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Solutions

Our Clinic prides itself on its innovative use of current advances in science combined with traditional speech therapy methods in order to provide holistic solutions to the individual child. Beginning with comprehensive assessment and ending with individually tailored programs, which may include one-on-one therapy, computer interventions and group work, we prescribe what we believe will be the most effective program for your child.

Therapies include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Visualising & Verbalising, Lindamood, Spalding, Problem Solving & Study Skills, as well as computer programs such as Cellfield, Lexia, Help Me Write and Theseus.

Cellfield

Most children who fall behind in their reading have reading difficulties which can be helped with phonics based tuition or good learning support. Increasingly, such tuition is repackaged and delivered by a computer. This teaches children how to read.

However, a percentage of children have reading disabilities, which means their processing of language is flawed. This prevents them from learning how to read properly. Such children fall further and further behind with each passing year.

They need a program that teaches them how to learn how to read. Such a program is called an 'intervention'. There are few interventions but numerous tuition programs.

Cellfield is an intervention. It targets dyslexia and other reading problems that do not respond well to tutoring and other programs

Cellfield is the first invention to target the auditory, visual and motor pathways simultaneously. Clever software design increases working memory, strengthens attention and improves reading related motor functions. It has a unique approach that delivers fast and long-lasting results. This is proven through studies performed on Australian children. Click to Download PDF version of research paper published in the Journal of Learning Disabilities.

For more information about Cellfield www.cellfield.com.au

Lexia & Lexia Cross-Trainer

Lexia Learning software was designed to facilitate the learning process for those in need.

Lexia has two computerised reading tests, a number of reading programs and a mental development program.

Based on the proven Orton-Gillingham method of reading remediation, Lexia software provides a structured approach to mastering reading skills that links well with lesson plans and curriculum standards.

The quick reading tests are administered by a therapist to a student, one-on-one,and produce extensive reports that support therapy planning and curriculum development for school. Students from year 1 up to year 12 can be assessed by these tests. User-friendly database capabilities help administrators to monitor individual and group performance over time.

Lexia's reading programs focus on sound-letter awareness, decoding, fluency and vocabulary - areas researchers have identified as essential to comprehension. The software automatically adjusts to each user's progress and presents additional practice when necessary. Family versions for home use provide extra practice in a format that is consistent with best teaching practices, yet require minimum parental supervision. The Lexia Cross-Trainer is a suite of interactive software programs designed to improve cognitive development for students age 7 up to adult. The software helps learning disabled, special needs, and mainstream students strengthen their thinking, memory, and problem-solving abilities, improving performance across subjects as varied as reading, maths, science, and social studies.

For more information about Lexia, please visit www.lexialearning.com.au

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

"STOP THINK DO"

Children with poor social skills can be systematically trained to improve their understanding and use of these social skills in order to facilitate friendships with others. CBT involves real life training between your child and his/her social environments, e.g. home and school. This type of therapy includes teaching knowledge and encouraging thought around social strategies and social problem solving. This is achieved through coaching, modeling, role-play, shaping and reinforcement.

Theseus Learning System

The Theseus Learning System provides guidance on mastering essential thinking skills, for both children and adults. Theseus is a program that teaches the individual how to visually map ideas and to organise their thoughts using critical thinking. Mapping teaches the individual how to focus their attention and break down ideas in order to visualise thoughts in a logical structure.

The Spalding Method

Spalding Education International

The "Spalding Method" was created by Romalda B. Spalding and is based on the working use of the mind, tied in with the dictation, the saying of each phonogram sound or syllable, the writing and reading aloud and the application of spelling rules.

The "Spalding Method" is a total language arts approach because it provides explicit, sequential, multisensory instruction in spelling (including phonics and handwriting), writing, and listening/reading comprehension:

Spelling

  • phonemic awareness
  • phonics with handwriting
  • dictation of high frequency words
  • rule acquisition and application

Writing

  • simple, compound, complex sentences
  • narrative, informative, and informative-narrative paragraphs/passages

Comprehension

  • literary appreciation
  • passage structure
  • mental actions

Spalding is a diagnostic method. That means assessment for learning is continuous so that instruction can be tailored to meet each child's individual needs. Spalding is not a lock-step one-size-fits-all approach.

The "Spalding Method" is used with great success in the United States, Canada, Australia, Central America, Europe, Singapore and Taiwan. It is a favourite of home educators and other parents because Spalding-taught children become competent readers, spellers and writers.