Does Your Child Struggle in School?

“Education is not the learning of facts, but the training of the mind to think.” – Albert Einstein

A Special Kind of Learning Centre

Every child is unique and every brain is unique.  If your child struggles in school, his or her brain may not have developed the skills necessary for school success.  This doesn’t mean it’s a bad brain; it means it is untrained in some of the skills that school requires.  These skills include memory, attention, processing rate, listening skills, visual processing, logic and reasoning, phonological processing (especially for reading), etc.  If these skills were well-trained, your child would be thriving in school.

Read the following list.  How many of these items apply to your child’s learning problems?

  • Your child struggles to keep up with the class (may even be on an Individualized Education Plan).
  • Your child is not a proficient reader despite lots of extra help.
  • Your child is frequently embarrassed and feels shame about his or her learning struggles.
  • Your child is becoming a behaviour problem in the classroom.
  • The teacher has suggested that it is an attention issue, possibly even Attention Deficit Disorder or  ADHD, and that medication may be beneficial.
  • You’ve been told that your child has a “different” learning style. (For school success your child must be able to learn in the way the lesson is being given, usually with listening and/or reading abilities. Trainable skills!)
  • You and the teacher are dumbfounded as to why your bright child struggles with simple tasks.
  • There is an excessive amount of homework because schoolwork isn’t being completed in class.
  • Your child hates school.
  • Your child’s learning problems may be having an impact on your family i.e. frequent fights about schoolwork or behaviour, your other children feel short-changed for attention.

Click here if your child has Autism, Attention Deficit Disorder, ADHD, Learning Disabilities, Dyslexia, Auditory Processing Disorder, Intellectual Disabilities, or another diagnosed medical condition that is responsible for the learning challenges.  Accomplished Learning Centre offers programs for these kids, too!)

As a therapeutic learning centre, Accomplished Learning Centre has access to specialized programs that can really change the way a kid learns.  This is very different from traditional learning centres offering academic tutoring (just more teaching).  Hence,

“We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.” – Albert Einstein

Does Your Child Face Any of These Learning Challenges?

Following is a list of common problems that affect a child’s ability to learn in school. Go to our Challenges page to learn more and to get the information you need to  do something about improving your child’s future!

  • Reading – Difficulty learning to read; poor reading comprehension, fluency, sounding out.
  • Writing – Can’t put thoughts on paper.
  • Spelling – After much studying may pass the spelling test but misspells words minutes or days later.
  • Comprehension – Doesn’t understand what’s said or read.
  • Focus, concentration – Can’t focus on a task, easily distracted.
  • Attention, listening – Doesn’t pay attention to speaker, forgets or can’t follow instructions, easily distracted by sounds.
  • Overly active – Squirms, tips chair, frequently gets up to sharpen pencil or use bathroom, distracts other students.
  • Math – Can’t remember math facts, doesn’t understand word problems, lacks concept understanding.
  • Handwriting, printing – Sloppy, off the lines, doesn’t seem to care how it looks.
  • Poor memory – Forgets homework at school, doesn’t remember what to do, can’t memorize lists or facts.
  • Easily frustrated – Gets angry, gives up, cries, shouts, throws tantrums, or withdraws.
  • Unmotivated or lazy – Doesn’t seem to care to even try anymore.

 There are solutions!

“Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” – Albert Einstein

If spending more time and effort on schoolwork (doing more homework, getting one-on-one help at school, or an after-school tutor) is not reaping different results, maybe it’s time to look at doing something different!

More teaching is not the solution to learning challenges. The solutions lie in special programs designed to improve thinking and learning abilities. These programs strengthen attention, memory, listening, processing speed, phonological processing, executive function, and other thinking abilities. Accomplished Learning Centre provides these specialized programs for strengthening thinking skills and improving a child’s ability to learn in a regular classroom.

Assessment and Parent Consultation, $189

The first step is to contact Accomplished Learning Centre for an assessment in order to find out what’s really going on. Then you will return a few days later for a Parent Consultation to go over the results.

At the Parent Consultation you will get a very good idea of how and why your child is struggling and what can be done about it. We will discuss your child and the problems he or she is having and go over the assessment results in detail. Then, together, we can determine which program or programs would be most suitable for your child’s needs and personality, and your goals for your child and budget.

All programs are eligible for Autism funding in BC.

Phone 604-539-1386 or 1-855-539-1386 to discuss your child’s learning challenges and which programs are best to address his or her needs.