School Age Programs

The Whole Child provides programs that target reading, written language, and handwriting skills. The goals of the reading program at The Whole Child include the following areas for improvement

  • Automatic and rapid recognition of words
  • Orthographic (visual/spatial) processing of words
  • Processing of sounds
  • Automatic and rapid decoding of words
  • Spelling of regular and irregular words
  • Determining meaning from printed materials
  • Reading comprehension
  • Reading accuracy and fluency

In order for a child to become a skilled reader he/she must be able to use both a phonological (sound-letter) route in the brain, as well as a visual/spatial (visualize words) route to word recognition. Reading must become an automatic, fluid process to insure comprehension and word recognition accuracy.

We recommend a combination of programs to achieve goals in reading and spelling. These include a computerized program to train the brain to perceive, process, manipulate, and remember sounds rapidly and efficiently, and a program to train the brain to recognize words quickly and accurately, in addition to rapidly decode single and multi-syllable words. The programs include either Earobics or Fast ForWord for auditory processing training and The Denver Method for Reading Competence for rapid phonetic decoding and word recognition.

A significant part of good school performance involves expression of thoughts and ideas in writing. Our methods will help your child identify key ideas and answer questions using good written language skills.

The goals of the writing program include:

  • Handwriting
  • Sentence Structure
  • Paragraph Structure
  • Essay Structure
  • The Key to Handwriting Program
  • Programs to improve organization and planning for multistage projects

Parent conferences are an integral part of assessment and treatment (remediation). They lead to parental understanding of the problems, programs for treatment, and reasons for using particular research based programs. Areas for assessment include language, memory, attention, cognition, reasoning, reading (phonetic decoding, word recognition, comprehension), written language, handwriting, mathematics, auditory processing, and study skills.

Programs for Dyslexia

We use a combination of the following:

  • Computer programs to improve auditory processing and phonemic awareness skills
  • The Denver Method for Reading Competency to improve the brain’s ability to rapidly decode and recognize words for reading, accuracy in word reading, and fluency in reading sentences and paragraphs
  • Programs to improve comprehension of written information, strategies to provide structures for understanding, organizing, and interpreting information

Programs for Dysgraphia

  • Programs to improve handwriting (printing or cursive)
  • Programs to improve spelling
  • Programs to improve sentence and grammatic structures
  • Techniques to improve paragraph and essay structures
  • Executive functions in the brain to improve organization and planning for multi-stage projects