The Center of Multisensory Learning Resources
Helping Children, Parents, and Educators with Language-Based Learning Difficulties
EARLY IDENTIFICATION IS KEY
Early identification of a learning difference is the key component necessary to help students achieve academic success.
Each missed educational opportunity by a student with learning difficulties decreases their chance of academic success as they become lost in a system that often cannot provide the education and method to achieve greatness.
At The Center for Multisensory Learning at WCDS, we are committed to individualizing the student experience in order to discover, empower, and ignite the confidence and passion of learners immersed in a nurturing environment.
By teaching to the edges with compassion, as well as utilizing sound Orton-Gillingham methodology and techniques, we are able to identify and overcome a variety of visual and auditory processing disorders.
WHO DO WE HELP
STUDENTS, PARENTS, & TEACHERS
Our goal is to help students overcome their weaknesses and harness their strengths by giving them the strategies to appreciate their unique talents.
Parents of children with learning difficulties struggle as well. We help our parents understand the techniques to work with their children and support their learning.
Wheeling Country Day School is a leader in providing educational materials and multisensory learning resources for fellow educators. We want to help students everywhere – not just in our backyard.
TOOLS & RESOURCES FOR LEARNING DIFFICULTIES
The Center of Multisensory Learning is available to serve the following diagnoses and many more who go undiagnosed but experience learning difficulties:
- Auditory-processing disorder
- Visual-processing disorder
- Attention Deficit Disorder
WHAT SKILLS DO WE HELP DEVELOP
The content is diagnostic and prescriptive, thus varies upon the individual student, but the underlying goal is to address language and math skills in the following areas:
- phonemic awareness and word attack skills
- spelling (encoding)
- reading comprehension
- reading fluency
- expository writing (composition)
- handwriting and/or keyboarding
- math calculation and/or math reasoning
OPPORTUNITES FOR EDUCATORS
As we strive to stay at the forefront of innovative educational practices, particularly as it pertains to students with learning differences, the staff of The Center for Multisensory Learning at Wheeling Country Day School continually updates their professional credentials.
Often one of the most daunting aspects of this goal, however, is successfully identifying and vetting reputable professional development opportunities. It’s always easier when a trusted source can guide the search, which is where we come in.
Whether completing formal graduate coursework, attending one- or multi-day conferences, or completing certification programs designed in Orton-Gillingham methodology, our staff has compiled the following, ever-growing list of professional development opportunities for educators such as yourself.
LIST OF DEVELOPMENT OPPERTUNTIES
COURSES, CONFERENCES, & PROGRAMS
Professional development happens here at The CML. Review our ongoing list of classes, programs, and certifications:
- Graduate Coursework
- Single Day Conferences
- Multi-Day Conferences
- Orton-Gillingham Language Arts Certification Programs
- Orton-Gillingham Mathematics Certification Programs
- Executive Functioning Certification Programs
WOULD YOU LIKE TO LEARN MORE?
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
LANGUAGE-BASED LEARNING QUESTIONS
If you are concerned about your child and their development, it can feel overwhelming. The good news? You’re not alone. Here are some resources we’ve collected to help you get started.
- Understood.org – Personalized Recommendations (Interactive Guide)
- Childmind.org – Symptom Checker (Interactive Guide)
- The Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity – Preparing for Your First School Meeting (Article)
You may or may not have heard the term Executive Function, but it’s right up there with the ‘big boys’ of the processing disorder world. It’s an all-encompassing term for organization and prioritization, memory, and time management skills, that can have massive affects on student achievement and mental health. Review these resources for more information on this ever-growing aspect of education.
- Monique Burr Foundation – Meeting the Needs of Children during COVID-19 (Article)
- Edutopia – Tip to Create a Wamer, More Engaging Online Classroom (Article)
- Additude Mag – Are You Crisis Schooling? Daily Schedule Advice for ADHD Families (Article)
- Understood.org – What Research Supports Ortan-Gillingham? (instructional method used in CML at WCDS) (Article)
- Special Education Guide – How to Recognize and Creative Strategies for Overcoming Executive Functioning Weaknesses (Article)
- Understood.org – Types of Tests for Executive Functioning Issues (Article)
- ChildMind.org – Executive Function (Resource Page)
- Smart but Scattered – Dr. Peg Dawson, EdD & Dr. Richard Guare, EdD (Book)
**Should Letters and Numbers be separate?**
If you’ve noticed your child has trouble recognizing symbols like letters and numbers, look at these sites for more information and strategies to help.
- Understood.org – FAQs About Reversing Letters, Writing Letters Backwards and Dyslexia (Article)
- Understood.org – On Dysgraphia: Writing About the Inability to Write (Article)
- Additudemag.org – What is Dyscalculia? (Article)
- DyslexiaIDA.org – IDA Dyslexia Handbook: What Every Family Should Know (Downloadable Handbook)
- CNN.com – This Is What Reading Is Like If You Have Dyslexia (Article/Simulation)
Reading issues are often the first noticed by parents and educators. While this is concerning, it is important to remember this fact: your child can and will learn to read. But it may take some time. Look through these resources to get some useful strategies for improving this skill.
- The Yale Center for Dyslexia & Creativity – Ten Things to Help Your Struggling Reader (Article)
- Understood.org – Why Isn’t My Child Reading Fast Enough? (Article)
- ReadingRockets.org – Children’s Books and Authors (Recommendation Page)
- Literacyhow.com – How Parents Can Help Their Children Learn To Read (Article)
You may have noticed your child struggling to sit still, even for a few seconds or minutes. They may fidget, bounce between tasks without finishing, or act out in class or other formal settings. Below are some resources for basic information on attention or overactive issues as well as some strategies for helping your child.
Sometimes issues can mirror one another and make it difficult to discern the proper course of action. Look through the links below for information on the best ways to meet the specific needs of your child.
- National Center for Learning Disabilities – Understanding Learning and Attention Issues (Article/Research Report)
Sometimes academic or behavioral problems aren’t based in processing disorders at all, but rather a sign of someone struggling with mental health issues. Other times, learning issues and mental health are inextricably connected. Browse the links below for more information on mindfulness and mental well-being, as well as how WCDS is using compassionate learning to increase empathy and empower young students.
- WVPB.org – Can Teaching Kids Compassion Change Culture? (Article/Broadcast)
- ChildMind.org – Mindfulness (Resource Page)
- Understood.org – Signs of Anxiety and Depression in Different Grades (Article)
- CNN.com – Little Kids and ‘Toxic Stress’: We Can Solve This (Article)
You’ve gone on quite a journey to get to this point. A diagnosis can be a scary feeling, often leaving just as many open questions as before. But it is often also a fantastic feeling of relief. Now you have direction, and the next step is to follow up and start making progress with a qualified specialist. This is where we come in.
For more information on the individualized strategies and programming we can offer your child in The Center for Multisensory Learning at Wheeling Country Day School, please contact us today.
At The Center for Multisensory Learning at Wheeling Country Day School, we use these online tools extensively for a variety of students in a variety of ways. Click through and if there are any questions, please contact our director, Theresa Kowcheck.
- LearningAlly.org – This app supports students with a wide range of reading issues, including Dyslexia and Dysgraphia (App)
- Bookshare.org – The online library of reading materials for students with print disabilities (Online Resource)
- Gingersoftware.com – This writing app for both desktop and mobile devices improves communication skills with a grammar checker, translation tool, text reader, and much more (App)
Blogs, Articles, and Webinars
HOW CAN WE HELP YOU?
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