Core Learning Skills

What Are Core Learning Skills?

Core Learning Skills training involves a series of exercises to help make neurological connections in the brain that are critical to comfortable learning and functioning. These are connections that should have occurred early in development but did not fully develop. The Core Learning Skills Training activities help integrate primitive survival reflexes and improve interpretation of sensory input, body and attention awareness and control, and learning efficiency.

Children with learning and attention challenges are often very inflexible. The mental flexibility and adaptability needed for ease in learning, social relationships, and general functions begins at the core learning skills level. We are working towards students doing the activities in Core Learning Skills Training effortlessly, independently, and with flexibility.

Core Learning Programs

CORE
CORE consists of 14 Core Skill Areas, each of which has a number of different, sequential activities designed to integrate reflexes, build body awareness and control, increase attention and concentration, and develop visual skills and internal organization needed for learning. Read More.

Write Brain
Write Brain is a multi-sensory handwriting program that provides an engaging format of developing grapho motor skills.  Much more than a just a handwriting program, the Retrain-The-Brain program bypasses the thinking brain to stimulate the brain’s lower levels, especially the emotional brain to stabilize impulse control. Read More.

iLs (Integrated Listening System)
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Interactive Metronome
The human brain’s efficiency and performance depend on the seamless transition of neuro-network signals from one area of the brain to another. Scientific studies suggest that IM works by augmenting internal processing speed within the neuro-axis. The key regions of the brain that are affected appear to include the cerebellum, prefrontal cortex, cingulate gyrus and basal ganglia. These parts of the brain are responsible for human timing as well as other day to day functions such as: sustained attention, language formulation, motor coordination and balance.

The IM program provides a structured, goal-oriented process that challenges the patient to synchronize a range of hand and foot exercises to a precise computer-generated reference tone heard through headphones. The patient attempts to match the rhythmic beat with repetitive motor actions. A patented auditory-visual guidance system provides immediate feedback measured in milliseconds, and a score is provided. Read More.

PATH To Reading
PATH therapy has been designed as a computer-based CD-ROM game that improves learning ability and attention span in school, enhances the desire to read, raises self-esteem and significantly improves general behavior.  PATH To Reading was developed by Dr. Teri Lawton, a neurobiologist who has studied visual perception for over 30 years. Her research shows that the core deficiency of many poor readers is an impaired visual ability to discriminate the direction of motion, which results in spatial and temporal sequencing problems caused by neural timing deficits. PATH’s direction discrimination training tunes the brain’s neural timing, enabling the magnocellular (large) neurons in the motion pathway to improve the intake of visual information. In turn, this allows the pattern-sensitive cells (the parvocellular, or small neuron, pathway) to isolate and process letters and words. Read More.