The main job of children from 5 – 19 is to be a successful classroom performer in all academic content. When this does not happen in the expected natural manner, the impact on the student and even on the family is serious.
Therefore, while the root causes of the problem often lies in impaired neurocognitive function, the improvement must be directly applied in an integrated fashion to the learning of academic skills. Therefore, at the Vancouver Learning Centre a program of academic development using innovative methods is integrated in each program and taught one-to-one by trained and experienced faculty who often specialize in the subject area assigned to them.
The academic program emerges from the cognitive and academic test data by applying the neuropsychological lens to decide the best methods to teach the academic subjects. A program is built that fits each learner like a glove.
Whenever appropriate and possible this program is integrated with the learner’s classroom through the school visit, the team captain system, and the transparency approach to the family.
Subjects are taught directly through VLC resources and integrated with the class curriculum through the VLC signature “Week-Ahead” program.
In this system, the teacher is asked to provide directions on upcoming topics, and the VLC faculty in one-to-one dynamic process preview the material and ensure the vocabulary is understood to the degree possible. The concepts that build the current topic are reviewed and re-taught. This makes classroom mastery more successful.
Further, our learning-to-learn basket of skills such as mind mapping, word harvest and visual display are included in every program where they serve the needs of the student.
Subjects from grades K – 12 taught include:
- Reading (decoding) and reading comprehension
- Math, numerical operations, problem solving, math principles, algebra, geometry, trigonometry
- Writing, grammar, punctuation, spelling and written expression
- Social studies, science
Advanced courses in math, calculus, and statistics at the college level are now being taught by experienced faculty in our College and University programs.