Charles Eberhard School Superintendent
Charles praises Learning Technics' Intercept Program
" When I left the district in 1993, almost all the students who had been through Learning Technics' Project Intercept were finding success in the regular classroom and the number of special education students had been reduced significantly."
During the late 1980's I was superintendent of Fredonia-Moccasin Unified School District in northern Arizona. For some time I had been concerned about the relative lack of success of Special Education programs in the public schools. It seemed that children who were classified as having special needs were put into a system from which they seldom left, remaining special education students through elementary, middle school and high school. Kindergarten and First Grade teachers knew early on that certain students were having difficulty with learning processes. I felt that if these children could be identified at an early age and their specific learning problems addressed early on, that perhaps the prolonged special education label could be eliminated.
One of my elementary teachers, Mary Johnson, introduced me to Learning Technics, a program John Heath had been developing that seemed to address the concerns I had. With the approval of the district board of education, we began a training process with teachers and parents that we called Project Intercept. We identified students who were not yet classified as Special Ed and began the program. When I left the district in 1993, almost all the students who had been through Project Intercept were finding success in the regular classroom and the number of special education students had been reduced significantly. I felt that the key to the success of the program was a close working relationship between parents and teachers in providing an intense one-on-one training of students to confront the developmental processes needed to overcome specific learning disabilities.In the 1990's I was superintendent of Laramie County School District #2 in southeastern Wyoming. I was able to introduce Project Intercept into that district. One significant aspect of the program there was the incident of one teacher using the skills she had been taught by Learning Technics on an 8th grade student who was in Special Education. She found that the techniques worked with older students as well. However, this student was highly motivated, as he didn't want to be classified as Special Ed when he went to high school. He made amazing progress, and entered the 9th grade as a regular education student.
I sincerely believe that by identifying children with learning disabilities at an early age, and intensely working with them on an individual basis, that developmental processes can be channeled so that the disabilities can be overcome and self-esteem enhanced.
Learning Technics-Better Than Tutoring Services
Tutoring is time-consuming and often expensive. What's worse, it is also pretty ineffective at helping students overcome learning disabilities. This is because tutoring services are often working on the wrong end of the learning problem.
For example, when a student struggles with reading, most often the tutoring solution is to provide more reading practice and exercises. When the reading problem stems from an inability to process the information needed for interpreting words on the page, extra practice simply exacerbates the reading problem.
The Problem with Tutoring Services
Many tutoring services simply provide students' brains with more practice processing information incorrectly-which does not improve their overall performance. Quite often, any gains students make through additional practice are a result of simply memorizing the concepts they're practicing. This, at best, provides some short-term improvements, but is not a permanent solution for the student.
Tutoring is a very inefficient way to approach learning and is not the same as learning to learn the concepts. At Learning Technics, we focus on the crux of the learning problem. It all starts with how the brain processes information during the neurological learning phase (that is, the part of learning where your brain physically changes by making neural pathways to accommodate new information).
The Learning Technics Solution for Eliminating Tutoring
Most learning problems stem from the brain's inability to process certain types of information correctly. This creates a unique learning problem that can only be solved by reshaping the brain's neural pathways to make the connections needed for learning.
The Learning Technics approach to learning has proven to be a permanent solution for the following learning disabilities and more:
- Memory problems
- Poor reading comprehension
- Difficulty concentrating
- Difficulty with sequences or following directions
- Hearing discrimination problems
- Inability to complete tasks
- Directional problems (often related to dyslexia)
- Dyscalculia (problems with math)
Most students with learning difficulties have problems with several brain processes. Over the last two decades Learning Technics has developed a unique approach for assessing students' individual problems and effectively treating them with its patented Physio-Neuro Therapy.
The following are the main brain processes Learning Technics has identified as the main factors contributing to learning difficulties:
- Focus: The ability to keep the eyes and mind on a specific item or task without loss of concentration
- Cross patterning: The ability to coordinate both sides of the body and brain
- Motor match: The ability of all involved parts of the brain to respond on cue
- Visual memory: The ability to make mental pictures and to form and hold a visual image in your mind
- Tracking: The ability to move the eyes from focal point to focal point with smooth, accurate movements
- Figure ground: The ability to focus on a specific item or task amid distraction
- Directional Discrimination: The ability to distinguish directional orientation without relying on visual cues
- Position in space: The ability to determine mental and physical spatial relationships
- Size: The ability to determine importance or magnitude
- Shape: The ability to use all of the mental processes to conceptualize
Each of the above processes is essential to learning. Difficulty with one or more of these processes is often the real reason for learning disabilities. By targeting the specific brain processes students struggle with, Learning Technics is able to eliminate learning difficulties permanently. No additional tutoring is required once the student completes Physio-Neuro Therapy.
Here are just a few of the benefits Learning Technics students gain:
- Improved grades
- Better attitudes toward learning
- More initiative
- More confidence
- Improved focus
In about six months of Physio-Neuro Therapy, your student's prospects for academic success are completely changed and a lifetime without learning difficulties begins.