Learning Differences at Learnlife
Learnlife believes that, through close collaboration and cooperation with families, learners with social, emotional and/or learning needs can grow and excel within the Learnlife community. This type of collaboration requires families, the learning team and learning specialists to develop a constructive and transparent working relationship that benefits a learner’s growth and evolution. In turn, all learners are encouraged to take increasing responsibility for their growth, assuming a proactive position at the center of their own development.
While the needs of most learners can be met successfully by Learnlife’s learning team and its innovative use of spaces and multiple methodologies, some learners will require extra support from either external specialists or the Learnlife deep learning program. In most cases, identifying the need for extra support occurs during the intake process, which includes the participation of a Learnlife deep learning specialist to help produce a strategic learning plan. At this point, Learnlife informs families of any additional costs associated with the extra support.
On rare occasions, a need for extra support arises after intake. On these occasions, families, learning guides and learning specialists are called to a meeting to discuss observations, seek professional evaluations and create a strategic learning plan with the learner in question. If extra support is required at this point, families will be required to assume any associated extra costs.
Generally, Learnlife offers two kinds of extra support for learners: 1) Targeted Support to boost a skill, skill set or competency; 2) Intensive Support for more extensive work in the overall area of learning. This support is often 1 to 1.
A range of data sources can be used to establish whether a learner will benefit from targeted support. Most often learners who receive extra support, either through the ‘push in’ or ‘pull out’ model, make the expected gains. At this point, the extra support can be discontinued while progress is observed. In rare cases where learners do not make the expected progress, further evaluation and data collection is usually recommended. These learners tend to move into the Intensive Support program.
The Intensive Support program at Learnlife provides learners with identified learning differences the full support they require to reach their potential. Intensive support is provided to learners of all ages whose needs are better met through coordinated interventions and strategies. Families, learning guides and deep learning specialists work collaboratively to determine the structure and strategies necessary for the learner to grow and develop. Learners eligible for Intensive Support will have a Personal Learning Plan (PLP), which outlines any necessary accommodations the learner may require as well as specific goal areas the learner is working on. PLPs are reviewed semi-annually. The model of extra support here is primarily a ‘push-in’ model conducted by the learning guides and deep learning specialists. At times, it is necessary for learners to work in a small group or 1 to 1 with a specialist.