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The Problem

In the more than 10 years I’ve worked with Special Needs children, one thing I’ve consistently noticed are the endless stream of specialists in the lives of my students. I’ve seen play therapists, occupational therapists, vocational therapists, art therapists, animal therapists, ABA therapists, mentors, advocates, lawyers, social workers, case managers, teacher aides, teacher assistants, and teachers with so many different specialties and opinions I can’t remember them all. Everybody works hard, and some have great success, but too often I have seen simple problems needlessly turned into complex ones, and complex problems turned into impossible ones. The child attends session after session with this or that person with this or that specialty, but at the end of the day the problems still persist and after a while the parent begins to wonder if all the effort is really worth it.
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The Common Sense Difference

We take a common sense approach to your child’s education. Instead of trying to force a square peg into a round hole, we devise a strategy that is about solving problems. We study exactly what is or isn’t working, and then devise a simple, direct solution that seeks permanent, positive results. We work WITH your child, not AT your child, always trying to SHOW the child the real-world result of a given behavior. Your child is an equal in this process, not a test subject to be looked down upon and excluded from his or her own education. As a result, not only will your child gain new skills and reinforcements, but he or she will develop personal insight into his or her own issues and will be able to work through them even after the tutoring is done.
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Process

Everything we learn is a step-by-step process, whether it’s table manners, juggling, or math. Through trial-and-error practice, we study the process until we have mastered it, and then apply what we have mastered to new learning tasks. When a student fails to learn it is almost always because he was not fully aware of the step-by-step process and/or did not practice sufficiently (or efficiently).

“I don’t know what to do!” is the most common complaint of the struggling student, with “This is hard!” a close second. We emphatically believe that both of these problems will be solved by the radical, experimental, innovative COMMON SENSE approach of SHOWING the student what to do and then teaching them how to LEARN from their mistakes.