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What is Learning Therapy?

Developmentally Orientated Learning Therapy is a form of integrative Learning Therapy. It supports children on all levels of their personality: motor, emotional, social and cognitive. A variety of different holistic approaches from education to psychology are used such as the pedagogical directions of the Rudolf Steiner and Montessori education, the research results of the Swiss developmental psychologist Jean Piaget on cognitive development of humans, the research of the American development psychologist A. Jean Ayres on sensory integration and many others.

It helps children and adolescents who have developed learning and performance problems despite adequate schooling, tutoring and a lot of practicing. Often they can’t meet the demands of school and parents any longer. Learning experiences are often  associated with failure, frustration and fear. Strategies of avoidance and dislike of learning may result. Typical symptoms such as abdominal pain before tests, headaches, aggressiveness and refusal to work can occur.

The aim is to build a positive self-esteem and motivation to learn. The child or adolescent should find confidence in himself and in learning. This also has an effect on relieving the family environment.

After a detailed diagnosis, an individual support plan is created that is based on the student’s level of development, possibilities and especially his strengths. With the Developmentally Orientated Learning Therapy learning and performance difficulties, learning blocks, concentration difficulties or lack of motivation can be greatly reduced or even overcome.

My personal approach

While working on the educational content, I support the learning process by improving the learning requirements and learning skills of the child. Thus, a promotion of auditory, visual and tactile perception, fine motor skills, concentration, memory, spatial perception and orientation and also of social behaviour can be achieved. Depending on the circumstances and situation, I choose and combine various methods from a large repertoire:

  • painting, drawing and movement exercises according to Audrey McAllen ("The Extra Lesson")
  • exercise program for overcoming persistent primary reflexes (Neu.Ways)
  • kinesiology exercises for concentration and relaxation
  • breathing, movement, sensory awareness exercises according to Goralewski / Gindler / Hengstenberg
  • kneading, touching, smelling also in conjunction with letters or numbers
  • ball and clapping games or exercises in combination with the articulation of words or numbers
  • arithmetic games with dice and others
  • games for the training of phonological awareness
  • phonetic reading and writing program following Biff,Chip&Kipper levels 1-6
  • techniques for concentrated working, self-regulation, self-control, memorizing and reproduction
  • English following amongst others inspirations Gisela Zander and Isolde Liebig, Biff,Chip and Kipper
    levels 1-6 by Annemarie Young and Kate Ruttle