Every Child Can Learn!
Lisa Harp founded the Harp Learning Institute in 2000 and the Harp Learning Academy in 2015.
As a mother and teacher, she 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". Within one year, he was an honor student! From there, she developed the Harp Learning System, which is used in both the Harp Learning Institute and the Harp Learning Academy. Tens of thousands of students have followed his 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. 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.
The Harp Learning System is a multi-faceted program based on sound research and practical application. It focuses on the hierarchy of learning and strengthening micro-skills that might be weak in a child's learning foundation.
The Harp Learning System focuses on the following three premises:
1. Integrate the Body with the Brain
Although learning disabilities usually show up as academic issues, it is common
for the body and brain of the struggling learner to not be integrated and working
as a whole. These deficiencies usually reveal themselves as social, perceptual,
memory, attention, and motor skills problems.
That's because there is a hierarchy to learning!
The Harp 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. Micro-doses of Sensory Skills
In this stage of the Harp Learning System, we begin building the "walls" of the foundation through micro-doses of visual, auditory, and kinesthetic skills. Any weaknesses the learner has are flushed out, rebuilt, and made strong. 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
Students who struggle to learn can't easily do worksheets or read out of textbooks like their peers. That's because their learning systems are compromised, not because they aren't smart! In order to build the roof of your child's learning house, we have to construct a strong base of multi-sensory skills first.
After the base of the roof is built through visual, auditory, and kinesthetic means, then the shingles can added and the student is transitioned into regular mainstreamed learning.
Lisa personally picks and trains each staff member of the Harp Learning Institute and the Harp Learning Academy. Both operated by a staff of caring people who love helping students achieve academic and life success. Each member of our team receives in-depth training in the Harp Learning System and must be patient, calm, and caring.
Our staff is chosen by the teacher's education as well as the ability to work with students who are experiencing learning differences. Patience is a must! We boast of a caring, positive staff who love to work with children, teens, and adults with special needs.