Is your centre only catering to special needs children and youth?
Absolutely not. We provide a spectrum of services to meet almost all levels of needs in learning difficulties, even learning disabilities.
Due to our belief in our work, we usually do not reject children and youth when they have learning difficulties or disabilities. We provide what special schools do not provide and help them in areas they can learn better and be a better person in this competitive society.
We have students from primary and secondary schools, tertiary instittutions like ITE, Junior Colleges, local polytechnics and even local universities. We also have students from American schools and gifted schools as well.
Can gifted children have learning difficulties?
Certainly, in our years of providing this program, we have met many gifted children and youth.
Let’s start with the gifted child already in gifted schools.
They are certainly smart and intelligent to begin with because physiologically and cognitively, they are strong in learning. However, if they are weak social and emotionally, they may not be able to handle the stress and this could lead to them dropping out of the program. This group of students need help.
The other group is those who can do extremely well in certain subjects but most of the time, it is a regurgitation process where they simply memorize and reproduce what they have learnt. As they grow older, abstract interpretation in math and creative writing will become an issue. This group of students need help too.
Next, we go to those not identified as gifted yet. Many undiscovered gifted and talented children (even adults) are often mistaken as having behavior and learning problems. They are often mistaken because there are many similarities in symptoms between a gifted child and a child with learning disability or disorder.
While many gifted children are very intelligent and have no apparent motor issues, it is not uncommon to find gifted children behaving in a clumsy manner – where their verbal presentation and tactile movement do not coordinate well – because they think faster than they act.
Without intervention, these gifted children will develop esteem issues and for some, learning difficulties as well. They end up having to use compensation methods and techniques in their academic pursuit.
How long is the program for my child?
We have a policy of not hoarding students in our centre. Once we assessed that the student is ready to learn on their own, we always release them so parents do not have to bear the burden of paying for the program. Self-motivation is crucial in learning.
The student will initially go through an intensive learning therapy to construct and reconstruct learning habits and subsequently go through a couple of terms to achieve significant results in learning.
All in all, 60 sessions to 90 sessions (inclusive of intensive sessions) of learning therapy of 75 minutes per session should be good enough.
How long will the initial assessment take?
There are two assessments in total. The 1st assessment is the physiological and cognitive assessment which will take approximately 1½ – 2½ hours. The 2nd assessment will take approximately 1 hour to assess the student’s social and emotional competencies in learning.
The 2 assessments must be done separately for effective results. This is because after the 1st assessment; the student will probably be too tired to go through another hour of learning counselling session, answering questions.
How will the parents be involved?
It is essential for parents to work closely with our consultant to help the child in their learning journey.
In most cases, we would request both parents to be involved so that a proper plan including parental understanding, support and concern can be a moving force for a child to better his learning journey.
Parenting tips will also be shared during such sessions.
What about older youths and adults? Can they also benefit from the program?
Certainly, sharpening and enhancement of our own personal learning intelligence is functional in nature. As we grow older, our efficiency will increase but our functioning will decrease at the same time – sometimes faster than we realize.
Hence, it is always crucial to stay sharp if we want to learn and continue to learn. We have many students from tertiary institutes like polytechnics, junior colleges and even universities attending our learning enhancement program.
Is it common that children and youth give up half way through the program?
Children love our program because they can feel the difference. It is usually the parents who cannot see immediate results who react negatively. They often want to build Rome in a day.
Most of the time, it is the parents who give up half way through the program due to lack of patience. They will usually divert the child to tuition programs, further worsening the child’s learning difficulties. Most of the time, these parents come back to join the program again when the child starts to bolt and rebel against tuition programs because they are an achievement-based exercise. What we provide is foundational strengthening which involves many motivations and coaching techniques.
Tuition is sometimes necessary, but let’s get the child’s learning foundation settled first before sending them for any tuition.