We are a multidisciplinary educational institution in San Diego, California serving the North County cities of Encinitas, Carlsbad, San Marcos, Escondido and Vista with a new location in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. We offer tutoring/coaching for most subjects and all grades and specialize in serving children with learning disabilities. In partnership with the Carlsbad Education Foundation and the San Marcos High School Parent Teacher Organization, we offer SAT Preparation Courses. Individual coaching is also available for both the SAT and the ACT.
Almost half the children with reading disabilities have visual problems. These may be problems of focusing the eyes on one point (convergence) or following the text (tracking). Some children have not developed eye dominance and involuntary change of dominant eye while reading causes the text to jump. These children are usually farsighted. They often get tired and loose concentration after having read for a while and their eyes may smart and itch. Since the reading process is not automatic it demands their full attention, preventing them from understanding what they have read. Dr. Chris Thomas is our resident Behavioral Optometrist.
Chris Thomas, OD Dr. Chris Thomas is a graduate of Southern College of Optometry. He is a member of The American Optometric Association (AOA), Colorado Optometric Association (COA) and College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD)
Elements of Comprehensive Health Programs, 2006
"National PTA recognizes:
Early diagnosis and treatment of children's vision problems is a necessary component to school readiness and academic learning; and that vision screening is not a substitute for a complete eye and vision evaluation by an eye doctor. Comprehensive eye and vision examinations by an optometrist or ophthalmologist are important for all children first entering school and regularly throughout their school-aged years to ensure healthy eyes and adequate vision skills essential for successful academic achievement;"
Primitive reflexes are automatic stereotyped movement patterns that are outside voluntary control and direct the movements of the foetus and of the infant during the first months of life. Before an infant learns to walk it spends a lot of its time making rhythmical baby movements according to inborn directions. These movements help the infant to integrate its primitive reflexes and the baby must learn to master a considerable amount of movement patterns before it is ready to crawl or walk. At the age of three the primitive reflexes should be fully integrated and no longer interfere with movements. In some children , a greater or smaller amount of primitive reflexes remain active, which can be caused by the children having omitted some of these rhythmic baby movements or not having done them sufficiently. Non integrated primitive reflexes can cause problems with fine and gross motor skill, with vision, hearing and/or articulation and language.
Several primitive reflexes are important for reading and writing, among others the asymmetric tonic neck reflex (ATNR), the symmetric tonic neck reflex (STNR), the grasp reflex and the palmomental reflex.
Based on our assessment tools, feedback from the student, parent(s), teachers, and other professionals, we create an individualized education plan for each student. Furthermore, all teachers are trained at It's Academic and work only on a one to one basis with students.
Given that our specialty area is school performance issues, public and private schools avail themselves of our consultation services.
Another critical component of It's Academic is the Director. He has his Ph.D. in special education and is on the faculty at San Diego State University in the Department of Special Education. He directly supervises all programs served by dedicated and credentialed teachers.
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We wish to see the trees, the tree.
The child, not the human race. -----Y. Amichai
The It's Academic Staff
1615 South Rancho Santa Fe Road (map)
Suite A and B
San Marcos, California 92078
Fax: 760- 481-7440