Based on the student’s needs, programs are designed to review and practice skills taught at school, pre-teach classroom concepts so students feel prepared, and explicitly teach learning strategies and executive function skills.
Literacy: reading comprehension and fluency, grammar, vocabulary, handwriting and typing
Early Reading: phonemic awareness and programs for struggling readers using the Orton-Gillingham approach
Math: concepts by grade, mental math, problem solving, computation
Executive Skills Coaching
Executive function skills are the learning skills that students need to develop in order to be successful independent learners. These include:
- Time management
- Emotional regulation
- Sustained attention
- Problem Solving
Our academic coaches work with students to assess their executive function skills, build on their strengths, and choose strategies that meet their needs. Executive functions can be particularly challenging to develop for students with ADHD and other learning differences.
Individual Education Plans (IEP) are school documents written to record the extra accommodations and modifications students receive. An IEP is a working document and should be updated each term and as often as the student makes progress. We work with parents, and occasionally school teams, to develop strategies and suggestions based on our experience working with their children.
Meetings with school teams can be overwhelming for families. Bringing an advocate means having another person to listen, ask questions and make suggestions. We approach all meetings with the mindset that we are all on the same team, working to help the student reach their full potential.
A proactive meeting can take place when your child has received a diagnosis and/or a Psychoeducational Assessment. We can help to summarize the report and lead the discussion to the strategies and goals that can be put in place immediately, while making a plan for next steps.
The classroom setting may not be the best fit for all students. We plan and teach lessons at home that match the learning needs of the child, the goals and expectations of the family, and follow curriculum guidelines. We are flexible in designing lessons, assignments, projects and/or homework. Access Learning can tailor the student’s program to be:
- One-on-one or small group as requested
- Focus on one subject or multiple subjects
- Tutoring to complement existing programs or complete instruction
Summer Reading Program
In 2019, Access Learning offered its inaugural summer reading program! Led by Ontario-Certified Teachers, using the multisensory Orton-Gillingham approach, our program participants improved their phonological awareness, decoding with reading, and spelling. Plans for 2020 are on hold as we monitor and follow evolving health directives. We are hopeful we will be able to run this program again in August!