ELS registered learning centres

 

Eureka Learning Systems registered learning centres

 

Introduction:

There are many overlapping symptoms across learning ‘disorders” and “disabilities”. For a child with a learning disability, the general process of learning remains the same as for a neurotypical child, no matter what the diagnosis or the causes for the presenting problems a child may have. It is important to understand that a child’s behaviours and outcomes of school “work” are a manifestation of how he/she processes information. When a child is not developing to the generally accepted “norm”, this processing of information is impaired which can result in a child not being able to express himself adequately or give meaning to a confusing world around him.

When dealing with children. no matter what the “label” (e.g. gifted, neurotypical, delayed), we need to provide a safe environment that is accepting and respectful of their presenting learning profiles and emotional and behavioural barriers. This environment must be consistent, and an empathic relationship between teacher and educational therapist must exist. There needs to be a belief that the “presenting barriers” can be overcome and a systematic, developmental programme followed to achieve this. The belief that cognition (thought processing) can be developed is key, and that it is important that a child engages in thinking. Problem solving and language needs to be mediated through dialogue.

All ELS Centres are managed and staffed by Educational Therapists and teachers who believe in the above.

 

 

What can I expect if my child is enrolled in a Eureka Learning Centre?

  1. The teaching staff are trained and Educational therapists are registered with ELS (Eureka Learning Systems)
  2. The philosophy, principles and methodology of ELS are followed (click here for more information)
  3. An individualised approach is followed (all children work at their unique level of cognitive engagement on all learning tasks and activities)
  4. All children receive a minimum of two sessions of one-on-one ELS educational therapy to address their (individually) identified barriers to learning. The length of a session is typically between 45 and 60 minutes, depending on age and ability to attend.
  5. All children follow the ELS literacy and numeracy curriculum (which correlates with the levels attained in therapy)
  6. Independent learning is the aim for every child
  7. Should a child be attending an ELS learning centre for the school day, that the aim of the intervention received whilst at the centre is to reintegrate the child back into mainstream education as an independent, self-confident and resilient child.

What an ELS learning centre is not:

  1. A registered school.
    Children who attend an ELS learning centre for the duration of a school day receive ELS educational therapy, follow the ELS literacy and numeracy curriculum (supporting the therapy) as well as receiving tutoring in life skills and other learning areas appropriate to grade and functioning age level. In such instances, the parents have taken the responsibility to home school their children, and the ELS learning centre provides therapy and additional tutoring (should time allow) within the legal requirements as set out for homeschooling parents.

An ELS learning centre strives to:

  1. Support  the child and his parents within the community that they live
  2. Maintain close contact with the school into which the child is being prepared to reintegrate
  3. Where possible participate in sporting and social activities within the community schooling environment.

What does ELS registered mean?

  1. This is not a professional registration – but it does mean that the the centre follows all the principles of the Eureka Learning Systems company, and that the Educational Therapists are all active within the organisation, including participation in regular training and supervision from the organisation.
  2. All registered ELS therapists and learning centres are on the ELS website (eurekalearningsystems.com).
  3. All registered ELS centres have the suffix: “an ELS registered learning centre”