The Literacy Enrichment Academic Program (LEAP) at St. Timothy’s Christian Academy is a specialized and highly intensive program for students with language-based learning differences affecting literacy in grades JK – 5. All of our programs are administered in a one-on-one learning environment, with support and accommodations provided in the classroom. Our program is based on an integrative model with individually devised learning profiles, classroom support, and collaboration with outside experts. As a result of our clinical approach, our students are empowered to be independent learners.
In LEAP we use a multi-sensory approach that is recognized as best practices in the treatment of dyslexia, auditory processing disorders, and other learning issues affecting literacy. All instruction is 1:1 and taught with the use of scientifically based education programs such as the Lindamood Phoneme Sequencing Program for Reading, Spelling and Speech (LiPS®) Program, The Nancibell® Visualizing and Verbalizing for Language Comprehension and Thinking® (V/V®) Program, and PACE – Processing and Cognitive Enhancement. Students may also benefit from supplemental programs like the Tomatis Method and Cogmed, which will help students move through their individualized program more rapidly.
Our trained staff at LEAP tailors different remediation programs to match each student’s learning profile. All of our decisions are based on standardized, norm-referenced testing, and we are able to adjust a student’s program based on his or her changing needs. We offer a united teaching environment, working closely with classroom teachers, and our student’s parents to give each student the skills they need to succeed!
Who Should Apply?
LEAP is designed for intelligent and creative students in grades JK to 5 with language-based learning differences such as dyslexia. LEAP students possess average to superior cognitive abilities with relative weaknesses in phonemic processing, information processing, processing speed and working memory. The program accepts students who are struggling in traditional classrooms because their reading, writing, and organizing skills do not match their cognitive potential.
We accept students who have one or more of the following:
- Dyslexia/Reading Disability
- Expressive Language Disorder
- Executive Function Weaknesses
We do NOT accept students who have:
- Nonverbal Learning Disabilities
- Autism Spectrum Disorders/Asperger’s Syndrome
- Pervasive Developmental Disorder
- Developmental Delay
This program applies phonemic awareness to the identification and sequencing of sounds. Students are taught how their mouths produce the sounds of language. Through this process of kinesthetic feedback, students are enabled to verify the identity and sequence of sounds within words, and to become self-correcting in reading, spelling and speech.
This program develops concept imagery for both oral and written language. Through a series of steps, students learn to create a complete image and integrate that imagery with language as a basis for language comprehension and thinking.
This program is designed to quickly and significantly build a student’s underlying mental skills which are so vital to academic success. This intense, highly structured program consists of many small steps targeted to enhance processing speed, working memory, visual processing, word attack, auditory analysis, logic and reasoning, and selective attention. These therapeutic activities are all delivered in the form of brain games.
This program offers an explicit and systematic instruction with scaffolding and coordinated instructional routines for phonemic awareness, phonics, and advance word analysis. There is direct attention to spelling rules that complement the phonics instruction.
This program utilizes advanced technology to transmit gated and filtered sound – Mozart and Gregorian Chant – to the listener’s ear through special headphones. This passive sound therapy operates on the plasticity in specific areas of the nervous system involved in the decoding and analysis of sounds, as well as on those involved in motor skills, balance, and coordination. This program will help students manage their learning challenges so they can effectively overcome them.
St. Timothy’s offers a fun summer program for students going into kindergarten or first grade. Students learn phonological awareness, develop working memory, and increase visual processing skills using Lindamood-Bell techniques in a small group with one teacher for every six students. The group will also develop other academic skills including math, art, and music.