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Pre-Screening Steps

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1. Online video information seminar: 
A complimentary 50 minute online information session provides potential clients, parents, teachers or others with

information about:

  • The gift often hidden behind the thought process which accompanies reading, writing, math and focusing struggles.

  • The program structure and tools.

  • How learning struggles can be corrected.

2. Online Intake Forms: 
Due to the personalized nature of our approach, these forms will help us gain a clearer understanding of how to design a program that will maximize strengths, resolve struggles, and use their personal interests to achieve the client’s and family’s goals.

  • Intake Assessment: (To be filled out by parents/guardians and/or adult clients)

  • Personal Profile: (To be filled out by attendee.  Depending on the reading level of the attendee, they may need a parent/guardian to help them fill out this form.)

3. Consultation: 

Once we have had an opportunity to go carefully over the information you send in, you will be contacted by Rocky Point Academy to arrange for a free phone consultation to discuss the program further.  During this consultation we will share our findings and how the program will be specifically designed for you or your child’s needs and goals.

4. Registration and Deposit: 

When you decide that you are ready for a program, we can register you over the phone.  A non-refundable deposit will be taken to reserve your

date and then a confirmation packet will be sent to

you via email. We accept VISA, MasterCard, Interac,

eTransfer or cheque.

Assessments

1. The Perceptual Ability Assessments:

The purpose of the assessment procedures are to determine whether a person with a learning disability or other perceptual problem is a candidate for the program used at Rocky Point Academy.  The assessments can determine the following:

  • The ability to experience self-created mental images as real world phenomenon.

  • The ability to intentionally access the brain’s perception distortion function.

  • The ability to consciously access mental images three dimensionally.

  • A tendency or preference to think non-verbally with concepts and ideas vs. internal dialogue.

 

When someone has these abilities and is confused, stressed or using creative imagination there may be distortions in the areas of vision, hearing, balance/movement and time.  These distortions can cause difficulties with reading, writing, spelling, math, coordination, spatial orientation, speech, hearing, motion, and/or attention/focus.  They can also be the reason for exceptional talents in creativity, mechanical aptitude, music, dance, art, engineering, strategic planning and/or athletics.

A positive result indicates that the ability of disorientation can be brought under conscious control and can be turned off when they are a barrier to learning or performance.

2. Symptoms Profile:

Once a client has decided to attend a program a list of strengths and weaknesses will be filled out by the client and a support person (parent, spouse, close friend).  This will enable us to design a program that will use the natural strengths of the client to address the areas of deficits.  It is also helpful in establishing clear goals for the outcome of the program.

3. School / Work Profile:

This is optional.  Once a client has decided to attend a program a list of observations will be filled out by a teacher or employer.  This will enable us to design a program that will use the natural strengths of the client to address the areas of deficits in their daily environment.

4. Pre and Post Academic Levels

(This may or may not be included with a program – it will depend on the needs of the client.) In a reading program the Ekwal/Shanker Reading Inventory is used to determine pre- and post-reading levels for the client.  The math program will generally include an informal assessment to find areas of confusion.

 
 
Dyslexia Help
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Support Training

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Home-Study Program:
A client takes responsibility for setting learning goals and designing a schedule to practice the new skills at home, school and work.  This can take up to two years but is generally accomplished in less than one year.


Support Training:

A committed family member or tutor will be taught the basic tools and symbol mastery methods and be shown how to coach the client during the home study.  The support person will be needed during the client’s entire follow-up program.

 

Review & Consultation:
We provide unlimited phone support and are glad to answer any questions which may arise after a program.  When needed, the client may return for review sessions at no additional charge.

Program

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  Once a client is assessed.  They enter the program and receive one-to-one instruction.  The average length of stay for each learning program is 30 intensive hours. During this time, clients can make very significant gains. Post-testing is done to determine each client’s progress.  Once the program is completed, free reviews are always available to our clients.

 

If students come during the school year, they could be missing some school time. However, schools are usually cooperative as the gains made during the intensive one-on-one sessions enable the student to do their schoolwork easier once they return.

 

The Programs provided at Rocky Point Academy get to the root of learning challenges.   The following are a sample of tools that may be provided. (See specific programs for a complete list.)  Not all the tools with be given to all clients.  Tools provided will be determined by the client’s goals.


Orientation Procedure:

This is a means of correcting inaccurate perceptions in vision, hearing, balance, movement or time. This procedure will help with reading and comprehending printed text, hearing what is actually being said, and activities requiring co-ordination or social skills.

 

Dial Setting:

The dial activity gives the client conscious control of where their energy level is and where it would be most appropriate. It can be used in social or learning situations to communicate effectively. It will also give them the ability to eliminate frustration or anxiety in a controlled manner. As a bonus, it can be used for sleeping and sports!

 

Release:
Release is a tool used to eliminate frustration, anxiety, get a better sleep and make learning easier. It ties in with all the other tools.

Davis Symbol Mastery™: 
Alphabet mastery in clay.  Brain scans show the creating process and the learning process are so closely tied that they produce the same brain activity. We create clay models of concepts which may be causing confusion for the client. Some examples include: the alphabet, words with no meaning (the, is, was, etc.), and punctuation marks. Mastering symbols in clay will eliminate confusion in learning and social situations.

 

Neural Network Development:

Kinaesthetic and balance exercises are used to strengthen the neural network used for accurate perceptions and balance.

 

Reading Exercises:
Training eyes to gather information from left to right in a smooth and natural process is imperative for reading fluency.  Comprehension is increased by using the client’s primary mode of thought and learning to store information in long term memory.

 

Handwriting and Legibility Exercises:
Covers the different possibilities for illegible handwriting: a stressed pencil grip, fine muscle underdevelopment, multiple mental pictures of letters, incomplete neural networks resulting in poor letter formation, or unawareness of letter height, shape, space or angle.

 

Math Exercises:
The Davis approach goes to the root issues that cause some people to have problems understanding and learning math with traditional teaching methods. Visual-spatial thinkers are often confused by the words and symbols which describe math functions. When the foundation concepts for understanding all mathematics are mastered, learning math becomes easy.

 

Executive Functioning:
A client learns new tools and skills that enable them to initiate, plan and organize, set goals, solve problems, pay attention, remember things, regulate emotions, sustain effort and monitor behavior.

 

ADD/ADHD Concept Mastery:
Creating core concepts of self, change, consequence, time, sequence and order can give clients the ability to overcome difficulties in the areas of: focus, behaviours, energy management, social skills, impulsivity and other ADHD-related symptoms.

 

Auditory Fine-tuning:
Auditory orientation can improve balance, perception, speech, and coordination. 

It is an auditory process that is specially designed to align hearing with sight

in order to have accurate perceptions.