Special Needs & Struggling Learners

K – 12th Grade

  Our Special Needs courses are based on a therapy model of intervention. Higher-level thinking skills will be developed and supported in interactive, small-group classes that cover reading or math instruction while mediation, Socratic questioning, and strengthening of cognitive functions will serve as the core methodology. We create an atmosphere where anxiety is reduced and thinking is maximized.


Reading and Phonics through Spelling

Reading and Phonics through Spelling takes five essential components of reading – phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary and reading comprehension – and systematically teaches special needs students and struggling learners using a discovery and sound-based approach to phonics. Each week students will discover spelling patterns for different sounds using therapy methods in the class. Homework is completed each week using the A Reason For Spelling workbooks. This approach to reading and phonics gives a solid foundation while also using proven methods for students with dyslexia.

  • Level 1 is offered for students with a 2nd or 3rd-grade reading and/or spelling level.
  • Level 2 is offered for students with a 3rd grade or above reading and/or spelling level.

Math Games Class

Math Games will build and strengthen number sense, math fluency, math vocabulary, and problem-solving strategies for special needs or struggling learners. Students who need to master basic number skills and procedures will benefit the most from this program. Also, students who do not remember the steps in problem-solving or have trouble with math facts would benefit!

  • Level 1 – Basic Operations – offers addition, subtraction, multiplication, division and how to learn math facts fast.
  • Level 2 – Math involving multiplication and division facts, introduction to fractions.
  • Level 3 – Math involving fractions, decimals, metric system, and percents.

Private Tutoring

Classes are taught privately. Please contact Amy Vickrey at amy.thinkandlearn@gmail.com

Why are the class sizes so small?

Classes are kept small in order to facilitate a true cooperative learning environment with an educational therapy format. We use a discovery model of learning where students discover or realize a fact instead of being told facts. We think you will love our hands-on approach to education.