An Individualized Learning Style Identification begins with a parent consultation during which parents bring in samples of their child’s schoolwork, report cards, standardized tests, and teacher comments. We then complete a thorough review of the student’s academic records, conduct an interview with the parents, and discuss the students’ areas of strengths and weaknesses. The next step is meetings with the student during which we establish rapport, discuss the child’s perspective of school success and difficulties, and determine the child’s social/emotional coping strategies. The third step is a second meeting with the parents to develop a customized
plan to help solve the child’s school difficulties.
What might a customized plan include?
Depending on the findings of the initial meetings with the parents and the student, it may include:
Weekly sessions in which we provide academic assistance to the student.
Classroom Observations to gather information regarding the student's ability to stay on task.
Meeting with teachers to collaborate on strategies to assist the student with class and homework.
Meetings with students and parents to develop workable home plans assignments and studying
Individual counseling for students and/or family counseling.
Does a Learning Style Identification Replace a Full Academic and Psychological Evaluation?
Our Learning Style Identification utilizes an individual phenomenological approach to understand the student’s unique cognitive processing style. It does not involve lengthy paper and pencil tests.
What is a Phenomenological Approach?
A phenomenological approach to a Learning Style Identification is based upon observation of and interaction with the student. It includes viewing the schoolwork and classroom through the eyes of the child. A phenomenological approach seeks answers to the questions, “What is it like for this child at school?”
“How does this child react to school frustrations?”
“What academic strategies does this child use?”
“What academic strategies would work better for this child?”
“What does this child need to be happy and successful at school?”
What is the purpose of the Learning Style Identification?
To quickly discover a student’s areas of strengths and difficulties in order to develop customized learning, studying, and homework strategies that can be implemented immediately. A Learning Style Identification may result in a recommendation to parents to request an evaluation by the school or a private agency.
If a Student Ultimately Needs a Full Evaluation, How Was the Learning Style Identification Helpful?
By identifying a studnet's learning style, we can create a customize study skills strategy that will allow a student to learn more in less time. In addition, the identification of a student's learning style can prevent that student from falling behind in school while waiting for an evaluation. Full evaluations can take many weeks or months to complete. Typically a school district has up to 60 school days to complete an evaluation. Many private evaluators have a waiting list of students requesting evaluations. In the meantime, the Learning Style Assessment provides vital information that teachers can use to develop classroom accommodations to assist students in their studies.