“Optimal learning happens when a teacher addresses a child’s specific learning strengths and needs, and finds ways of integrating learning how to learn into every lesson without sacrificing the content of the lesson itself.”
The integration of School and Clinic is one of our most important differences and our greatest strength. The two entities integrate experiences garnered on both sides of the educational blackboard: the perspective of multisensory educational practices in the classroom, and the perspective of clinical research into the brain’s learning processes.
Each child is evaluated at The Lewis Clinic as part of the admissions process. Nationally normed, standardized tests are integrated with other perceptual motor, and expressive-receptive speech and language testing. Additional tests include, among others, assessment of short-term and active working memory systems, lateral dominance preferences, directionality of pencil performance, and visual-motor and auditory-motor integration. Test results are scored by hand and error types – and the reasons for them – are analyzed.
Though it is part of the admissions process to The Lewis School, the educational evaluation is also offered to anyone who wishes to understand his or her learning profile, language processing skills, areas of strengths and areas for improvement.
The Clinic also offers educational opportunities and professional development to teachers, parents, and the community. A monthly lecture series is provided on various Topics and Trends in Education. Each lecture is followed by an interactive panel discussion, where questions, differing opinions and stories are shared. The hope of this lecture series is to start conversation and provide yet another perspective on complex topics that have an impact on children’s learning. The director of The Lewis Clinic also writes a monthly blog on these topics, which she titles Thinking Differently.