Classrooms, learning skills, Unique Issues

Reading with LOCAN

WHAT IS LOCAN?

LOCAN is a new method for teaching reading.

Most children who have not learned to read by the third grade are probably figurally-dominant. They are labeled “learning disabled” or “dyslexic” because they cannot read. Concrete learners will also probably struggle to progress in reading with any of the existing methods. Or, if they do learn to “read,” it will probably be reading without comprehension. All children who are preliterate or non literate can benefit from LOCAN!

LOCAN is a hieroglyphic language, making it direct and concrete. Every word in the language has its own glyph. Picture-characters (or glyphs) stand for words. One picture-character equals one word. The meaning is directly represented in the symbol. Children first learn to read logos, trademarks, stop signs, etc. It is the natural way to learn to read. LOCAN extends this natural experience into the English language.

It is easy to acquire vocabulary, and is much easier than Continue reading “Reading with LOCAN”

Unique Issues

SOI Support for Dyslexia

I believe the best support for struggling students with dyslexic symptoms is the full spectrum of Structure of Intellect interventions. Most of the students at Positive Learning Solutions have some degree of dyslexic symptoms, and have made much reading progress with their program and are progressing in school.

First, identifying visual and auditory perceptual processing problems and remediating them is necessary for success in overcoming any learning problem, and dyslexia is no exception. SOI-IPP and specific SOI computer and paper modules provide that underlying support for visual, auditory, and spatial abilities.

Any referrals to Meeker Paradigm Area 3 health professionals are appropriate as well. Some visual symptoms – such as letters/numbers/words moving or distorting, or losing place frequently – that are found in dyslexia checklists from any source, are in recent years found to actually be Irlen Syndrome symptoms co-existing with dyslexia. Free questionnaires can help determine if an Irlen screening and specific colors can eliminate part of the barrier to reading and learning.

Particularly if starting a phonemic awareness/phonics-based dyslexia reading program, a student is at a clear disadvantage if the auditory processing/memory are not strengthened beforehand. The SOI Auditory Kit strengthens auditory discrimination, semantic sequences, and memory of units. The Auditory Kit and Memory Matrix (particularly the 3 auditory exercises) are used with most, if not all of my students with much success. Every area of a student’s memory ability needs to be strengthened before any dyslexia reading program is begun. Continue reading “SOI Support for Dyslexia”

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Trauma Treatment and SOI ALA-PLA Learning Therapy Part 3

AN ADULT DYSLEXIC: PART 3

Click here to read the first part of Juan’s story.

“Can you teach me to read?” Juan asked me three months ago as his psychotherapy came to a close. Because he was beaten and humiliated as a boy for his “dyslexia,” I first treated his trauma in therapy and then applied SOI learning therapy. He has now taken both the computer test (ALA-PLA) and the CR test (paper and pencil).

You may remember what his profile revealed: with the exception of auditory memory, Juan tested at the bottom stanine in every ALA-PLA subtest! However, Juan did not feel comfortable on the computer and could not understand the test directions well. So, we gave him the CR test, explaining the directions one-on-one as he retook each subtest. The test was administered by Jamie Katz, Advanced SOI Trainer and co-founder of Brain Bridge SOI Training Center in Manhattan Beach, California.

After 3 months of SOI Learning Therapy, Juan scored at the Gifted level in NSI and DMU! The DMU, unsurprisingly, is autobiographical:

“FREE AS A BIRD”

ONCE I WAS A BIRD AND FLU OVER A RIVER. I SAW THIS SEA MONSTER AND I APPROACHED IT BUT TRIED TO EAT ME. I FLEW TOWARDS AN ISLAND WHERE THERE WERE MORE BIRDS. WE FORMED A COLONY AND BECAME MEN AND WOMEN AND WE BUILT A CITY THEN WE BUILT BOATS TO FISH AND RAISED FOOD.

WHEN I DIED THE SUN PICKED ME UP AND WENT THROUGH A SERIES OF TUNNELS TO WAIT FOR MY RETURN TO LIFE. THERE WERE DOORS WHERE I ENTERED, BUT THERE WERE HILLS BUT I KEPT ON CLIMBING…

Continue reading “Trauma Treatment and SOI ALA-PLA Learning Therapy Part 3”