son was very unhappy in school. We noticed a change in his
attitude almost immediately after he started attending VLC. Since
that time he has been consistently motivated to learn.” Parent
The Vancouver Learning Centre (VLC) is a full service learning centre for people of all ages. It is a place for high calibre psychological assessment, and for the delivery of one-to-one individualized and targeted teaching services based on test results, to learners from the very challenged with learning disabilities to the gifted, aged from early childhood (3-6 years) through school years (5-18 years) to young adulthood. The Vancouver Learning Centre is unique in its long established understanding of neuroplasticity and in the delivery of programs in both neurocognitive training and academic skills training to support brain development. It is a warm, welcoming, energized, positive and professional place where children, youth and young adults with learning differences can work in partnership with their teachers to transform their future.
The process begins with a neuropsychological and educational assessment that produces both standardized results and an individualized target designed rehabilitation or enrichment program(or both), which emerges directly from the assessment.
The Vancouver Learning Centre (VLC) is a full service learning centre with a year round 4 semester (flexible in summer) comprehensive, wrap around service that :
Our students are diverse in age and learning ability spread across the intellectual range from learning disabled or challenged to the very gifted learner. Together we form a unique partnership with each learner who becomes the centre of a team and part of a dynamic and productive learning community.
Our professional highly trained faculty provide rehabilitation and teaching services, one-to-one, based on the program design that emerges from the assessment for the following 11 client groups. We help these students achieve success in the unique ways described below.
- Learning Disabilities/Academic Delay/Cognitive Delay
- Neurocognitive training: auditory processing; visual processing; executive function; memory and attention
- Academic training: reading (decoding, reading comprehension); writing (written expression, spelling); math (operations, problem solving); language; science; social studies; learning and organization skills; test taking
- Dynamic one-to-one faculty teaching of academic correspondence courses towards earning credentials in high school and college
*School support and school collaboration available as needed
- Giftedness/Advanced Achievement/Gifted with Learning Disabilities
- Early Childhood (3-6 years) Assessment and Educational Services
- Developmental (Intellectual) Disabilities /Autism and Asperger’s Spectrum Disorders /Other Medical and Behavioural Syndromes
- Behaviour Disorders/with Learning Difficulties/with Advanced Development (Giftedness)
- Academic Underachievement due to:
- Traumatic Brain Injury due to Accident/Injury/Disease/Chemotherapy and/or Radiation (all ages)
- Home Schooled Students with or without Learning Disabilities
- Support in achieving academic credentials through active teaching of correspondence courses
- Boost Program (Buying Out Of School Temporarily) aged 12 years to young adults
- A full service intense program for the full school day (8 a.m. – 2 p.m. or 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.) meant to serve as a bridge to the next stage of education
- Support for earning academic credentials to earn a high school leaving certificate or General Education Development (GED) certificate is included
- High School Graduates
- College/University Under Achievement
The Vancouver Learning Centre is unique in its long established understanding of neuroplasticity and in the delivery of programs over three decades to support brain development. Research findings in the new discipline of Educational Neuroscience are integrated with minimum delay into the program designs for clients.
To read about this process see Breaking News (below) and copies of our Newsletter, which describe the findings in depth and relate them to best practice in teaching clients with learning differences.
New research using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) technology allows us to watch the brain read from the time the eye sees the printed word. We can watch its progress from the retina through the processing stages. In the newly discovered “letterbox” region of the brain two parallel systems are activated at speeds too fast for conscious awareness. One system decodes by matching letter to sound, while the second sends the signal to the “mental lexicon”, the brain’s dictionary, to attach meaning. Years of practice leads us to experience reading as a single integrated system. To learn more about how neuroplasticity allows humans to read and what solutions this produces for the dyslexic reader click here.