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What is EDU-T

learn EDU-Therapeutics – Learning Ability Platform – LAP – Learning Re-defined! Learning Time, Inc. is a California, United States based non-profit organization that works towards helping children and adults with learning delays to establish new cognitive developmental pathways. It was founded by Dr. Joan M. Smith, Ed.D., a Licensed Educational Psychologist and Speech Pathologist in the state of California and a Diplomat, Board of Disability Analysts. Our training programs and materials are identified as EDU-Therapeutics – EDU-T.

Organisation Philosophy

We at EDU-T believe that by providing targeted cognitive stimulation learning skills are effectively developed. Everyone is blessed with unique abilities. Recognizing each individual’s learning profile is essential to assuring development of innate potential. Edu Therapeutics focuses on developing the essential learning skills of attention, memory, language, executive function, and basic academics which are necessary for success in our educational systems and work career success.

Our Methodology

At EDU-T, we are constantly experience the complex cognitive development issues experienced by individual learners. Therefore, we constantly improvise our methodologies by supplementing them with case-study research and advanced techniques to establish learner success.

Our specialized learning system focuses on developing memory, attention and learning strategies to provide the basis for resolving learning challenges. EDU-Therapeutics identifies the performance levels of each student and develops an individualized program to remove learning frustrations. Unlike conventional tutoring programs that emphasize practice and drill on academics, EDU-Therapeutics removes the learning barriers, creating new brain paths for efficient learning. Furthermore, support and training are provided to the learner, or their parents, family, and teachers to help them maximize their skills for success.

EDU-T specialized learning system focuses on developing memory, attention and learning strategies to provide the basis for resolving learning challenges. EDU-Therapeutics identifies the performance levels of each student and develops an individualized program to remove learning frustrations. Unlike conventional tutoring programs that emphasize practice and drill on academics, EDU-Therapeutics removes the learning barriers, creating new brain paths for efficient learning. Furthermore, EDU-T methodologies and curriculum are not just restricted to ``special Learner`` but are meant for any neurotypically developing individual.

EDU-T has developed state of the Art online Learning Ability Platform (LAP), that instructors and parents use in clinic, classroom, or home settings to develop strong learners. Individuals with dyslexic reading styles or other learning issues can find relief by building their memory, attention, and cognitive skills for relieving learning disabilities symptoms.

The Learning Ability Platform has been designed, so the learners can be anywhere in the world and still be able to improve their ability to learn and read.

About the EDU-T - LAP Program

EDU-T has specialized programs designed for learners with:

  • Dyslexia
  • Reading Problems
  • Learning Disabilities
  • ADD and ADHD
  • Head-injury – Concussion symptoms

EDU-T Identifies and focuses on the real problem and builds the skills necessary to overcome the frustrating symptoms of learning disability or dyslexia. The nine key elements in the LAP program which develop learner competency are:

  • Symbol > Sound recognition.
  • Letter cluster recognition.
  • Sustained attention focus to task.
  • Rhyming awareness and recall
  • Speeded recognition and response – fluency
  • Recognition of real vs nonsense words
  • Visual retention of word images for spelling
  •  Integration of content imagery for reading enjoyment
  • Left/right hemisphere integration for processing.

Training for Professionals in EDU-T and LAP

Advanced and specialised as the EDU-T methodology is, it will benefit professionals already working in the education sector. This involves teachers, support specialist or a tertiary trained specialist working in the area of learning and reading development. The training period is 13 hours (Friday > Sunday schedule) and CA CEU- credits are available for LEP, Speech and Language Pathologists. Please contact Learning Time – 831-484-0994 or [email protected] for schedules and location.

The EDU-T Success Story

About the Founder

Dr. Smith is the author of ``You Don’t Have to Be Dyslexic`` and ``Learning Victories.`` During her forty years in research and program development, she has focused on clarifying the attributes which constitute learning challenges and building the skills to increase attribute function. Her present studies are focusing on the interaction of diet and brain function and she has completed her training as a nutritional/therapeutic chef.

She has been successful in resolving learning issues concerning memory, attention and executive function skills. With this knowledge, Dr. Smith created the highly successful EDU-Therapeutics certification training program and materials.

Joan M. Smith, Ed.D. is a licensed Educational Psychologist and Speech Pathologist in the state of California and a Diplomat, Board of Disability Analysts. She is the director for Learning Time, Inc. a non-profit California 501 (C)(3) corporation and has operated multiple Melvin-Smith Learning Centers and American Preparatory School in Sacramento until the corporate offices moved in 1995. She is presently concentrating on providing consultation, assessment, system development, and certification training.

The EDU-T Advantage

Many tutoring methods overemphasize drilling and rote learning with a phonetic approach. Teaching is more challenging a profession than what most people deem it to be. It requires one to be constantly knowledgeable of effective techniques and methods, so that you can recognise a learner's specific learning needs and aid her/him to learn better.

With Learner having special cognitive needs, teaching becomes another challenge. To detect the learning pathways of each learner, specialized knowledge is essential. This is where EDU-T stands unparalleled. Our professionals constantly are identifying the most effective training interventions.

EDU-T’s Learning System – LAP (Learning Ability Platform)

LAP is the most technologically advanced Learning system designed to help learning and reading challenged individuals gain skills and perform successfully. The program can be used by classroom teachers, clinics, and parents.

The LAP has been designed with 40 of years of experience serving several thousand students and proven track record of success. What previously required considerable equipment, materials, and training is now available through a computer program. The program is continually expanded and updated and automatically transfer new information for use with the current learner.

LAP methodologies successfully proven to increase memory and attention and focus by analytically stimulating cognitive function with various level of tasks. LAP has five primary levels and 60 plus sub-levels to synchronize the brain fun. Moreover, all the levels are stimulating to work with and create a successful learning environment. LAP is age agnostic. LAP serves new readers in building a strong learning system, targets effective cognitive development for dyslexic readers, and improves foundation learning skills for all learners.

LAP is successful for classroom, clinic, tutor, or home learning development.

Level 1 :- Activities begin with the most basic level of reading instruction. The learner is introduced to the symbol > sound relationship. A limited number of letter symbols are introduced in the first exercises to provide for over-learning, thus developing automaticity and an efficient pathway for sending phonic connections.

Level 2 :- Activities assume automatic recognition of basic symbol > sound and cluster > sound. The learner develops skill in pronouncing/recognizing words, rhyming, and practice creating words from cluster prompts. The learner is introduced to long vowel sounds and increasingly complex word flash images for memory development. Fluency activities speed up processing of symbols and establish integrated message pathways.

Level 3 :- Tasks develop and integrate reading skills. The trainer co-reads with the learner exposing more complex word configurations and initiating comprehension skills. Visualization of information and exposure to interesting content establish the fun of reading – as information expands for enjoyment.

Level 4 :- Activities further develop comprehension skills and fluency. The Echo-Tap system exercises develop comprehension skills and provide the learner with more experience of hearing information directed into the language hemisphere. These tasks increase comprehension, visualization of information, and speed of understanding of heard and inner speak (voice) processing.

Level 5 :- Tasks are unique in the learning experience. The Tempo Trainer focuses specific information into the right or left hemisphere via auditory input. The speed of processing of information is recorded in milliseconds and recorded. In addition to auditory processing tasks also measure the speed of processing of visual information. Lags in processing may be identified through these tasks and the exercises used to stimulate processing.

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