Trinity’s program of individualized educational therapy exists to make a Christian college preparatory education possible for students with diagnosed learning disabilities. These students have average to superior intelligence but often struggle in the regular classroom setting because of one or more difficulties in perception, cognition, processing speed, working memory, fluency or academic skills.
The goal of educational therapy is to move the student toward independence and success in the regular classroom and to realize his/her God-given abilities. Individualized educational therapy is developmentally specific, and Trinity offers three distinct programs that target the learning needs of students at different developmental levels. Our goal is to apply the most effective techniques and strategies while developing our students’ God-ordained talents in order to assist the student in reaching their full potential.
Educational Therapy FAQs
The following are questions frequently asked about learning disabilities:
1. How are learning disabilities diagnosed? An educational battery of formal and informal tests is used to determine areas of strengths and weaknesses and to identify the presence of specific learning difficulties. This battery includes, but is not limited to, a cognitive test (Weschler Intelligence Scale for Children-IV), which is administered by a licensed educational psychologist and used to determine student potential, and an achievement test (Woodcock-Johnson lll) which is used to determine current academic competency.
2. What is educational therapy? During the school day, students in educational therapy typically receive two 80-minute sessions of intensive one-on-one therapy per week. Some students may benefit from an abbreviated schedule, or have a therapy prescription that indicates an alternative arrangement. Educational therapy includes a variety of techniques designed to stimulate and strengthen areas of weakness in perception and cognition. Compensatory techniques are avoided. The end goal of educational therapy is to help students develop independence and responsibility in the classroom and in life.
3. Who is a candidate for this program? Potential students for this program are those experiencing obvious frustration in areas related to school performance. Poor spelling, illegible handwriting, inability to express thoughts verbally or in writing and difficulty with reading or math are common indicators of a learning disability.
4. What type of academic support and educational therapy programs d you employ? NILD Educational Therapy, Barton Reading and Spelling, Lindamood-Bell Reading and Comprehension Programs (Seeing Stars, Visualization & Verbalization, On Cloud Nine Mathematics) Search and Teach, Feuerstein’s Instrumental Enrichment.