What Are Core Learning Skills?
The mental flexibility and adaptability needed for ease in learning, social relationships, and general functions begins at the core learning skills level. Students that benefit from work in this area often have weaknesses in body and spatial awareness, coordination, sense of direction, attention awareness, self-regulation, handwriting, visual skills, sensory processing, and fine motor skills. Core learning skills training utilizes a series of visual, balance, and movement exercises to help form and strengthen neurological connections that are critical to comfortable learning and functioning. These are connections that should have formed early-on in the brain's growth, but have not fully developed. The core learning skills activities help integrate primitive survival reflexes, improve interpretation of sensory input, increase body and attention awareness and control, and strengthen overall learning efficiency.
The Core Learning Programs We Use
CORE is a program that consists of 14 core skill areas, each of which has a number of different, sequential activities designed to integrate reflexes, build body awareness and control, increase attention and concentration, and develop visual skills and internal organization needed for learning.
Quantum Reflex Integration® (QRI) is a unique program which uses low-level laser therapy to stimulate and integrate primitive reflexes. Primitive reflexes are infantile movement patterns which, when unintegrated, can interfere with normal learning and development. QRI’s low-intensity program relaxes the nervous system and stimulates these potent neurodevelopmental movement patterns. Once reflexes are integrated, students become more alert, confident, coordinated, and mentally and emotionally flexible.
Interactive Metronome® (IM) is one of our most effective programs for attention skills. The IM program provides a structured, goal-oriented process that rewires the brain's neuro-timing while targeting visual and auditory processing, processing speed, and visual-motor coordination. The activities challenge students to synchronize a range of repetitive hand and foot exercises to a precise computer-generated reference tone heard through headphones.
The human brain’s efficiency and performance depend on the seamless transition of neuro-network signals from one area of the brain to another. Scientific studies suggest that IM works by augmenting internal processing speed within the neuro-axis. The key regions of the brain that are targeted include the cerebellum, prefrontal cortex, cingulate gyrus and basal ganglia. These parts of the brain are responsible for human timing, as well as other day to day functions such as: sustained attention, language formulation, motor coordination and balance. Learn more by visiting their website.
PATH To Reading® is designed as a computer-based game that improves attention span, reading, memory, and learning skills. PATH was developed by Dr. Teri Lawton, a neurobiologist who has studied visual perception for over 30 years. Her research shows that the core deficiency of many poor readers is an impaired visual ability to discriminate the direction of motion, which results in spatial and temporal sequencing problems caused by neural timing deficits. PATH’s direction discrimination training tunes the brain’s neural timing, enabling the neurons in the motion pathway to improve the intake of visual information. In turn, this allows the brain to better isolate and process letters and words. Learn more by visiting their website.
Write Brain is a program based on the culmination of over 15 years of research by Certified Handwriting Remediation Specialist Jeanette Farmer. Her Retrain the Brain method uses specific movement exercises and therapeutic music in an engaging format to develop attention, impulse-control, and graphomotor skills. Much more than a just a handwriting program, the Write Brain program bypasses the thinking brain to stimulate the brain’s lower levels, especially the emotional brain to stabilize the learning process. Learn more by visiting Jeanette's website.
Integrated Listening Systems® (iLS) is a multi-sensory program, based on the work of Dr. Alfred Tomatis, for improving brain function. Its global effect on the brain and central nervous system influences balance, visual, auditory, motor, coordination, and balance skills. Learn more by visiting their website.
The Listening Program® (TLP) ) is a music listening method, personalized to improve brain fitness at any age or level of ability. TLP has global effects on the brain, and is commonly used to support changes in a wide range of brain performance areas, such as executive function, communication, auditory processing, social/emotional function, stress response, motor coordination, and creativity. Learn more by visiting their website.
Strong core learning skills lead to the development of other important skills on the Learning Skills Continuum.
Executive function skills strengthen our ability to self-manage and direct our attention, choices, and thinking.
Cognitive processing skills like memory and language are the tools students have at their disposal to handle and interact with the information they face every day.