Carolyn Patterson’s approach to educational therapy is based on providing children and families with the tools they need to succeed. She draws on her extensive special education classroom experience as well as her earlier experience as a computer consultant 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
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.
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.
A key part of Mrs. Patterson’s practice is executive functioning, encompassing a broad array of organizational issues such as time management, homework, school materials, etc., as well as the complex task of writing.
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. Working with Mrs. Patterson to improve executive functioning gives them the opportunity to experience success.