Thank you for inquiring about THINK! educational therapy. THINK! incorporates three scientifically proven methods to awaken a student's brain: Feuerstein Instrumental Enrichment (FIE), National Institute for Learning Development (NILD), and Integrated Listening Systems (iLs). These complementary methods jump-start information processing and thinking and integrate the various centers in the brain. Our students become independent lifelong learners.
The THINK! program is unique from other learning programs and tutoring because it uses FIE's "power tools" and NILD's "interactive language and dynamic intervention" to develop core academic skills and higher order processing through explicit and intentional instruction, inductive reasoning and Socratic questioning, guided practice and systematic feedback, and self-regulation and transfer. Our program is based on decades of theory and scientific research in the fields of education and psychology. Our tools can rewire brains.
Here's how it works:
· NILD Interactive Language and Targeted Tools: We target a student's areas of struggle based upon analysis of IEP reports. The therapist loads each session with NILD educational therapy exercises that workout the areas of neurological weakness. It is physical therapy for the brain. The student is facilitated through NILD tasks until new brain pathways develop. While most kids learn by absorbing intuitively, many challenged learners do not. But challenged kids can learn too if gently taught 'how to think.' This works brilliantly when kids are engaged consistently over time.
· FIE Bridging, Modeling, and Metacognition—Humans Teach Humans Best: We work face-to-face building rapport and connection. The therapist introduces and models how to perform an FIE task such as "Organization of Dots" or analyzing one's "Orientation in Space." They associate what the child is learning to real life with analogy and labels (bridging). The child is prompted to talk about what they are thinking as they work (meta-cognition). By doing this, the therapist is purposefully triggering dozens of cognitive pathways, and the whole brain 'lights up'. Neurons that fire together, wire together, and the brain changes. The brain can change.
· iLs Safe and Sound and FOCUS Listening Programs Increase and Expedite Learning through Auditory and Multisensory Stimulation: The Polyvagal Theory that the vagal nerve system interconnects the middle ear (auditory center) and freeze/ flight/ fight response is widely accepted in science today. The iLs Safe and Sound Protocol helps soothe and strengthen this system. A sense of safety is restored opening the student to focus and learn. The FOCUS program helps reorganize the brain with music that is digitally modified to stimulate certain brain areas to improve brain-body coordination and organization.
At THINK! we use these and other tools as needed to speed up a student's progress.
Intelligence is modifiable. THINK! educational therapy uses tools based on sound theory and research to harness brain plasticity stimulating human connection and brain development. We will help your child reach their full potential. And they will have fun doing it!
Let's do this. Let's THINK!
Susan Addams, Director, Cognitive Therapist, Licensed Educational Therapist, MBA