by AMY LEHRER
photos by Tyler McElhaney

Creating Lifetime Changes

When Maria Bagby worked in schools as a reading specialist, she noticed students failed to reach their potential and remained in intervention programs year after year. She discovered why and opened the Therapeutic Literacy Center (TLC) to help children thrive quickly and permanently.

Traditional approaches help students compensate for their weaknesses and focus learning at the skill and content level. Even innovative programs fall short because they focus on symptoms rather than causes. At the Therapeutic Literacy Center, highly trained clinicians and educational therapists determine the causes of students’ weaknesses and address them immediately so that lifetime accommodations become unnecessary. Maria advised, “When a child is working harder than necessary, it’s time to look at why and what can be done differently and more efficiently. There is always a reason a child struggles with homework or performs poorly in school. Learning problems happen when underlying processes are not working efficiently.”

Some of the underlying processes that could be inefficient include auditory and visual processing, neuro-timing, core learning skills and integration of primitive reflexes, memory and processing speed. As many as fifty percent of those diagnosed with ADHD have auditory processing issues. And twenty-five percent of students have one of the seven types of dyslexia. Many of the underlying processes can be difficult to identify, but easy to fix. None of the deficits have to be permanent; they can be corrected with therapeutic training that enables efficient learning.

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Any child with a learning challenge is eligible for TLC services. TLC clients often include children without an identified disorder and others come with IEPs, dyslexia, ADHD, anxiety, attention, memory and processing issues, auditory processing disorder, Asperger’s and autism. Additionally, TLC has recently added some evening staff that is able to connect with families to provide one-on-one homework help for students not needing educational therapy per se, but rather some mentoring regarding how to improve their study and organizational skills.

At TLC, children are individually assessed, receive individualized one-on-one programs by qualified clinicians, have access to the latest technological advances including auditory stimulation training, audio-vocal training, PATH to reading, samonas sound therapy, in-time sound therapy, attention and focus training, interactive metronome and auditory, memory and processing stimulation.
Recently, TLC has announced the opening of an enlarged ASD Wing to meet the needs of more students on the autism spectrum. Parents of these children can expect TLC to develop memory, attention, processing skills, motor skills, body awareness, reading, language and comprehension skills.

Students love coming to TLC. The resources that TLC offers help them become successful students quickly, and that success makes them feel empowered.
What once was considered a weakness that a child had to compensate for is now believed to be something that can be significantly improved if not corrected. Students leave TLC as independent and confident learners with unlimited choices in their futures.

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Therapeutic Literacy Center At-A-Glance

TLC_LogoName of Business: Therapeutic Literacy Center, LLC
Owner: Maria Bagby, Reading Specialist, Educational Therapist
Clinical Director: Evan Story
Years in Position: 7 years doing educational cognitive training
Year of Establishment: Relocated to North County in 2013
Address: 990 Highland Dr., Suite 106-D, Solana Beach, CA 92075
Website: www.therapeuticliteracycenter.com
Email Contact: info@therapeuticliteracycenter.com
Phone: 858-481-2200
Description of Business: TLC provides cognitive training and educational therapy for students with reading, spelling and math challenges including dyslexia, ADHD and autism spectrum disorders. TLC offers before, during and after school programs and homeschool support. They are now enrolling for summer programs.
Ages Served: 4 – Adult