Pathways to Learning
Pathways to Learning – Our Philosophy
Academic learning, behaviour and the ability to cope with daily living activities are all cognitive functions which rely on strong developmental foundations and the integration of all seven sensory systems. Areas of underlying weakness need to be addressed to support cognitive function.
The Listening Program & Therapeutic Listening Program
Our auditory intervention programs are used to support sensory integration. The auditory system is connected to all the major organs in the body. This being so, the specially recorded and adapted music can have a significant effect on the child’s level of arousal, attention, social interaction, motor control, auditory processing, visual processing and oral motor skills.
The Alert Program & Zones of Regulation Self Regulation Programs
The Alert Program (How does Your Engine Run?) and Zones of Regulation are programs that teaches self-regulation, awareness and coping strategies. They provide the child with the tools to monitor the signals that indicate an internal level of readiness to work, play, listen, attend and participate in the activities of life. By recognising when their “engine is running” too high, too low or just right for the activity they are engaged in, what zone they are in, the child is able to use self-regulation strategies to bring them into the optimal state of arousal needed at the time.
Exercises which address all the seven senses are used to strengthen and integrate the senses. Some children have difficulty handling the information received by their senses; things like sound, touch,sight, smell and taste. There are two, less well-known senses, that can also be affected; proprioception (muscle feedback to the brain - a sense of body awareness) and vestibular sense (balance, movement and coordination). Children with sensory processing issues experience either too much or too little stimulation through these senses which can affect their ability to function effectively across all areas of their lives.
Reflex Integration Therapy
Retained primitive reflexes can lead to developmental delays related to disorders like ADHD, sensory processing disorder, autism, and learning disabilities. The persistence of primitive reflexes contribute to issues such as coordination, balance, sensory perceptions, fine motor skills, sleep, immunity, energy levels, impulse control, concentration and all levels of social, emotional, and academic learning.
The Feuerstein Program uses mediated learning to take simple principals off the paper and relate them to daily activities and real-life scenarios and situations. The program teaches the brain to think and be more aware of decisions and outcomes.
By recognising that the sounds of language, like the notes of musical instruments, all have their own specific shape and formation the child is able to break down the sounds in speech and recognise the letters and spelling patterns that are used to produce the sounds. Good phonemic awareness is essential for reading and spelling.
The Astronaut Program
The Astronaut program is a sound activated vestibular-visual program that helps to integrate the auditory, visual and vestibular systems. As movement is a part of everything that we do, the vestibular system (balance) is important for all our interactions with the sensory world.
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