Dyslexia

Classes 4 to 5

Is a learning disorder characterized by difficulties in word recognition, spelling and decoding. Individuals with dyslexia may benefit from both occupational and speech therapy. Speech therapists provide intervention through phonological awareness whereas occupational therapists address written expression in handwriting, visual perception, and environmental adaptions. 

Dysgraphia

Classes 6 to 8

Dysgraphia is a disorder of written expression. Individuals with Dysgraphia may have difficulty with writing regardless of their ability to read. Occupational Therapists address dysgraphia with sensory and visual motor strategies. OTs may also provide classroom adaptions and compensatory techniques. 

Reading Comprehension Deficits

Classes 1 to 3

Are often rooted in phonlogical delays, deficits in word recognition or difficulties with receptive langauge. Our Speech Pathologists target reading comprehension difficulties through the use of compensatory strategies. Occupational Therapy may address reading as it relates to attention deficits and/or executive functioning. 

Attention Deficit Disorder (ADHD)

Classes 9 to 12

ADHD is not a learning disability but it does affect an individuals ability to learn. ADHD impacts executive functions within the brain such as sustained attention, working memory, task initiation, and frustration tolerance. Occupational Therapists use cognitive training, address organizational skills, and strengthen gross motor and fine-motor skills to improve independence in everyday occupations.