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Are you a school?
The Learning Center is not a school. We identify the root of the problems, and work to help students overcome learning challenges. Our students attend public or private schools, or they may need support when enrolled in a home school or independent learning program.
What's the difference between educational therapy and tutoring?
Educational therapy takes a “whole child” approach, addressing the academic, social and emotional needs of each student. We work as a team with parents, teachers, and other professionals to provide the “just right” level of support or intervention needed to reach individual goals. Finding the root of the problem guides the intervention for each student. The educational therapist and staff work to develop and strengthen the areas that build confidence and efficiency in learning.
What is an educational therapist?
Educational Therapists usually have degrees in special education or counseling, in addition to a Master’s in education and specific training as an educational therapist. The goal of the educational therapist is to work with the whole child, to determine strengths and weaknesses in processing, study skills, and academics, and work as a case manager to coordinate services with the school and other professionals.
What are foundational programs?
Teachers and instructors work with a specific subject, assuming that a student processes information in an efficient way. But sometimes students have uneven learning profiles, and this causes a discrepancy between the student’s potential and actual academic performance. Foundational programs strengthen memory, attention, visual and auditory processing, auditory skills, logic and reasoning skills, language and sensory integration. Learning is easier when these processing skills are working efficiently. The latest brain research indicates that the “plasticity” of the brain makes it possible to retrain pathways that result in improved performance.
How do you determine what program works best for my dyslexic child?
It is important that instruction be comprehensive and systematic, and works with a student’s learning style. Orton Gillingham based programs include: Lindamood Bell LiPS, Visualizing and Verbalizing, Wilson Reading Program, Master the Code, and Project Read. For students who learn better by association, or those with severe memory and sequencing problems, Stevenson Language Program may be considered. Assessment and previous instructional success or failure helps to determine the best program for each student.
How long will it take my child to "catch up" with his/her peers?
Every student is an individual, and rates of learning vary. But generally about 100 hours of instruction can help a student gain 1-2 years in reading, spelling, writing or math. The more intensive the instruction, (at least 3 hours per week) the more significant the gains. Retraining the brain takes frequency and consistency. Ideally, students should come daily for 3-4 months when they have more severe learning problems. We work with the family, the goals, the extra-curricular activities, and student motivation to determine the time and approach that best meets the needs of the student.
What types of assesments are used?
We offer diagnostic assessments in reading, spelling, written language, math, and study/organizational skills. In depth assessments include psychoeducational evaluations, sensory integration evaluations, or speech/language evaluations, if they are needed.
What are the costs of your program, and is there any finding or scholarship?
Fees will always be discussed by our Director at your initial meeting. We suggest that parents obtain funding by using credit cards, pre-tax dollars from employee accounts, or in some cases, applying to nonprofit organizations for assistance, particularly when the student requires very intensive work. You may also be eligible for Self-Determination Funding through your local Regional Center. Check with your insurance company and tax specialist for reimbursement and potential tax deductions.
Will the school district pay for these services?
Sometimes. Banyan Tree Learning Centers can serve school districts as independent contractors if a district believes a student requires our services. Districts are making great efforts to appropriately address the needs of the students they serve. However, there are times when a student needs a different environment, or requires more intensive services than can be offered on a school campus, or needs a program not offered by the district. The IEP team may then determine that the best place to address those needs is through an independent contractor. They will then contact Banyan Tree about providing those services.
How is Banyan Tree Learning Center different from other franchised tutoring centers?
Banyan Tree Learning Center is privately owned and operated. Therefore, we have the flexibility to look for and implement new programs, allow our students to benefit from the latest brain research as it relates to learning, and custom design a program for each student or adult who enters our Centers.
We have a team approach to more complex learning problems, and we can offer intervention in processing skills, academics, speech/language and social skills, occupational therapy and sensory integration techniques — all at one location — our Point Loma or Oceanside campus! (This is a tremendous help to parents, who can avoid driving all over town for services!)
Students may receive help with a specific subject, but they are also taught how they LEARN best. So study skills, self-advocacy, and a wealth of strategies are tools students can go home with, in addition to help with classwork or remediation of disabilities.