We are happy to service almost every student, including those with IEP's, 504 plans, or those enrolled in other special education programs. However, please note that we don't provide special education services and we can't place you in our private school if you're enrolled in another school.
We Address the Underlying Problem:
Students who have a difficult time mastering reading, math, writing, or reading skills often have gaps in their learning foundations as the root cause. And, unfortunately, learning differences don't just magically disappear on their own.
Students with learning issues often have visual and/or auditory systems working differently than their peers as well as problems with gross motor activities and memory issues. Often these students are "disconnected" and need body/brain connecting exercises. These students are also usually right- brain dominant, tactile learners, which means they learn by doing instead of hearing or seeing. These students are often creative, musical, active, and learn by seeing the whole picture. These bright students are failing to perform because they don't have the proper tools to help them achieve academic success.
Unfortunately, most schools fail to recognize these "gifts" and are only able to provide academic intervention programs which are comprised primarily of "bit-by-bit" learning, phonics, basic math instruction, and a grading scale that fails to acknowledge the student's intelligence and creativity.
The Harp Learning Difference:
We recognize the student's strengths, creativity, and intelligence while at the same time building a strong learning foundation! Learning gaps are filled in as the body and the brain become connected. Once learning gaps are filled in, the student is able to raise test scores, increase grades, and perform homework independently and "battle" free.
Lisa has developed a 5-step, research-backed program that works for students of any age. It consists of gross motor skills, visual processing skills, auditory processing skills, and memory building integrated with hands-on academics.
We prepare students to succeed academically by strengthening their sensory components that are weak and systematically filling in any learning gaps that have occurred. Babies are not hard-wired for every skill at birth, so it is easy for a student to be missing important learning skills. We have the cutting-edge knowledge, research, and facility to make this happen.
In addition, once a month each student receives a GATE (Gifted and Talented Education) session. In this session, the student learns to answer open-ended questions, is exposed to higher level thinking skills, Sadly, students today are rarely exposed to this type of education, whether they are struggling or not. Once the student learns to "think" in a certain way, learning success follows.
Why Traditional Tutor/Learning Centers Provide Limited Results:
Traditional learning centers and tutors address reading problems by providing more phonics and decoding tips/tricks. For math, demonstrations are just given more slowly and repetitions of computation are given.
The philosophy is that more is better, even though the information is presented in the same method that didn't work for the student to begin with. This repetition bores an already exhausted learner.
More progressive tutors may use multi-sensory approaches by using games or manipulatives. This is a beginning first step, yet once a student is in 3rd grade or higher, most schools require students to take in information from a lecture or demonstration and process the information independently without the use of manipulatives or multi-sensory learning techniques. This sets the student up for failure because these techniques are generally not used in a traditional classroom setting.
Reviewing phonics, math computation, and using manipulatives may get the student a few steps ahead, but the core problem will not be solved since the underlying sensory issues that cause reading and math difficultyhave not been addressed. The student will need extra support at every step in school, which is expensive and time-consuming. Students suffer from low self-esteem, and do not enjoy school, reading, writing, or math. Many students will receive a recommendation to be retained, start the IEP process, or attend a special school for children with learning differences.
The Harp Learning System addresses the sensory root cause of reading, math, spelling and writing difficulties while filling in any academic gaps that may have occurred.
Over 90% of students who finish our cutting edge, proven program remain at or above grade level.