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About Us – Harp Learning Institute

Lisa Harp, the founder of Harp Learning Institute and Bravo! Reading, has been an educator for over forty years.
Lisa Harp is the founder of Learning Institute and Bravo! Reading.

Located in Lodi, California and providing both online and in-person tutoring, The Harp Learning Institute provides “tutoring with a twist”.

In addition to academics taught in a unique way (one that unique learners understand, not the other way around), your child receives a prescriptive dose of auditory and visual processing skills, memory building, and brain integration exercises. This comprehensive combination of skills training is what brings your child to grade level or beyond!

As a mother and teacher, Lisa was heartbroken when her son struggled with learning differences in the early 1990’s. (see Nathan’s Story)  Although she was a credentialed teacher, she had few resources to help him, so she went on a “mother mission” to help him overcome his learning challenges.

Within one year, Nathan was an honor student! 

From there, Lisa developed the Bravo! Tens of thousands of students have followed Nathan’s path to become not only honor students but happy, well-adjusted students who enjoy learning.

Lisa has been a certified teacher for over 37 years. In addition, she holds degrees in both English and Education as well as certificates in Brain Integration Therapy from Rebecca Kennard’s Brain Transformations (Original Brain Integration Methods from Dianne Craft, MA, CNHP), Accuspark with Brain Integration, CLAD (English Language Development), Kyrene Elementary District Reading Instruction Certificate, Advanced Peer Coaching as well as extensive training in vision therapy.

A Unique Reading Program as Well!

The Bravo! Reading System is a multi-sensory, Orton-Gillingham based reading program. The best part about the Bravo! Reading System, is that kids have fun while they learn to decode, one of the most important components of reading.

All too often, kids are rushed through the bottom rungs of reading – skipping over cruciadecoding skills while focusing on comprehension and fluency. This only slows down the reading process and puts lower-level readers at a disadvantage.

This amazing, fun reading program – developed by Lisa Harp – has been used in the Harp Learning Institute learning center(s) for over twenty years with excellent results. The average reading grade level jump we see is five grade levels in the course of our the program!

About Harp Learning Institute – ​Our Commitment to Mastery:

1. Integrate Your Child’s Body and Brain

Although learning disabilities usually show up as academic issues, the body and brain are often not working together as a team. Additionally, these deficiencies usually reveal themselves as social, perceptual, memory, attention, and motor skills problems.

The cross crawl is a brain integration activity used at Harp Learning Institute to help kids overcome learning disabilities like dyslexia, dysgraphia, and ADD/ADHD.

That’s because there is a hierarchy to learning! 

The Bravo! Learning System starts by integrating the brain and the body through easy exercises that kids love to do!  Most of these specific and targeted exercises involve crossing the midline of the body and will rebuild new neural pathways in the brain.

2. Provide Sensory Skills, Brain Integration, Memory Building

In this stage of the Bravo! Learning System, we begin building the “walls” of the foundation through micro-doses of visual, auditory, and memory skills.  Any weaknesses the learner has are flushed out, rebuilt, and made strong.  Subsequently, each micro-skill is easy to do, offers the learner instant success, and comes with a quick quiz so that skills mastery is achieved.

The problem with most programs is that they go in for the “kill” and overload an already frustrated and fatigued learner.  We take a different approach.  Step-by-step, we give the learner crucial sensory micro-skills necessary to finish strong.

3.  Provide Academics in a Multi-Sensory Fashion

In addition, students who struggle to learn can’t easily do worksheets or read out of textbooks like their peers due to a comprised learning system. This isn’t a death sentence! It simply means skills need put into their proper place. In order to build the roof of your child’s learning house, we have to construct a strong base of multi-sensory skills first. 

Students can overcome learning disabilities like autism, dyslexia, and ADD/ADHD through brain-based learning at Harp Learning Institute.

Consequently, After the base of the roof is built through visual, auditory, and kinesthetic means, then “shingles” go up and the student is transitioned into regular mainstreamed learning.