The primary learning therapy programme used at the Developmental Learning Centre is Extra Lesson TM. This is an internationally recognised therapeutic programme which involves your child working one on one with our Extra Lesson-trained therapists. This approach is combined with the latest in neuro-physiological research into brain development to identify and remove the obstacles which are impeding your child's learning.
If my child needs help what will happen next?
This depends upon the findings of the assessment. If immaturities are discovered in any of the underlying capacities required for learning, a programme will be planned for your child to mature each specific area.
Extra Lesson™ Learning Therapy
Most children begin with the Extra Lesson™ programme. The child will attend a weekly lesson which will include the following:
The developmental floor exercise programme.
This sequence of movement therapy is undertaken by most students and is a key component to the programme. The exercises repeat the early childhood movement patterns which are essential to the maturation of the child’s neurological system and give your child a second chance to develop the pathways in the brain needed for learning in the way nature intended. We work one on one with your child, closely observing your child’s responses to each exercise. Any obstructions to free movement will be noted and referrals may be made to other professionals as needed.
This initial program also includes:
Spatial awareness and balance activities
Fine motor exercises
Speech and movement coordination exercises
Drawing and painting therapy
How long will the therapy programme take?
Most students need 20 – 40 lessons over 2 to 4 school terms. An initial cycle of 20 weekly 45 minute Extra Lesson™ therapy sessions is recommended with a reassessment at the end of Lesson 20. This reassessment will give you and your child feedback on progress, help you maintain motivation and allow the Extra Lesson practitioner to plan the next phase of remediation.
After the 24 weeks of developmental floor exercises are completed more specific exercises are given to suppress any remaining early childhood movement patterns i.e. primitive reflexes and midlines which are often still present in children with learning difficulties. Advanced painting and movement exercises also assist with rhythmical integration, motor planning, balance, sensory integration and harmonisation of the whole child.
Is there “homework”?
Yes. The Home exercise programme is an essential key to successfully removing the underlying obstacles to your child’s learning capacity. Parents are asked to supervise a daily 10-15 minute exercise programme at home which is reviewed at each weekly session. It is through the repetition of movements that the brain is able to mature and the pathways needed for easeful learning are established. The success of the programme depends to a large degree upon the commitment of the parents and child to this home exercise programme.
What kinds of exercises will my child be doing?
Exercises may include performing movements such as creeping like a lizard, crawling like a tiger, rolling like a log or leaping like a frog. Beanbag exercises with songs and rhymes for speech and movement integration are also repeated daily at home. You and your child will enjoy them!
What is this therapy programme designed to do?
The therapy programme is designed to mature your child’s neurological functioning and release his or her innate ability to learn.
It assists your child to feel comfortable in his or her physical body, to be in control of it, and to become a confident learner able to fulfil his true potential.