Various studies have concluded that there is an undeniable correlation between a child’s ability to read and future incarceration. By the end of third grade, students not reading at grade level, are four times less likely to graduate on time.
Why third grade?
Smart children, who have reading struggles, may hit the “third grade wall.” Third grade is when learning to read comes to an end and reading to learn is the expectation. Smart children, who were once able to fill in their reading gaps with background knowledge, will now have to read fact rich texts, multisyllabic words and technical vocabulary to keep up. This is when weak reading skills are exposed and students fall behind.
How does The Learning Lab help struggling readers? We rebuild the reading brain!
Neuro Lab – Our Foundation: When students struggle to read, they are usually missing the foundational cognitive and language skills essential to reading success: memory, attention, processing speed and sequencing. Using the Fast ForWord® family of cognitive software products and our educational expertise, we begin with an intensive intervention to target and strengthen these baseline skills.
I3 Lab: With the foundation set, the next step is to learn to read (decode) and spell (encode). We use the Barton Reading and Spelling System which is an Orton-Gillingham influenced program. It is multi-sensory, explicit, and systematic. As the student continues to climb the ladder of success, we incorporate fluency, grammar and comprehension.
Homework Lab: Once a student is able to read, on grade level, independently, they may enter the Homework Zone. The Homework Zone is our signature homework management program where we explicitly teach executive function and self-advocacy skills.
Your child’s learning profile is considered every step of the way and all of our programs are personalized. Graduates of The Learning Lab experience continued academic and life successes!