This course introduces and develops the foundational methodology for training students in the "how to learn", using the first level of NILD Educational Therapy techniques. The techniques focus on strengthening and moulding the student’s current cognitive systems to greater efficiency.
Course Instructor: Mrs Lalitha Ramanujan Venue: Outside Chennai

Three learning components are addressed during this course:

Philosophy
  • The underlying premise of NILD instruction is the theoretical position that every learner can improve in cognitive, academic, perceptual and emotional functioning.
Assessment
  • A combination of psychological and educational assessments reveal patterns of cognitive strengths and weaknesses. Informal tests are used to support and clarify student profiles.
Intervention
  • Specific intervention is designed to address particular learning needs with the intention of targeting and developing areas of cognitive vulnerability.
Objectives

This course will equip the educational therapist to:

  • Identify and assess a student’s learning needs
  • Create and implement educational therapy plans utilizing the NILD techniques that enable students to succeed in the classroom and in life
Upon successful completion of this course, the educational therapist should be able to:
  • Demonstrate an understanding of NILD philosophy and methodology
  • Understand the comprehensive approach that develops learning through perception, academics, cognition and emotions
  • Explain the differences between NILD methodology and tutoring
  • Understand how reading, spelling and math can be impacted by improving cognitive functioning
  • Identify learning challenges and apply specific tools to develop and enhance thinking skills
  • Design an educational therapy program according to the strengths and vulnerabilities determined by assessment and implement an effective intervention program
  • Begin to assess students annually
  • Develop literacy skills in the areas of phonemic awareness, phonics and syllabication
  • NILD LEVEL 2 and 3 courses are available for successful participants and practising therapists of NILD LEVEL 1.
Each of the NILD LEVEL 2 and 3 courses take place over 5 weeks.
The Instrumental Enrichment Basic (FIE-B) course is a series of tasks designed to help young children from pre-Kindergarten through early primary to develop basic global concepts, increase cognitive functioning and increase social behavioural and emotional areas.
Course Instructor : Mrs Lalitha Ramanujan
Venue: Delhi

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The program provides a rich context for the development of cognitive and meta-cognitive structures. Focused on mediated learning, the aim is to improve a student’s social adaptability that impacts real-life problem solving skills in the long run

The FIE-B programme provides children with a jumpstart to learning. It prepares them for school readiness and is designed to reduce the chance of placement in special education.

Feuerstein’s IE Basic Level program is aimed at younger children. The activities and tasks provide an environment for the child to explore the operations of comparison, orientation in space, analysis of geometric shapes, numerical skills and understanding emotions. The program also prepares the child for the Standard level program that takes the learner to higher levels of mental processing and cognitive functioning.

Feuerstein Institute’s Instrumental Enrichment (IE) tools are designed to enhance an individual’s learning and thinking strategies. It is specifically designed to modify the cognitive structure of a child.
Course Instructor : Mrs Lalitha Ramanujan
Venue, Senior School, Alpha to Omega, Chennai

Intensive intervention using this program is extremely effective in correcting deficient cognitive functions and enhancing the individual’s capacity to learn effectively, whether in formal or informal learning situations.

The crucial aspect of IE is in the teaching method. It is not instructional but based on mediation. The process of an IE session involves a trained Feuerstein mediator leading the learner gradually (whether in a classroom or in a one-on-one session) through increasingly complex cognitive problems and working together with them in analysing, breaking down and discussing ways in which the problems could be solved. The continued level of mediation allows IE to be modified as the child develops and as the child’s progress is monitored.

The IE programs prepare the young learner with verbal and conceptual tools, spatial and temporal concepts and representational activities. The student learns the process of reflective thinking and develops internal motivation. The program develops the learner’s feelings as a generator of information rather than a passive reproducer of information.

Feuerstein’s IE Standard level program is for older children.. The program is based on paper and pencil exercises that gradually increase in levels of difficulty and abstraction. Each set of instruments of the program focuses on specific cognitive areas such as analytic perception, comparison and classification. They may also include verbal, mathematical, logical and emotional skills. This program is focused on developing strategies for problem solving and analytical reasoning that a learner can carry on through the rest of their lives.

Alpha to Omega in collaboration with NILD (National Institute for Learning Development) brings to you “SEARCH AND TEACH”.


Dates for Training
9th,10th and 11th March,2018 in Chennai

Together they are a powerful pair

“The strength of SEARCH & TEACH is in early intervention. This twofold approach offers educators an effective tool for catching learning disorders at the beginning of a child’s academic career, before the downward spiral of failure begins. With proper and timely identification and intervention, many children can be spared the lifelong consequences of learning disorders.”

Search

is a 20-minute individual test designed to identify 5 and 6 year olds vulnerable to learning difficulty. The test content is designed to survey perceptual and neuropsychological functions basic to learning. It provides profiles of individual strengths and weaknesses in the foundational skills necessary for reading success. SEARCH provides a total score to assess vulnerability to educational failure. It has further power in offering clues as to clinical diagnoses as obtained in intensive psychiatric and neurological studies of individual children.

Teach

is a resource book of instructional tasks designed to mesh with the SEARCH profile of assets and deficits. These targeted perceptual simulations (SEARCH) relate directly to deficits uncovered by SEARCH and verified by a multidisciplinary assessment. TEACH, a program of 55 learning tasks, was carefully developed and tested during a four-year investigation of pre-reading skills to address the needs revealed by SEARCH. It is an individualized program, but does allow for some small group work of review activities with children of similar needs.

Rx 4, Discovery Math course is designed to train teachers to provide Math intervention in a group setting especially for students in grade K to 5.



Course Dates : 13th and 14th March, 2018
Venue: Chennai

The programme aims to build number sense, math fluency, vocabulary and problem solving strategies. Hands on research based activities will be used in this dynamic intervention with mediation which will strengthen the basic math concepts and enhance the students thinking and problem solving skills; all this in an environment where anxiety is minimized and thinking is maximized.

Course Objective

On successful completion of this course the participant will better understand the students’ needs in math and can help strengthen their skills.

Course Requirements
  • Prerequisite: none
  • Pre-course Preparation: Read articles provided as pre-course material.
  • Course Activities: The participants acquire an understanding of number sense and the skills to be effective mediators
Course workload and Evaluation

Seven to Eight hours to prepare the pre course assignment and evaluation will be based on the demonstration of the participants.

Purpose

To encourage the students’ understanding of numbers and to enhance the students’ competence in solving problems.

Goals

Students will develop the necessary cognitive functions to effectively improve the mathematical skills.

Materials Required

‘Coming to Know Number, 2nd Ed.: A Mathematics Activity Resource for Elementary School Teachers’ by Grayson H. Wheatly & Anne M. Reynolds

For further details and enrollment contact-
Alpha to Omega Learning Centre
044-26443090, 044-26476257 ,044-67458218
e-mail: atolctraining@gmail.com website: www.alphatoomega.org

This is a lecture and practicum course designed to give developing educational therapists continued training in accordance with the NILD intervention model. Three broad topics are addressed in the Level II course
Course Instructor: Mrs Lalitha Ramanujan
Venue: Alpha to Omega , Chennai

Three learning components are addressed during this course:

Philosophy
  • The development of oral language through the processes of mediation and effective questioning in order to promote higher order thinking skills.
Assessment
  • Further instruction in interpretation of initial assessment and annual test reporting.
Intervention
  • Review of Level 1 techniques and instruction in Level II techniques leading to further student improvement and increased ability for educational therapists to identify cognitive functions.
Objectives

Successful completion of this course will build upon prior knowledge and equip the educational therapist to more effectively implement NILD techniques.

    Upon successful completion of this course, the educational therapist should be able to:
    • Demonstrate the ability to question students effectively
    • Demonstrate a beginning understanding of mediated learning
    • Interpret test results with emphasis upon prescribing an appropriate individualized program
    • Demonstrate proficiency in Level 1 techniques and a working knowledge of Level 2 techniques
    • Develop skills of pacing, transitions and bridging
    • Continue to improve understanding of cognitive functions
    Pre-requisite

    Successful completion of NILD Level I. Minimum educational therapy student contact of one year and 100 hours.

    • NILD LEVEL 3 courses are available for successful participants and practising therapists of NILD LEVEL 2.

    Course Details
    Online : 6th November to 30th November, 2017

    Residency : 4th December to 8th December, 2017

    The course offers an intensive and comprehensive introduction to Specific Learning Difference. The participants will be taught how to use the multi-sensory teaching approaches, strategies for reading, comprehension and writing and to deal with social and emotional needs of children with Specific Learning Disabilities.
    Course Instructor : Mrs Lalitha Ranmanujan
    Venue: Senior School, Chennai

    Description

    This is a five-week long course. There will be theory, practical and workshop sessions. Practical sessions include the following:

    • Observation
    • Guided and independent teaching
    • Journal
    • Assignments and Case Studies
    • Making Educational Aids
    Course Overview
    • Introduction and characteristics of SLD
    • Informal Assessments
    • Multi-sensory Teaching Approach
    • Lesson Planning
    • Early Intervention for Preschoolers and Perceptual activities
    • Parenting
    • Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder
    • Epilepsy and LD
    • Dyslexia
    • Dyspraxia
    • Frames of Diagnosis
    • Reading and Reading Comprehension
    • Word Mapping Strategy
    • Fundamentals in Paraphrasing and Summarizing Strategy
    • Vocabulary and Language Development
    • Fundamentals In Sentence Writing Strategy
    • Instructional Math Strategies
    • Brain Gym, Learning Styles
    • Effective Communication
    • Lesson Organizer
    • Concept Mastery
    • Sensory Integration
    • Proficiency in Sentence Writing Strategy
    • Survey Routine
    The course is for teachers and pedagogy, educators, teachers, psychologists, speech / language therapists and parents who work with children, adolescents and adults, with a level of functionality at 9+ years. The course enables participants to help children and young people with learning difficulties to train their cognitive skills.

    Course Instructor: Mrs Lalitha Ramanujan
    Venue : Alpha to Omega, Chennai

    The course is for teachers and pedagogy, educators, teachers, psychologists, speech / language therapists and parents who work with children, adolescents and adults, with a level of functionality at 9+ years. The course enables participants to help children and young people with learning difficulties to train their cognitive skills.

    Teaching language is easily understood English and coach is one of The Feuerstein Institute’s experienced and professional teachers.

    Participation in FIE Standard 2 of 3 requires certification in FIE Standard first

    Course content:

    · Introduction to the theory of Mediated Learning Experience,

    · Analysis of cognitive functions in typically developing people and people with special needs,

    · Criteria and principles of mediation,

    · Objectives and milestones for clinical and student use of the FIE program

    · FIE lesson planning and preparation of bridge-building exercises,

    Comprehensive instructions for the use of the 5 instruments: Categorization, Illustrations, Temporal relationships Familiar relationships and Instructions

    The course is for teachers and pedagogy, educators, teachers, psychologists, speech / language educators, parents and other professionals who work with young children in the age group 4-9 years and / or with children, young people and adults with very low functional ability.

    Course Instructor : Mrs Lalitha Ramanujan
    Venue: Alpha to Omega, Chennai

    The course is for teachers and pedagogy, educators, teachers, psychologists, speech / language educators, parents and other professionals who work with young children in the age group 4-9 years and / or with children, young people and adults with very low functional. Participants are encouraged to read more of the theoretical material on the Feuerstein Institute’s website here , or in “Creating and Enhancing Cognitive Modifiability: The Feuerstein Instrumental Enrichment Program, Feuerstein, R. et al (2006).

    Course content:

    • Theories of development
    • Introduction to the theory of Mediated Learning Experience
    • Analysis of emerging cognitive functions in children in both normal and exceptional levels of development
    • Criteria and principles of mediation
    • Goals and targets for clinical and student use of FIE Basic program
    • IE Basic lesson planning and preparation of “bridge-building” exercises
    • Comprehensive instruction in the use of the following FIE Basic instruments: Orientation in room 2, from empathy to handlingn ternary awareness training, Know and identify

    Læs mere: http://www.feuersteinscandinavia.com/kurser/fie-basic-2-af-3/

    The Instrumental Enrichment Basic (FIE-B) course is a series of tasks designed to help young children from pre-Kindergarten through early primary to develop basic global concepts, increase cognitive functioning and increase social behavioural and emotional areas.

    Course Instructor : Mrs Payal Prem
    Venue: Alpha to Omega Senior School, Chennai

    The program provides a rich context for the development of cognitive and meta-cognitive structures. Focused on mediated learning, the aim is to improve a student’s social adaptability that impacts real-life problem solving skills in the long run

    The FIE-B programme provides children with a jumpstart to learning. It prepares them for school readiness and is designed to reduce the chance of placement in special education.

    Feuerstein’s IE Basic Level program is aimed at younger children. The activities and tasks provide an environment for the child to explore the operations of comparison, orientation in space, analysis of geometric shapes, numerical skills and understanding emotions. The program also prepares the child for the Standard level program that takes the learner to higher levels of mental processing and cognitive functioning.

    This course introduces and develops the foundational methodology for training students in the "how to learn", using the first level of NILD Educational Therapy techniques. The techniques focus on strengthening and moulding the student’s current cognitive systems to greater efficiency.
    Course Instructor: Mrs Lalitha Ramanujan Venue: Senior School. Alpha to Omega , Chennai

    Three learning components are addressed during this course:

    Philosophy
    • The underlying premise of NILD instruction is the theoretical position that every learner can improve in cognitive, academic, perceptual and emotional functioning.
    Assessment
    • A combination of psychological and educational assessments reveal patterns of cognitive strengths and weaknesses. Informal tests are used to support and clarify student profiles.
    Intervention
    • Specific intervention is designed to address particular learning needs with the intention of targeting and developing areas of cognitive vulnerability.
    Objectives

    This course will equip the educational therapist to:

    • Identify and assess a student’s learning needs
    • Create and implement educational therapy plans utilizing the NILD techniques that enable students to succeed in the classroom and in life
    Upon successful completion of this course, the educational therapist should be able to:
    • Demonstrate an understanding of NILD philosophy and methodology
    • Understand the comprehensive approach that develops learning through perception, academics, cognition and emotions
    • Explain the differences between NILD methodology and tutoring
    • Understand how reading, spelling and math can be impacted by improving cognitive functioning
    • Identify learning challenges and apply specific tools to develop and enhance thinking skills
    • Design an educational therapy program according to the strengths and vulnerabilities determined by assessment and implement an effective intervention program
    • Begin to assess students annually
    • Develop literacy skills in the areas of phonemic awareness, phonics and syllabication
    • NILD LEVEL 2 and 3 courses are available for successful participants and practising therapists of NILD LEVEL 1.
    Each of the NILD LEVEL 2 and 3 courses take place over 5 weeks.
    Here is an opportunity for the existing I.E mediators to enhance their skills and tools in the art of mediation.
    Instrumental Enrichment Level III focuses to build upon the current knowledge of Mediation and to learn the remaining Feuerstein Instruments.

    Course Instructor : Mrs. Lalitha Ramanujan
    Venue: Senior School, Alpha to Omega, Chennai
    The participants will be taught Informal Assessment which will help them to start suitable intervention for the child.
    The participants will be taught how to use the multi- sensory teaching approaches which is an Alpha to Omega approach, Kansas strategies for reading, comprehension and writing.

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