In a nutshell.
More than just a theory, Yes I Can professionals are trained to boost performance via technique and skill. Here’s a glimpse into some of the methods that have been catalysts of success for many of our graduating grade schoolers. They’ve moved on - independently - and these techniques have been useful tools toward exponential success in teaching and shaping their formative years.
1. Orton Gillingham
Method: A language based multisensory, structured and sequential approach to combat difficulty in reading, spelling, and writing.
Approach: Our therapists teach reading using sound-symbol associations along with linguistic rules and generalizations in a linguistically logical, understandable order. Students begin by reading and writing sounds in isolation. Then they blend the sounds into syllables and words. Students learn the elements of language - consonants, vowels, digraphs, blends, and diphthongs - in an orderly fashion. They then proceed to advanced structural elements such as syllable types, roots, and affixes. As students learn new material, they continue to review old material to the level of automaticity. The teacher addresses vocabulary, sentence structure, composition, and reading comprehension in a similar structured, sequential, and cumulative manner.
2. Lindamood Bell (LiPS™)
Method: Sensory cognitive approach toward teaching reading.
Approach: Our therapists understand that reading is a form of integration. The LiPS™ Program is a phonemic awareness program, which also includes phonics instruction and its application, phonetic processing in both reading and spelling. The instruction is delivered in a discovery format through the use of questioning techniques that connect students to sensory experiences in order to form concepts. LiPS™ stretches from a pre-reading level where phonemic awareness is developed, into single syllable, multi-syllable, and contextual reading levels where phonemic awareness and orthographic expectancies are
3. Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)
Method: ABA is the process of systematically applying interventions based on the principles of the learning theory. This is to improve socially significant behaviors to a meaningful degree and to prove that the interventions employed were responsible for the improvement in the behavior.
Approach: Our therapists use the principles of ABA including contingent observations and positive reinforcement for consistency shaping behavior using reinforcement systems, token economy, prompting, task analysis, shaping and chaining, and functional communication training.
4. I LAUGH model of Social Thinking
Method: Based on the methodologies of Michelle Garcia Winner the founder of social thinking.
Approach: Our therapist understand that good social skills include the ability to adapt your behavior based on the situation and how the people in the situation respond in the way you expect. The I LAUGH model is an acronym for the elements of communication and problem solving including I=initiating L=listening with our eyes and brains A=abstracting and inferencing U=understanding perspective G=gestalt (getting the big picture) H= humor and human relationships.