Parenting is the most important job of all, yet very little is available to parents in the form of skill and strategy parent-training.

At C4L, we have done our homework and know what parenting strategies and techniques work best for your child’s wellbeing. Our programs, both private and public, are specifically developed for parents of children and teens to assist you in creating the fulfilling relationship that you dreamed of when you embarked on the path of becoming a parent. If you have the will, we have the way!

Here are a few of the most frequent inquiries we receive from parents who are considering C4L’s services and programs;

Our daughter has been tutored since she was in the second grade. She’s in the seventh grade now. We usually see some improvement in her schoolwork at the beginning of the school year, but by the end of the year, she is hardly passing her classes. Is this the wrong tutoring for her? With proper tutoring, can her higher grades be sustained throughout the school year?

It sounds like your daughter’s symptoms have been treated through tutoring, but the underlying cause of the symptoms has not been determined. Tutoring often helps the child to get through the school year because the tutor helps with homework and studying. The problem with tutoring is that it often increases the child’s dependence on others rather than making the child more independent. If the underlying problem is not addressed, eventually the child will get to a level where even tutoring will not be sufficient.

At C4L, we have educational therapists who work on resolving the child’s underlying processing problem. Of course, the first step is typically to get the child evaluated to determine exactly what the problem is. After the evaluation, a plan of action will spell out the steps that can be taken to help your daughter become a successful and independent learner.

Our son is seven. We watch him look at the pictures in his story books and notice that he’s making the words up. When he speaks, he has difficulty thinking of the right word to express what he’s trying to say. Will this get better when he reaches the second grade?

Children pass through so many phases that it’s tempting to hope that time will heal all difficulties. However, when it comes to reading difficulties, just the opposite is true. If your seven-year-old son is struggling in reading, the problem will likely get worse if there is no intervention. research has shown this to be true. In addition, your son’s difficulty thinking of the right word could be a learning problem that is related to his struggles with reading.

We suggest that you get your son evaluated to get to the root of the problems he is experiencing. Once you know the exact nature of the problem, you can help him to get over it.

My husband and I are totally stressed out over the amount of time it takes our daughter to even start her homework. She’s becoming really aggressive with us when homework time comes around. Dinner time is awful because we know we’ll have to go through the same old battle as the night before.

At first, we figured our daughter was simply going through the regular transition all teens go through, but her grades are suffering and so are her relationships with her friends. How old are the children that visit your center? Is she too old?

We typically specialize in children between ages 5 and 18—school age. But we have also assessed children as young as two-years-old. In addition, we have assessed many adults. We are accustomed to helping families with exactly the type of problem you are experiencing. Homework struggles is often a symptom of some other learning problem or of a problem with sustaining attention and getting organized. The teen experience adds a whole new dimension to the problem. The short answer to your question is, “No, your daughter is not too old for us to be of assistance. In fact, we have assessed many teenagers who present with the same issue as your daughter.”

I’ve slowly detected an irregular pattern to our child’s speech. He pauses and then looks at us for reinforcement. He’s been given a hearing test and we’ve been told there’s nothing wrong. His teachers can see something but they can’t pinpoint the problem. Might the tests The Center for Learning administers give us an indication of what is happening to our child?

Here at The Center for Learning we work in a multi-disciplinary format. This is a fancy way of saying that we recognize that you’re far more likely to get to the root of a problem if you have professionals with different areas of expertise participating in the evaluation. In the case of your son, our Speech and Language Pathologist, Wendy Roberts, would be an important member of the evaluation team. As always, we would want to rule out other possible explanations, but a speech and language evaluation would be a vital part of the assessment.

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