Parent Information / FAQ

What is ELS?

ELS stands for Eureka Learning Systems. This is an organisation dedicated to the support of children with learning differences and developmental delays. This is achieved through research and development of educational methods and materials as well as providing training and support to teachers, parents, caregivers and professionals who work with children and individuals with specialised needs.

What is ELS Educational Therapy?

ELS Educational therapy is a one-on-one educational interventional programme. The programme consists of five core learning areas: visual perception, auditory perception, language, literacy and numeracy. The programme follows an individualised developmental approach. This may differ from one learning area to the next, depending on the child’s specific learning profile. The focus and content of the educational therapy is thus different for each child.

Who will benefit from ELS therapy?

  • children with any type of learning disability or difficulty including reading, spelling, writing (dyslexia) and numeracy / mathematics (dyscalculia)
  • children with developmental delays
  • children with receptive, expressive and written language difficulties
  • children with auditory and visual perception delays
  • children with attention, memory and executive functioning deficits.
  • children with pervasive developmental delays related to disorders and syndromes such as autism spectrum and non verbal learning disabilities.

What is the Educational philosophy behind ELS?

All children can learn, no matter what the diagnosis, and no matter what the age. A child’s cognition can improve – cognition or thinking is developed by “mediating” a child’s life experiences and developing multiple processing such as visual, auditory, language and graphomotor abilities simultaneously.

Children need to learn at the ‘learning level they are responsive to”, only then will a child engage cognitively.

What training does an ELS Educational therapist have?

All ELS therapists attend a 5 day comprehensive training course. They then register with ELS (their details appear on the website www.eurekalearningsystems.com). Registered therapists obtain updated information on developments in the field of specialised educational needs, as well as updates and developments of the ELS programme. Workshops related to ELS techniques and methodology are presented throughout the year, and these are attended to ensure continuous educational development.

Who can train to be an ELS therapist?

Teachers, learning support specialists, trained tutors, or tertiary trained professionals working in the field of specialised support for children with delays and learning challenges.

How does one start ELS therapy?

Most often a child is referred for therapy by a professional working in the field of education (e.g. teacher, principal or educational psychologist). A child, however, does not have to be referred by a professional. A parent may contact an ELS therapist directly ( www.eurekalearningsystems.com ) who will assist with queries. A child may require an educational assessment in order to ascertain his/her leaning profile (most often done by an educational psychologist). An individualised development plan (IDP) sets the focus for therapy.

What learning materials are used in ELS therapy?

The learning materials have been developed by ELS to support the methods in which the therapists have been trained. Additional educational resources are available on the ELS website.

How do I enrol my child?

Contact with a registered ELS therapist (details of website) is made by the parent. The parent fills out the enrolment card, and upon payment of the registration fee, the child then is registered (under the therapist) with ELS. Personalised record / workbooks are sent to the therapist who then uses them for the sole use of the child whose name will be printed on the materials. It is important to note that the workbooks do not become the property of the child, they remain with the therapist. These record / workbooks record progress through the programme, and are used extensively for planning and sequenced implementation of the programme. When the child’s therapy is terminated, the record / workbooks still remain in the property of the therapist.

How much does it cost?

There is no fixed rate for therapy. Therapists will discuss and agree this with each individual. Fees are paid termly – and at the beginning of each term.

Part of the fees will be paid by the therapist to ELS. This will ensure continued and updated development of materials and the programme, continued support and networking through the website.

Can a school do ELS therapy?

Yes – ELS can be incorporated into an existing school as a therapeutic support alongside the curriculum which is used by the school. Use the website for such initial contact to discuss specific needs.