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Unique Program Offers Multidisciplinary Approach to Helping Children with Learning Challenges and Disabilities

Acccording to the National Institutes of Health, research shows that eight to 10 percent of American children under 18 years of age have some type of learning disability. In its continued efforts to help children overcome their language and learning difficulties, Casa Colina Centers for Rehabilitation recently announced the opening of its new Casa Colina Learning & Language Center.

Cindy Sendor, MA, SLP and Director of Children's Services at Casa Colina Centers for Rehabilitation leads a team of licensed neuropsychologists, speech language pathologists, occupational therapists and special educators who provide children ages five and older, and their families with specific interventions and strategies to help them identify and overcome their learning challenges. The Center's team meets regularly and collaborates with parents, public and private educators, and referring physicians to address the student's critical needs and monitor progress. 

"We have created a unique center that is unlike other tutoring programs or learning centers in southern California," explained Sendor. "By providing children both a warm and enriching environment, as well as the latest diagnostic and treatment technology, they have an opportunity to do more than find the answer to a math or reading problem. Here, they learn how their own mind works best."

Learning disabilities fall into two categories - speech/language disorders and academic/cognitive disorders. Casa Colina's Learning & Language Center provides essential treatment options to help children with nearly any type of learning challenge. If a child has not already had a comprehensive evaluation, he or she will receive a 45-minute screening from a licensed neuropsychologist. Depending upon the results, a specialist will conduct highly detailed evaluations and develop a customized educational plan with strategies to help each child develop new strengths. As a result, students will learn more effectively and become more confident in the classroom.

Casa Colina's Learning & Language Center provides a number of services to support each child's unique learning needs. In addition to one-on-one tutoring, small groups for areas that include handwriting, attention training and homework success are offered. The Center also provides the latest technology to treat children. This includes specialized computer software, the Fast ForWord® Learning Program, and the Interactive Metronome System.

"While almost three million children in the U.S. receive special education services through the public school system, we know that at least that same number of students suffer from some level of learning and language difficulty that may be undiagnosed," said Sendor. "By utilizing our skilled professionals and advanced technology to provide children with comprehensive evaluations and interventions, we can accurately determine the cause of their learning difficulties, develop a customized plan for how to best overcome them, and facilitate achievement."

The Casa Colina Learning & Language Center is a cash-based program and, in some cases, insurance may provide coverage. Payment plans are available. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call Casa Colina Children's Services at (909) 596-7733 ext. 4200.