Give Us 4 Months and We’ll Give You a Different Child!
That’s our motto here at Jodie K. Schuller & Associates, because we see it every day, every week, every month, a parent comes to us feeling helpless and concerned that his child “just isn’t getting it” at school or “is feeling left out” in social settings. Time after time, we identify speech/language challenges that were so subtle they were missed, or so ineffectively addressed via tutoring alone. Now the child is 5 or 6 years old and struggling to learn to read, 6 or 7 years old and failing to connect with peers, 8 or 9 years old and struggling to comprehend literature or write an essay.
Beware of the “Never-Ending Path to Nowhere”!
If you’re reading this newsletter, then you may know that most therapeutic approaches can take many months, or even years, to see true results. In fact, some approaches or services only show results WHILE they are working with your child; thus your child’s success depends upon weekly sessions for as long as you can keep it up. Tutoring alone is often one of the worst culprits of the “therapeutic dependency” that can develop when a service does not target the source of the problem. Instead of equipping the child with the foundational skills that she somehow missed or failed to develop, tutoring alone merely addresses the symptoms caused by a foundational gap in speech/language/literacy skills, NOT THE FOUNDATIONAL GAP ITSELF!
It’s akin to air-dropping food to a starving tribe instead of teaching the tribal people to plant, grow, and harvest or hunt for their sustenance. This is not what we do at Jodie K. Schuller & Associates – we address the foundational gap itself and then success and self-confidence follow from there.
Jodie K. Schuller & Associates – When Results Matter!
We, at Jodie K. Schuller & Associates, believe that every child, regardless of developmental deficit or challenge, can effectively master the skills required for life-long learning when given the proper tools to unleash those foundational speech/language skills and capabilities. And, we typically start to see measurable results with our unique approach and methodology in JUST 4 SHORT MONTHS!
That’s the time it typically takes our students to manage their challenges and build their strengths to start realizing social and academic gains. Yes, 4 short months and, with our customized, intensive, and targeted approach, your child can be solidly on the path to success!
We believe that every child deserves academic and social success. We can help your child achieve this! By providing 1:1 tailor-made programs for each child and addressing the core building blocks that comprise the pyramid of social and academic success, we enable our children to reach their potentials academically, socially and personally, regardless of learning styles, challenges or disabilities.
In fact, that’s our mission here at Jodie K. Schuller & Associates! We are here to help our students overcome their challenges and build on their strengths to succeed socially and academically. We are here to empower our children to share their unique gifts with the world. To do so, they must be able to connect with the world around them through effective language and communication (whether oral, written, social, etc.). You may be wondering how we do this…connections are key!
The Key is Our Connections-Based Methodology
Unlike most other speech/language practices or tutoring centers, we focus on the child as a whole being. We understand the connection between early speech and language skills and the social and academic skills that follow. We understand that difficulties with emergent skills at the toddler and preschool levels often resurface in elementary and middle school as problems in school or in social situations. We realize that these difficulties are often only “symptoms” which are the result of a building block or core speech/language component that was missed or under-developed during earlier critical years.
For example, did you know that…
Early problems with speech production often lead to difficulty with phonics acquisition and spelling in kindergarten and first grade. After all, speaking the sounds is the prerequisite for reading the sounds, which is the prerequisite for writing the letters for the sounds. It’s all about sounds!
Early problems with play skills and language development often lead to difficulties on the playground and in group participation. For example, learning to share, to be a good loser and to negotiate during disagreements should emerge at the preschool age and remain key to successful team-work and conflict resolution throughout life.
Early problems with language development often lead to problems with reading comprehension. To understand spoken language, we must read our conversational partner’s minds and make inferences; to understand books, we must read the minds of our story characters and make inferences.
These are just a few of the connections that link speech and language development to the acquisition of reading, writing and social skills. By targeting the source speech/language deficit or underlying issue, the child is able to acquire the skills required for long-term academic or social success, not merely perform better on a test. Along with this skill set, the child also gains the self-confidence and genuine feeling of self-actualization that is so critical in all realms of life.
Since vital speech/language skills start emerging almost as soon as we are born, so early intervention, whenever possible, is the preferred approach to treatment. Prevention is a lot more effective and less expensive than remediation. At the older age levels, academic/social challenges are often overlaid with negative experiences and unresolved gaps in skills and knowledge. Therefore, it is best to address problems early, while they are still emerging and uncomplicated, in the preschool and early elementary years.
That doesn’t mean we shrug our shoulders and shake our heads when we meet middle- and high-school kids. On the contrary! We can still identify their challenges. We can still give them the skills they need for social and academic success, regardless of how ingrained their “old” ways of learning may have become. We can still hone their talents and help them discover their unique gifts to share with the worlds.
The Difference is Our Approach
Regardless of when you identify and address these problems, it is important to seek out a practice like Jodie K. Schuller & Associates who provide the complete package for success. We cover all the bases and provide a treatment program which is:
Coordinated: with classroom lessons plans, state standards, IEP goals, teachers, school support services, medical providers, pediatricians, and parents.
Customized: speech/language deficits affect a child’s literacy, comprehension, written expression, and reading skills (and can result in dyslexia or other related processing disorders); we comprehensively evaluate and target the underlying foundational gaps to unleash your child’s full potential.
Comprehensive: each child has unique strengths and challenges; our programs are designed to leverage a child’s strengths and build skills in areas of deficit or challenge.
We offer a complete range of speech, language and literacy services. If you know a child who is struggling academically, socially, or developmentally, don’t wait – we will address the foundational gaps and develop a targeted, intensive, 1:1 plan to get that child back on track!
Call us at 858-509-1131.
Give us 4 months and we’ll give you a different child!