or at home? Do teachers say he/she is not trying, is lazy or inattentive? Your child may have difficulty with the following:
- Reading Comprehension
- Oral-Language Comprehension
- Written-Language Skills
A reason for language-comprehension problems is difficulty with concept imagery, the ability to quickly and accurately form mental pictures matching what we read and hear. This weakness would cause students to get only "parts" rather than the whole picture, and interfere with the ability to recall information.
Unlike language, reading is not innate; it must be taught.
ABC dEcode® is a comprehensive set of exercises that has been developed over 30 years at Dr. Debby Chesnie Cooper's Education and Remediation Centre in Toronto. Learning disabilities and processing deficits in children and adults can be successfully overcome through the application of a systematic method of teaching that relies on breaking down information into very small units.
dEcode® is the remarkable philosophy that has grown from this, which combines both a method and a program and is supported by the latest neurological research. It is a comprehensive literacy intervention tool that makes reading a rewarding adventure for individuals with a learning disability.
ABC dEcode® establishes a sense of success even if certain steps require an intensive amount of time to fully address particular difficulties. It includes a comprehensive set of more than 3,500 pages of reading exercises, however each student does only those that he or she needs; no one does them all. The exercises are important, but it is the way they are individually chosen, structured, and delivered that makes them really work.
dEcode® is unique in that it addresses the underlying processing problems inherent in the development of reading and numeracy skills, and permits students to enjoy satisfying, progressive success.
There is nothing more empowering than being able to read! Secrets are gone and the child's self esteem blossoms. There is no feeling "stupid" any longer.
What does ABC dEcode® teach?
ABC dEcode® is the beginning of reading. It is the place to start.
Before you can "sound out" a word, you have to have a fast automatic association between letters and sounds. Most learners pick this up quickly, but anyone who doesn't pick up decoding automatically needs to be taught. In particular, students with problems such as Central Auditory Processing Deficit (CAPD), visual reversal and visual spatial difficulties, will experience enormous difficulties that traditional teaching simply cannot address because it doesn't teach in enough depth.
You might describe this program as "pre-phonetics," because it is the part of reading that comes before traditional phonetics. A better description might be to say that ABC dEcode® is a special systematic method of teaching. The exercises are important, but it is the way they are individually chosen, structured, and delivered that makes them really work.
One of our students described it as "brain gym" — a set of exercises that focuses on strengthening the "weak muscles" around skills in sound discrimination or short-term memory. These skills are the foundation of literacy, and once they are in place the student is ready to embark on a lifetime of reading success.
How does ABC dEcode® differ from traditional phonics programs?
In its simplest form, a letter is a visual shape coded to a single auditory sound. A child must master that system of coding before he or she can move past it to understand the meaning of words coded in letters. Most phonics programs present one sound with all its different symbol representations. For anyone with a visual or auditory problem, these rules are overwhelming. The fragile reader needs to learn consistency and this is where dEcode® begins.
In ABC dEcode®, the focus is on the consistency between sound and its letter symbol. As students learn and test this consistency, they understand they can rely on it. Automaticity is developed, empowering the individual to transfer this learning to reading.
ABC dEcode® is truly an individualized program with paths defined by the sounds each individual finds easiest to master and retain. Not only is the process instantly gratifying, results are achieved in a minimal amount of time. ABC dEcode® has proven to be more motivating and reliable than traditional phonics programs by laying a solid foundation for reading.
What are the tangible results?
Success is rapidly achieved. Students of at least average intelligence and normal hearing, who follow the requirements of the program consistently, repeatedly demonstrate significant reading improvement, averaging 3 grade levels in 3 to 5 months.
What kind of commitment is required?
ABC dEcode® requires a time commitment of 10-20 minutes per day, 4-5 days per week. More allotment than this becomes counterproductive. Travel time back and forth and parking costs are eliminated after the initial testing and training, since most families work on dEcode® at home with intermittent facilitator help by phone.
Instead of having to make several appointments at learning centers, this system allows appointments to be made while you are at home, and programming can be instructed so that you can be working individually until the next instructional date.
dEcode® For Kids Reading
dEcode® For Kids is the only reading program that starts at the very beginning — with the auditory coding of single sounds. Developed by Dr. Chesnie Cooper, a Toronto learning disabilities specialist, its simple and comprehensive approach gets children on the path to reading at a young age.
At its heart, the modern phonetic alphabet is just that — phonetic. The essence of phonetics is auditory, based on sound. In its most fundamental form, a letter is a simple visual shape coded to a single auditory sound. Your child must make that system of coding a fluent skill before he or she can move past it to understand the meaning of the words coded in letters, and cope with the inconsistent rules of English spelling.
It sounds simple, and it is — it is also a highly rewarding learning experience for your child. Children love mimicry and repetition. All parents know that children will repeat the same game over and over, long after the parent is sick of playing. Our program operates on the same premise, this natural tendency of children finding pleasure in imitation and repetition, working toward the moment when they feel the empowerment of "I can do it myself!"
The dEcode® For Kids Reading 2-CD set is accompanied by workbooks full of exercises that turn repetition into learning. Your child willingly repeats the exercise over and over until the visual/auditory attachment has been perfected.
Many children will need no further introduction to reading than the two levels of dEcode® For Kids Reading.
On Cloud Nine® Math
Does your child struggle with basic math facts and computation or have difficulties with the conceptual aspect of mathematics? Your child may have difficulty with the following:
- Internalizing Math Facts
- Grasping Mathematical Relationships
- Solving Word Problems
A reason for math difficulties is the inability to image and verbalize math concepts. Weaknesses in these areas may interefere with your child's inability to think, reason and problem solve with numbers.
The Singapore Math Method
Individualized or small-group instruction based on the internationally recognized Singapore Math curriculum is offered to complement as well as remediate difficulties in mathematical skills. Math students in Singapore consistently place first on international math exams, not because they are brighter than American students, but because they receive superior instruction. The Singapore Method teaches mathematical concepts from concrete through pictorial to abstract, enabling students to solve complex, multi-step problems. The program provides students with the technical mastery and deep understanding necessary to succeed in Algebra and higher mathematics. SLLC offers free diagnostic examinations to evaluate your child's proficiency and place him or her at the appropriate instructional level.
Fast ForWord® View Series Exercises
Fast ForWord software develops and strenghtens memory, attention, processing rate and sequencing — the cognitive skills essential to learning and reading success. The strengthening of these skills results in a wide range of improved critical language and reading skills such as phonological awareness, phonemic awareness, fluency, vocabulary, comprehension, decoding, working memory, syntax, grammar and other skills necessary to learn how to read or become a better reader.
A cutting-edge, computer-based program, Earobics provides individually paced instruction in the foundational skills necessary for reading. Progressively more challenging levels of instruction are utilized to help students build critical literacy skills including recognizing and blending sounds, rhyming words and discriminating the individual sounds, or phonemes within words.
Readers with fluency problems read slowly and inaccurately which may interfere with reading comprehension. Reading can become an unpleasant task. Fluent readers read without thinking about the process, allowing them to focus on the meaning, making reading a pleasurable activity. Read Naturally provides struggling readers with an individually-paced program to develop reading fluency utilizing three research-based strategies:
- Teacher Modeling
- Repeated Reading
- Progress Monitoring
By combing these strategies into one powerful program, Read Naturally keeps students on task as they build reading fluency and accelerate their reading achievement.
The SLLC provides small group instruction to support parents in homeschooling their children. The SLLC provides a full-day curriculum instruction based on California standards or a supplemental curriculum. California credentialled teachers work with your child providing individually-paced instruction in academics. Whether your child requires remedial attention to prepare them to return to mainstream education or to enhance their current academic skills, our teachers strive to assist each child to reach their fullest potential.
MIND Research Institute Math
MIND Research Institute Math uses spatial temporal reasoning to develop and enhance performance in mathematics. The MIND Institute K-5 program delivers math training through a series of computerized games which target grade-level mathematic curriculum. The program is aligned to California state standards and is based on 30+ years of solid, groundbreaking research into the mind at the University of California. The engaging and motivating computer games keep students captivated while improving their performance in mathematics. The MIND Research Institute's Algebra Readiness rebuilds a solid math foundation for struggling middle and high school students. The MIND's innovative visual approach engages students by engaging the learners' spatial temporal reasoning abilities to form the foundation for success in Algebra 1.