- There are several signs that your child might need our help. Here are a few:
- His or her grades start falling
- Fear or stress before tests
- Has trouble organizing time, materials, thoughts
- Has difficulty meeting quantity or quality of work demanded at school
- Slow to learn the connection between letters and sounds
- Lack of strategies for reading unknown words
- Word retrieval problems or confusing words that sound alike: substituting lotion for ocean, or humanity for humidity
- Difficulty spelling, with spelling word lists or in writing assignments
- Transposes number sequences and confuses arithmetic signs (+, -, x, /, =)
- Difficulty with math facts
- Difficulty understanding or remembering what is read
- The use of imprecise language, such as vague references to stuff or things instead of the proper name of an object
- Labored, messy or illegible handwriting
- Letters oddly formed or spaced
Frequently Asked Questions
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Yes. Children with diagnosed or undiagnosed learning difficulties can benefit from our programs. After our academic assessment, we are able to determine exactly how we can help. Individualized programs based on a child’s specific needs, and one-on-one instruction, have been very successful with children of varying backgrounds and severity levels.
Your child may be a candidate for the Academic Independence Management Program.
We have two levels of diagnostic evaluation – a full battery, or a partial battery.
Most students require a full academic assessment to determine areas of strengths and weaknesses. Exceptions can be made if the student has received academic testing within the previous year. Full testing takes 3-1/2 to 4 hours.
A partial battery may be administered if recent outside testing includes subtests given in our battery of tests, and if no remediation was received in the interim. Partial testing takes 1-1/2 to 2-1/2 hours.
The fee for either testing includes an extensive written report with recommendations, a private consultation, and any subsequent testing and consultation as long as your child is a student at FWCL.
Improvement varies greatly depending upon the severity of the learning difficulty and any conditions that may co-exist such as difficulties with attention, anxiety, habitual learning behaviors, motor implementation, or auditory processing to name a few.
Typical improvements include higher test scores in the area(s) of weakness, better grades in school, and improved self-monitoring skills. An important by-product of our programs and possibly the most obvious improvement seen by our students and families is an improvement in self-esteem. A child’s confidence sky-rockets when they see themselves succeeding in areas they never thought possible.
If your child is receiving intensive instruction, you will get a written progress report on a weekly basis. If your child is coming to the center on a less intensive basis, a progress report will be written every two weeks. In addition, you’ll get a chance to discuss your student’s progress at a scheduled update meeting every two to three weeks. This meeting can be a private discussion with the Instruction Manager or Lead Instructor and/or a visit to your child’s classroom to see firsthand what they are working on.
Over half of the instructors at FWCL have a teaching license or are pursuing a teaching license. Each instructor, regardless of background, must make it through a four step screening process. This entails passing academic tests covering phonemic awareness, expressive language abilities, and critical reasoning abilities; attending a program modeling session where they are assessed on their ability to implement the programs; meeting and answering questions from current staff members; and a final interview with the Executive Director and Instruction Manager.
Once an instructor is hired, they go through an initial intensive training process covering the programs implemented at FWCL. Then they spend time observing trained instructors work with our students. After that, they are observed and mentored throughout the rest of their career.
Weekly staff meetings are held to discuss the students’ progress and provide additional training opportunities.
As a not-for-profit organization, the Fort Wayne Center for Learning seeks to provide the highest quality intensive instruction at the lowest cost to area families. Families who would like to apply for financial assistance must fill out a Financial Assistance Request Form (FAR) and provide us with requested documentation (tax returns, W2s, statements of child support paid or received). Fees are determined based on a family’s annual household income, number of children living in the home and we will take into consideration any special circumstances that may exist.
“Intensive Instruction” generally means 2-4 sessions per day, 4-5 days per week for a period of 8-16 weeks. The duration and frequency of instruction depends upon the results of the Academic Assessment.