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INTENSE SESSIONS

       VIP is intense and one-on-one. One-on-one therapy is extremely important, especially when you consider that a child in public education in the U.S. gets an average of six and a half hours of one-on-one instruction over 13 years. VIP provides 50-70 hours over 10 weeks.

      The are two reasons for one-on-one therapy. The first is feedback. When the child does something correctly, he or she is praised. When the child makes an error, he or she is made aware so that it can be corrected. Immediate feedback allows faster learning. The second reason is sequencing. This means that the program is personalized to the child's deficiencies and needs. If the task is too difficult, the child will become frustrated. If the task is too easy, the child will become bored. So the therapist designs the task to be challenging, and then increases the demand of the task to force the deficient skills to improve. It's very intense, but the children love intensity. Think of the hours that they spend playing video games. Those games are based on sequencing and immediate feedback.

 

INTEGRATIVE THERAPY

      The primary cause of poor learning is that too many learning skills that should be subconscious (automatic) are not. For example: a fluent reader does not sound out words or pause to think of their meaning. These skills should be automatic - if they aren't, comprehension suffers. The child who has to consciously work at sounding out letters and blending those sounds, uses all of his or her effort on the ACT of reading. This means that there isn't enough left over to comprehend the IDEAS that were read. Therefore, understanding and memory suffer. The goal of VIP is to refine and improve poor or non-existant skills through a series of therapy procedures. These procedures help those skills that should be subconscious to become so. Then, the conscious mind can concentrate on comprehending, remembering, an understanding. To improve a skill, the skill must first brought from the unconscious level (where all habitual skills are) to the conscious level. Then, as the skill is refined, it is forced back to the subconscious level with integrative therapy so the child can perform better. A child that does not have to  think about the act of reading is a much better reader.