Carolyn Patterson’s approach to educational therapy is based on providing children and families with the tools they need to succeed and to identify the specific strategies that will help each child dealing with his or her own educational challenges. Mrs. Patterson takes a holistic and balanced approach for every student, including:
- Assessment of specific strengths and weaknesses
- Identification of areas of interest and enthusiasm
- Skills development to build academic skills in targeted areas
Learning strategies encompass a variety of skills, techniques, and habits associated with effective learning. Depending on each child’s particular needs, Mrs. Patterson will focus on the reading and/or math skills required to master a wide range of subject areas.
Reading Effective reading is achieved through the synergy of decoding (the journey from random groups to letters to understanding words and sentences), prior knowledge and exposure, vocabulary, and reading comprehension. If a single piece of the reading puzzle is missing, reading is a struggle.
Math In math, short-term or long-term memory storage and retrieval may be difficult for a student. However, memory deficits should not be a stumbling block for students who need to learn “higher” math (algebra and geometry). Mrs. Patterson helps children focus on learning the facts they need to complete classroom assignments, while using charts, calculators and other tools assist in grasping higher level concepts.
Executive Functioning Executive functioning refers to the ability of individuals to plan, organize, manage time, and otherwise get through the business of day-to-day living. Children who struggle with effective executive functioning typically exhibit difficulty maintaining focus or achieving longer-term follow-through. Because of their frustration, they may lack motivation.
A key part of Mrs. Patterson’s practice focuses on the executive functions required for:
- Getting homework done and turned in on time
- Having required school books and materials on hand when needed
- The complex task of writing
Working with Mrs. Patterson to improve executive functioning gives struggling students the opportunity to experience success.
Mrs. Patterson utilizes the Seeing My Time and SMARTS programs, as well as individualized help based on a student’s unique schedule and school environment.
A subset of Executive Functioning, time management is a critical component of school success.