Psychoeducational Therapy

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Dr Schneider provides customised intervention and learning disorder remediation using an evidence-based, multisensory approach that is adapted to individual needs. Dr Schneider works not only with students with dyslexia, dyscalculia, ADHD, ASD, ID, and other learning and developmental differences, but also with typically developing students who want to improve their academic achievement. The intervention that Dr Schneider provides is informed by the results of the initial evaluations, as well as ongoing assessments designed to monitor progress. 


Reading-Languge Arts Intervention

Dr Schneider uses an evidence-based multi-sensory approach to reading and language-arts instruction guided by the best practices identified by the National Reading Panel. Her approach focuses on six major areas of reading and language arts achievement:

 

Decoding (Reading) 

Individually-tailored, systematic, and evidence-based multi-sensory instruction in the sounds of English (including place and manner of articulation) and how they are represented by letters and letter combinations as well as syllable types, word families, word affixes (prefixes and suffixes), homographs and homophones.

Encoding (Spelling)

Individually-tailored, systematic, and evidence-based multi-sensory instruction in the spelling patterns of English, including constant clusters and vowel teams. For older students, special attention is given to spelling patterns based on word origin as well as syllable types, word families, word affixes (prefixes and suffixes), homographs and homophones.

Fluency (Reading Speed & Accuracy) 

Individually-tailored, systematic, and evidence-based multi-sensory instruction designed to improve reading rate and prosody, or the ability to read smoothly and with appropriate emotion and expression. Care is devoted to ensuring that your child can build speed and efficiency without sacrificing accuracy and comprehension.


Reading Comprehension

 

Individually-tailored, systematic, and evidence-based instruction in how to identify and understand the most important (salient) ideas and information in written texts, how to use background and contextual knowledge to analyse and make connections among ideas, how to make inferences and logical predictions, how to identify the parts of a story, how to identify characters and their motives, and how to break down story sequencing and cause-and-effect relationships, among others.  

Vocabulary

Individually-tailored, systematic, and evidence-based instruction in English-language vocabulary, with an emphasis on the words your child needs to know to be successful in school and in day-to-day conversation. For older students, emphasis is placed on idioms, figures of speech, rhetorical devices (such as simile and metaphor), and use of appropriate register based on purpose and context. 

Written Expression

Individually-tailored, systematic, and evidence-based instruction in the conventions of academic and formal writing. Emphasis is placed on planning, organization, and expressing ideas clearly and succinctly, as well as the nuts and bolts of grammar, syntax (sentence structure), and punctuation. For older students, special attention is given to register, tone, word choice, and rhetorical techniques (such as modes of persuasion).



Maths & Other Subjects

Every child with a learning disorder is unique. Therefore, Dr Schneider provides intervention in maths (and other subjects) that is carefully tailored to individual needs, abilities, and learning objectives. While no two programs of individual intervention will be exactly the same, the following features are common to every program of individual intervention provided by Dr Schneider:

  • It is tied to clearly articulated objectives.
  • Abstract concepts are presented after concrete and representational examples are mastered.
  • Instruction is broken into small steps, and directions and prompts are provided frequently.
  • Instruction is multi-sensory and includes various ways to acquire and demonstrate knowledge.
  • Learning is frequently assessed, and plateaus or regressions in achievement are quickly addressed.
  • There are frequent informal checks of understanding.
  • Formative feedback is offered often.
  • There are frequent opportunities for guided and independent practice.
  • Problem solving strategies and appropriate approaches to work are modeled by Dr Schneider.

Autism & Other Developmental Disabilities

Dr Schneider provides intensive, one-on-one intervention using the principles of Positive Behavioural Intervention (PBI). Dr Schneider's approach is warm, supportive, and humane. She strives for genuine connection and partnership with her students and never uses punishments or aversive techniques when working with children. Dr Schneider has post-graduate training in both functional behavioural assessment (FBA) and applied behavioural analysis (ABA), and she served as a Research Associate for three years on a grant-funded project to promote the implementation of Positive Behavioural Interventions and Supports (PBIS) in American schools. Dr Schneider offers the following services to students with autism and other developmental disabilities:

  • Functional Behavioural Assessment (FBA)
  • Positive Behavioural Intervention
  • Academic Skills Intervention
  • Reading-Language Arts Intervention
  • Parent Coaching & Support

ADD & ADHD

Dr Schneider provides psychoeducational therapy designed to help children with ADD/ADHD to improve their ability to regulate their own feelings and behavior, learn self-control, plan for and manage their school work and other responsibilities, be mindful of themselves and others, and solve problems in constructive and socially-appropriate ways.  Dr Schneider offers the following services to students with ADD and ADHD:

  • Executive Functioning Skills Intervention
  • Study Skills Intervention
  • Academic Skills Intervention
  • Positive Behavioural Intervention
  • Parent Coaching & Support

To read about Dr Schneider's qualifications to provide these services, please visit the About page.


Dr Schneider's office with conference table