There is a formula for learning success, one we have found works time and again. Like magic, when these skills are brought together, the student fills in missing gaps, builds a strong learning foundation, gains confidence, and learns to learn! This equates to learning success time and again! Can you think of anything more beautiful for a struggling learner?
Students with learning differences often have a challenging time with gross motor activities. These learners might be clumsy, uncoordinated, or unorganized. Since gross motor skills are the first building block to learning, the Harp Learning Institute makes sure that all students' gross motor abilities are within normal ranges. Even if a student is an excellent athlete or very coordinated, we still want to ensure that all of the learning components are set firmly in place. Children naturally develop from gross motor to fine motor skills, but many students are expected to perform fine motor skills even though their gross motor skills are weak.
At Harp, we include an occupational therapy component to equip students with solid gross motor skills, which in turn relates to strong fine motor skills. Too many students are ill prepared to write and perform even basic academic activities simply because they may have skipped some of these crucial steps along the way. By filling in these gaps, students can later read, write, and do math as expected.
We take in light with our eyes but process visual information in our brains. Learners who process visual information incorrectly do not perceive information as expected. They may skip letters or lines when reading or view letters or numbers as backward. diagonal, or upside down. These students might perceive horizontal lines to be diagonal or vertical, have double vision, or have a difficult time holding images (such as letters and numbers) in visual memory. Often these poor visual processors cannot distinguish the subtle differences between the shapes of letters and numbers. This results in guessing, which is not efficient and leads to poor reading abilities, low grades, and failure to pass tests, even though these students may be quite intelligent. Students with visual processing issues have a difficult time decoding words, reading sight words, memorizing math facts and recalling numbers.
The Harp Learning Institute incorporates a visual therapy component in its 5-step program that strengthens visual processing skills. Students are then able to perceive and process visual information correctly, which leads to not only to academic but life success.
The brain is also the central processing station for auditory processing. We take in sounds with our ears, but process auditory information in the brain. Students who process auditory information incorrectly have a difficult time following directions, focusing, and struggle with the basic skill of communication. These students may not hear the endings of words or sentences, might hear only every second or third word in a sentence, or fail to filter out environmental noises. Because of this, these students are highly distracted and have a difficult time focusing, especially in a traditional classroom. Often they are misdiagnosed as having ADD/ADHD.
At Harp, we teach our students to "hear" correctly. We practice processing beginnings and endings of sounds and words. Students practice the subtle nuances of differences between sounds, words, and phrases. We have them pick out missing sounds and phrases from short and then lengthy passages. These students learn to follow auditory directions! And this relates to better understanding of what the teacher is instructing and increased grades and organization. In addition, through specific exercises that target "filtering" out extraneous noise, these students learn to focus and succeed not only in the classroom but in social situations as well.
With the Building Blocks for Learning System, we immediately begin building up students' memory skills. This is crucial for test taking, recalling math facts, participating in class discussions, remembering multi-step math steps, writing essays, and spelling words correctly. Have you ever noticed someone who can tell you about a movie in entire detail, but cannot remember a simple multiplication fact? Many things come into play here, but students can't be expected to have a strong working memory without first possessing basic auditory and visual memory skills so they can hold and manipulate letters, numbers, and images in their minds. Once the basic until can be recalled, then the pieces to create a complete word or number sequence can be learned. This, in turn, leads to academic success by allowing the student to remember and work with what was introduced at school. Homework can be done without battles because the student can remember and utilize information. Tests can be passed because the information was retained.
All students have to spell incorporated into the system by writing basic sounds, increasing these sounds in a "nonsense" form so they learn to actually hear and write the sounds, and by increasing auditory and visual memory skills, Often, this is the last academic component that falls into place for the student.
Now you can purchase our TouchTile Reading System, which is a multi-sensory system that has the student actually moving to learn to read! This cutting edge program has taken word guessers and turned them into word readers in as little as ten sessions!
Is your child or student struggling with math? We have theDyscalculia Workbookas well as our TouchTile Multiplication Facts System available now so that math doesn't have to be a foreign language your child can't master. At the Harp Learning Institute, we use these exercises every day to help students struggling with math. The results? Remarkable. Students who couldn't pass simple math tests are now soaring in Algebra and higher level math courses. We believe that if a student isn't succeeding in math, we need to go all the way back to the beginning and fill in the missing gaps. The Building Blocks for Learning System has a component that does this, but it is crucial that students receive specific academic instruction in a manner they have not been exposed to before if they are to reach learning success.
In the higher levels of the program, students are introduced to study skills, logical thinking, and the basis of strong math and science components that lead to optimal executive thinking skills. This, in turn, translates to better grades, higher test scores, and a happy student who is able to perform homework independently!
When struggling students are exposed to these skills on a regular basis, learning success is the outcome! It doesn't take a professional or a teacher to perform these activities at home! The Harp Learning System has been used for almost twenty years with a 98% success rate.
We realize that not everybody can come to our California and Colorado learning centers, so we have made the Harp Learning System available to you. It is affordable, easy to use, and with consistency, your child will achieve learning success!
And, who better than the parent to help the student reach learning success? Never has it been easier to help your child or student overcome dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, ADD/ADHD, autism, or any learning disability that prevents your child from reaching learning success!
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