Short-Term Treatments for Students Struggling with Learning Problems
The History Behind the Creation of Physio-Neuro Therapy
In 1988, John Heath and Sally Higley, founders of Learning Technics, were like many other parents fighting to help their children learn. Despite trying everything, their two bright and eager children were struggling to learn in a traditional setting. They both knew the school system, and tutors simply weren’t enough for their children. They began to search for alternative educational methods and discovered new research that had the potential to help children with learning disabilities learn with greater ease and predictable success.
As John and Sally sought innovative ways to teach their children, they began to study and test the latest neuro-scientific research from dozens of academic disciplines, to include education, psychology, psychiatry and medicine to assist in compiling educational research. With the assistance of a program board consisting of MDs, PhDs, and occupational therapists, the materials examined and woven into John’s program derived from disciplines such as speech therapy, audiology, optical therapy, education and many others. The research and methodologies implemented in their innovative program were the products of many highly recognized leaders in their respective fields.
“My goal was to find these pieces and bring them together into a step-by-step program that would be highly effective and to make this program readily available to the many individuals and children who struggle with learning.”
–John Heath (Founder of Learning Technics)
As the components of the program were assembled and implementation took place, the initial results were not perfect, but they were substantial. They were onto something that was undeniable. This body of research came to be known as Physio-Neuro Therapy—a multi-sensory program designed to permanently correct learning struggles and help students lead successful academic and professional lives.
The Evolution of Physio-Neuro Therapy
During the initial years of Physio-Neuro Therapy (PNT), John and his board of program directors found that most students required assistance in 11 basic neurological areas. Since it’s inception, PNT has evolved and the scope of the program has expanded to include additional secondary components. Physio-Neuro Therapy now includes over 100 exercises that can be drawn upon to treat multiple learning disabilities, custom tailored to meet each student’s individualized learning requirements.
Since 1988, we have successfully enabled meaningful academic learning for over 15,000 struggling students, in both public education and the private sectors, throughout the United States and around the world. In 2006, the Learning Technics Company was invited to present its findings at an international conference on learning disabilities at the prestigious Oxford University. PNT continues to show quantifiable results as a proven means to permanently help struggling students achieve academic success.
Students using Learning Technics’ programs have consistently shown, on average, an increase of 43 SAT percentile points. Additionally, students show an average scholastic gain of two years in just six months’ time. At Learning Technics, our program turns teaching into learning. We guarantee our patented Physio-Neuro Training will help struggling students improve their ability to learn and overcome the educational roadblocks on their path to a brighter future.
What does Physio-Neuro Therapy Look Like?
Students are relieved when they realize Physio-Neuro Therapy looks nothing like traditional school work. It’s actually more similar to physical therapy, intertwined with aspects of scholastic learning. PNT includes exercises involving spelling, writing and reading, but using an entirely unique approach which strengthens the underlying processes a child needs to become a successful student.
The cognitive exercises of PNT are multisensory, which engage a number of specific mental skills simultaneously. These exercises are arranged in a step-by-step pattern. Each step is customized for the individual student. When a student masters the exercises in one level, they move on to the next level of difficulty. Each level of PNT introduces additional elements to increase the child’s natural capacity for learning. As the student moves through the various levels of mastery, PNT boosts their innate learning abilities and strengthens self-confidence. What is a mental exercise?
Physio-Neuro Therapy also works to improve attitudes and behavior through the use of life management concepts. These life management concepts (or life skills) are applied during the PNT sessions at appropriate times. Significant teaching moments occur during daily PNT sessions, cultivating an environment where the parent and child can discuss and apply these concepts to the task at hand. As time passes, the use of these concepts will begin to manifest into the student’s broader life. PNT life management concepts teach students how to articulate their needs, successfully navigate their world, and overcome the potential barriers to their success.
How does Physio-Neuro Therapy Work?
The brain is like a muscle. When you need to strengthen a muscle, you must complete exercises that require the muscle to work harder than it has in the past. As the muscle works harder, strain occurs. The body’s natural response to this stress is to develop tissue that will accommodate the strain, making it possible for the muscle to do things that it previously could not do. Our brain develops similarly. Physio-Neuro Therapy works by building neurological brain tissue in areas where inadequate growth has occurred.
Physio-Neuro Therapy instructs using the mechanics the brain employs to turn teaching into learning. It retrains the brain to process information using more efficient pathways and controls the perceptual factors to make learning easier and faster. As the brain continues to develop, old neural pathways are replaced with new efficient pathways. The brain actually grows new neurological circuits and becomes denser as new circuits are added. This improves the way that a student takes in, processes, stores and retrieves information, enabling the student to learn more effectively.
Like a muscle, with proper training, the brain can learn to perform tasks that were previously not possible. PNT promotes the growth of new neurological pathways. This process is called neuroplasticity.
How will it help my child’s learning problems?
Physio-Neuro Therapy works by building brain tissue in place where inadequate growth has occurred in the past. The brain is much like a muscle. If you want to strengthen a muscle, you would do exercises that require the muscle to work harder than it has in the past. As the strain occurs, the body will develop tissue that will accommodate the strain, thus making it possible for the muscle to do things that it previously could not do. Our brain develops in the same way.
Physio-Neuro Therapy simulates underdeveloped areas of the brain, which is the underlying cause of the learning disability, through the use of specific, targeted neurological exercises. These exercise cause new neurological tissue to develop, thus strengthening the brain and making learning much easier.
A New Approach to Treating Learning Problems
We developed IQ Express to export the learning experiences of Physio-Neuro Therapy (PNT). With the help of IQ Express and PNT, parents can help treat a variety of learning problems from the comforts of their home, to include Dyslexia, ADD/ADHD, Sensory Processing Disorders, Auditory Processing Disorders, and more.
Whether an individual is suffering from Dyslexia, ADD, ADHD Dyscalculia or Dysgraphia, this new approach can assist students in overcoming learning disabilities by concentrating on the neurological phase of learning. It involves a series of very specific-targeted physical and neurological exercises that strengthen developmentally weak areas of the brain, thus eliminating the neurological disorder that is the cause of the learning disability.
No amount of teaching will help if a student does not have the ability to efficiently turn it into learning. If we first address this processing problem then teaching can easily turn into learning.
The students we work with at Learning Technics are usually not slow or unintelligent. Most are very bright and capable people. Some are young students struggling in school. Some cannot read at all. Some are adults who want to do better at work and some are even “A” and “B” students. They all know they are working too hard to learn. Learning Technics changes that.
The Learning Technics’ program starts with an evaluation, often by a Learning Technics professional. Through this assessment, basic perceptual and processing weaknesses are discovered.
Upon completion of the evaluation you will KNOW exactly what areas need improvement and have a very clear picture of how Learning Technics will help your student find learning much easier.
Learning Technics does not teach math, reading, spelling or social studies. Physio-Neuro Therapy helps grow neuro tissue which changes the way the brain learns, making school (and life) easier and more enjoyable.
A Message From John Heath
Founder of Learning Technics
“Every day struggling students pick up their backpacks and head to school. Each day is full of trying to accomplish something they can’t accomplish or don’t understand. They constantly fail in front of their family and friends.
I saw my son struggled with learning disabilities from a young age. I know how these problems affect a child’s emotional well-being. I see this play out every day in the lives of the bright but struggling students who walk through my office doors. It has been so moving to be part of changing a child’s life forever. I love the idea that we can provide children the tools they need to lead a full and rewarding life. This is why we created Learning Technics —to help struggling students overcome their problems and lead full, rewarding lives.”