Interventions for Learning

Once the way in which a person learns is better understood, the psychologists at Red Ladder Optimized Learning are generally in a better position to provide focused interventions aimed at optimizing a clientʼs situation at school, at home, and elsewhere. Here are examples of common interventions following from evaluation.

Individual counseling and coaching, or psychotherapy: During treatment, a psychologist works to help a client or patient to understand his or her challenges more fully, and to make best possible use of strengths to compensate for challenges.

Family Therapy or Parent Consultation are often invaluable parts of helping children and teens. Parents learn how best to support their children at home and how to communicate with their child's school most effectively at school and advocate positively for their child. Group-based treatment for children, teens, and their parents may be helpful for such issues as Coping with Anxiety, Managing ADHD, Improving Self Esteem, Managing Anger, Building Organizational Skills, Managing Stress.

Referrals: Where appropriate, we provide referrals to occupational therapists, reading clinicians, speech and language clinicians, audiologists, optometrists, tutors, and physicians. Consultation: It is sometimes helpful for us to provide information about a clientʼs situation to a school, workplace, or government body, with the client's permission. Information may relate to the personʼs needing special support in school, for example, or a health benefit from an insurer, or our opinion may be relevant to a disability claim.

Academic and Test Accommodations may be required for Elementary through High School students, or in College and University. A personʼs learning style may require accommodations for Professional Examinations (e.g. LSAT, MCAT).

Learning Disabilities and Adulthood

It is never too late to get help for learning disabilities. Testing specialists are available for people of all ages, and assistance is available for every stage of life. Taking the initiative to seek out support and services is the first step in dealing learning disabilities. Many adults (some of whom are unaware of their LDs) have developed ways to cope with their difficulties and are able to lead successful lives. LDs shouldn't hinder a person from attaining goals. Regardless of the situation, understanding the specific challenges and learning strategies to deal with LDs directly at every stage can alleviate a lot of frustration and make successful living much easier.

Depending on the type of learning disability and its severity, as well as the person's age, different kinds of assistance can be provided. Each type of strategy should be considered when planning instructions and support at a school or in the workplace. Finding the most beneficial type of support is a process of trying different ideas and openly exchanging thoughts on what works best. Under the Charter of Rights and Freedom and Human Rights Acts of individual provinces and territories, people of all ages with LDs are protected against discrimination and have a right to different forms of assistance in the classroom and workplace.