Where do we begin?
Power Tools for Learning starts the evaluation process with a comprehensive assessment of the individual’s learning abilities. This assessment is based on the Structure of Intellect ™ (SOI) Theory, which states that intelligence can be taught.
The SOI evaluation will be followed by a Sensory Integration Screening, Behavioral Vision Screening, Central Auditory Processing Evaluation, Digit Span Evaluation (to test short-term auditory and visual memory), and a balance screening.
The end result is a complete roadmap of your intellectual abilities and how you learn.
Having discovered which tasks are causing you difficulty, such as learning to read, we can help you acquire the abilities needed to achieve success in that particular area. Once you are trained in those abilities, you can learn to perform the task at an optimum level.
Using a series of evaluation tools we are able to make an accurate assessment and protocol for correction. These tools include:
- Structure of Intellect Testing (SOI)
- SCAN auditory Processing Evaluation
- Visual Dyslexia Screening, Evaluation, and Correction
- Sensory Integration and Balance Screening
- Sensory Integration Correction
- Balametrics Learning Breakthrough Program
- Preliminary Behavioral Vision Screening
- Customized Home Programs
- Structure of Intellect Basic and Intermediate Training
- Teacher and In-Service Workshops and Training
- Classroom Integration of the Power Tools for Learning Program
- Learning Style Assessment
Structure of Intellect Method for Success
- Identify the abilities required for learning to read, write,arithmetic, math, critical thinking, or requisites for any given career
- Test for those abilities
- Develop those abilities that are low, maintain the abilities that are gifted, and develop further any average abilities.
- Monitor levels of performance to assure success
Auditory Processing Disorder Evaluation
- To determine possible disorders of central nervous functions by assessing auditory maturation
- To identify individuals who may be at risk for auditory processing or receptive language problems who may require additional audiological and language testing
- To identify individuals who may benefit from specific management strategies to improve auditory and language processing abilities (Our recommendation: The Listening Program www.advancedbrain.com)
Sensory Integration Disorders and Correction Protocols
Sensory Integration occurs in the nervous system. Sensory information is received from the environment through all of the sensory systems to include touch, hearing, vision, taste, smell, movement, and balance. When all of these systems come together in a coordinated fashion, integration of the senses takes place.
Senses and sensations are coordinated by the vestibular formation, a part of the cerebellum which is one of the more older and more basic brain systems. the organization of sensory information into reception and expression of information occurs when there is sensory integration. The following functions are affected by sensing skills:
- Academic learning
- Control of body behavior
- Motor skill performance
A delay or lack of development in one sensory area will affect the other senses as well. An infant or child who who demonstrates sensory integration disorder may appear clumsy or slow in body coordination or have poor eye-hand coordination. When this individual enters school, he or she may fail to thrive academically or may show spasmodic or uneven achievement because there have been five years of uncorrected behavior. As a result of dis-integral sensory systems (which are purely physiological) individuals perceive they are unable to function in the same manner (or as easily) as their playmates or siblings and begin to develop poor self-esteem, lack of confidence, and a fear of criticism. These students then begin to develop what is called an emotional overlay. Sensory Integration Disorder is a common but misunderstood problem that affects an individuals’ behavior, influencing the way they learn, move, relate to others, and feel about themselves. Sensory Integration Disorder is the inability to process information received through the senses. The disorder or “dysfunction” occurs in the central nervous system, with the brain being the command center for the senses. When a “glitch” occurs in the sensory system, the brain cannot analyze, organize, connect, or integrate sensory messages. The result of the dysfunction is that the individual cannot respond to sensory information in a meaningful, consistent way. He may also have difficulty using sensory information to plan and organize what he needs to do. Consequently, learning may become difficult.
The Sensory Integration Correction protocol addresses and corrects symptoms related to Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Auditory Processing Disorders, physical and mental midline processing issues and dyslexic symptoms.