How HOPE works
A visitor to a lab where students are going through the paces of the LDHope therapy would probably feel the program is a simple series of repetitive exercises. However, every item on the menu plays an essential role in producing the final product: an independent, successful student.
SENSE IT: This is the core of the menu. The four exercises incorporate multiple senses using sight, listening, speaking, and spelling to engage the student. These exercises target the initial stimulation of the word patterns, auditory discrimination, visual and auditory perception, and visual short term memory in a full integration of the senses.
DUPLICATE IT: These exercises offer time-based repetition of the word patterns presented in SENSE IT. The patterns start by moving from word analysis toward sight-word memory. Fine coordination of eye muscles are exercised for proper reading movements. Speech patterns change with correct modeling exercises.
CHOOSE IT: This builds language fluency. Word meanings become clear through context clues from sentences produced visually or with voice help.
MATCH IT: This exercise is a test of word meanings. Sensory integration occurs while hearing an auditory definition, exercising auditory memory, visually decoding word patterns, imaging the meaning, and matching that image to a definition held in auditory memory.
EDIT IT: This is a writing exercise that stresses auditory memory, sensory integration of motor skills (writing), and visual perception in writing and proofing. Endurance is exercised by moving from words, to phrases, to sentences.
RACE IT: This is a speed exercise that stresses auditory memory and visual perception with motor skills. Work to beat your time as you increase in the number of items.
MEMORY MATCH: This exercise is a memory matching game that emphasizes visual memory.
REPEAT IT: Lastly, this is a culminating exercise. It requires quick decoding of the same word patterns in the previous programs. Rapid decoding is required, leaving no time for word analysis. Endurance is exercised as the number of flashes are increased. As the flash speed becomes faster, visual perception skills become sharper.
Frequently Asked Questions
.What does LDHOPE do?
First, we identify the learning problems by finding the cause of the struggle. Then, we work to therapeutically strengthen those weak areas and build written and spoken language skills. We treat the cause, not the symptoms.
Many of our students have seen improved communication and organization, ease in studies and homework, less stress, increased confidence, and increased self-esteem.
The evaluation is administered in the comfort of your home via screenshare by our trained evaluators. The evaluation takes about an hour to an hour and a half. If necessary, it can be broken up into three segments. The test is an excellent way to identify learning strengths and weaknesses and is a very helpful tool for understanding your student's struggles whether you choose to do the therapy or not.
This test identifies the student's reading grade level, including comprehension and comfort/frustration reading levels. It addresses spelling grade level, including phonics knowledge comparison of auditory vs. visual processing. It indicates whether your student is an auditory learner or a visual learner. Detailed graphs are provided, showing the student’s immediate, short-term, and long-term memory. This shows details regarding how well the student retains information.
In most cases, a complete results packet will be sent to you within 3 business days. If the test is done at our center, you may opt to have the results sent by mail, or come back into the office for the results. Depending on results, we may suggest our Sensory Integration therapy program.
The SIT program is done on your computer with accompanying worksheets. It is done four days per week, one hour per day. It takes about nine-ten months to complete. The program takes you automatically through the exercises and moves you onto the next lesson for the next session. Our staff will keep up with your progress if you choose to send in the monthly score sheets that can be easily printed out after each lesson.
The therapy is appropriate and effective for ages 6-adult.
Yes. In most cases we will begin a basic reader on our 6-week letter identification program before starting the therapy. There is no additional charge for this extra program.
We have had more than 30 years of success with this program! We offer the program to individuals, schools, and learning centers. We hear many great things about how children are improving in all areas. You can find our comments and testimonials on our homepage.
All you need is a computer with Internet access. This program does not work with tablets or ipads. We also recommend a windows or Mac based computer as chromebook does not have the necessary processing speeds to handle the media in the program.
No, in some cases other test results may be helpful in determining where to place the individual on the therapy program. However, if you opt to do the therapy program without our testing, you waive the option to do the post-therapy test, which is normally compared to the first test for a progress report.
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