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TOMI PROFILE

The results of the TOMI generate a profile showing which components of intelligence are well developed and which are holding back the ability to learn.

What is the Learn To Learn Program?

The Learn To Learn Programs include both computer-based exercises and physical sensory-motor activities that target, stimulate and challenge the learning areas of the brain. Increasing these learning areas will improve the ability to learn, unleashing the potential locked inside so many students. The program can be done in our center, at your home, or in an afterschool program.

How is the Learn to Learn Program different from other learning programs?

The Learn to Learn Program uses the science of neuroplasticity to permanently improve the brain's ability to learn. Learn to Learn does NOT teach learning strategies or use bio-feedback instruments. The Learn to Learn Program works because it uses a two-layered approach that focuses on improving fundamental brain circuitry. These two layers are sensory motor skills (audio, visual, balance) and cognitive skills (specialized brain circuitry that is responsible for memory, cognition, evaluation, and problem solving skills). Both areas of the brain must be targeted to promote permanent neuronal growth. When these areas are fully integrated, a student's ability to learn any subject increases.

How is Learn to Learn different from tutoring?

Tutoring helps a student learn content such as math or science through repetitive exercises or different presentation approaches. Learn to Learn addresses the root problem of why the brain is unable to grasp the concepts of math or science. Most parents find it highly advantageous to fix these brain circuitry issues first and then consider if tutoring is necessary to help the student catch up to their classmates.

What is the TOMI?

TOMI is the Test Of Multiple Intelligences. It is a computer-based assessment that checks the development of the fourteen cognitive areas of the brain found to be the most vital for success in school. The result is a profile showing the relative development of the fourteen areas. The underdeveloped areas are then targeted by Learning Exercises.

What are Learning Exercises?

The Learning Exercises are fun computer-based exercises that most students equate to playing computer games. They are carefully designed through years of research to target, stimulate and challenge the key cognitive skills used in learning.

What is SMIL?

The SMIL (Sensory Motor Integration Lab) consists of physical activities that target, stimulate and challenge balance, eye tracking, auditory processing and coordination of the two hemispheres of the brain. These fundamental skills are the building blocks of learning.

How long does the program take to complete?

For most situations, in-center students attend twice a week for approximately four months. (Younger children and special cases may choose to extend their sessions.) For those outside the reach of a Center, a Home Program is available that parents can deliver without special training. Assuming dilligent use several times per week, good results can be achieved in the same four month period.

How is the program used to define labels such as "ADD" and ADHD"?

The SAMIE and TOMI are never used to label a person as "ADD", "ADHD" or "Gifted". Instead, the results create a map of where additional brain skill development is necessary.

What is a Learning Analysis or Full Evaluation?

Because we now know that everyone has a unique mix of developed and underdeveloped intelligences, or cognitive abilities, no standard single IQ or achievement test adequately assesses all individual abilities. Learn to Learn utilizes a series of assessment tools to identify and measure an individual's unique set of intelligences. This is done in person with a trained Learn To Learn staff member.

What happens during a Learning Analysis or Full Evaluation?

In-center assessments include both cognitive and sensory motor evaluations. This helps determine how well the foundational sensory motor components of the brain are working with the higher-level cognitive areas. A Learning Analysis uses the full TOMI and checks key sensory motor areas. The Full Evaluation also uses the TOMI and adds a comprehensive sensory motor assessment called the SAMIE (Sensory And Motor Integration Evaluation).

What are the benefits of a Full Evaluation?

If a Full Evaluation is performed in a Learn To Learn Center, the Center staff will conduct a broader range of sensory motor tests and then sit with the parents and thoroughly review the results. Many parents have found the answers to the questions that have been worrying them for years. Questions like "Why can't she read at grade level after a year of tutoring?" "Why is he so good in math but can't stay focused on homework?", "Why does he wiggle and act out at school? He's fine at home." The assessment can answer these questions and many more like them by finding the specific areas of the brain that are underdeveloped.

What is the next step after the Evaluation?

After the evaluation families can choose the next best step for their student. In Center and Home Program options are available to meet specific needs. It is possible that a medical issue is uncovered and you would then be referred to a specialist.

Will my son or daughter grow out of their learning struggles as they mature?

Unfortunately time does not heal fundamental brain integration issues. Students can learn to compensate in other areas and work hard to complete their school work, but the underlying problems do not go away. Integration issues can stop a student from graduating from high school if passing a standardized test is required. Low SAT scores can deny a student college entrance or derail sports scholarships.

Is financing available?

Yes. Financing is available for families through Fairwinds Credit Union. Contact the Learn To Learn team for details.

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