August 31, 2015

About Us

Offering academic tutoring and special education services to help students build self esteem through the building of skills.

timthumbIndividualized programs, proactive innovation and the most advanced technologies help our students learn important academic strategies and improve their processing so that lessons are mastered more quickly and solidly retained.

Our Encinitas Learning Center provides nurturing academic support during the school year, after school and throughout summer to help students stay current with their school and homework and learn strategies to help them be more independent and successful. Call now to learn how your child can begin getting highly customized learning support today!

Our ELC Academy (nonpublic school) provides full day instruction and extended school year (ESY) instruction on a 1:1 or small group basis for students in grades 2 – 8 with mild to moderate learning differences. The ELC Academy is one of the few schools in the nation to combine core curriculum instruction with programs such as Fast ForWord®, IM Metronome® and other such computer/technology support on a daily basis.

Our academy is directed by a speech and language pathologist offering a unique level of support to children needing more intensive assistance in the areas of expressive and receptive language!

Call today to learn how you can enroll your student in our nonpublic school or programs.
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Telephone: (760) 634-6886 or email: encinitaslearningcenter@yahoo.com

How We Started

We started the Encinitas Learning Center on June 15, 1997 because too many highly capable children were not being successful or as successful in school as they could or should be. At the Encinitas Learning Center, our goal is to help parents, students and teachers better understand the individual needs of the student so that the teacher can teach the student more effectively and the student can learn more successfully.

Crucial to any child’s academic success is an understanding
of how the child learns (orally, verbally or visually, for example), understanding the child’s learning environment, and knowing whether accommodations are needed in the school environment, presentation of material, and testing of the student’s knowledge.

For a child whose capability has not been accurately challenged, reflected, assessed or demonstrated at school, an individualized academic support program can be devised at the Encinitas Learning Center that helps teach transferrable learning strategies so that the student is not only successful at the Encinitas Learning Center but also at school in general.


General Information

The Encinitas Learning Center has been supporting students for over a decade with academic tutoring, special education services and scientifically proven technological assistance in a calm nurturing environment. Our professional staff welcomes the opportunity to work with parents, students and schools to support each student’s needs and to help each client reach his/her full potential.

Certified as a nonpublic school in March of 2009, the Encinitas Learning Center started the ELC Academy to supplement its existing educational support with a non-public private school option for students in grades 2 – 8 who have mild to moderate learning differences who need a smaller learning environment to appropriately progress. Our non-public private school is unique in that it provides 1:1 and small group instruction based upon the California State standards as well as proven technological support customized to meet a student’s individual needs. Our mission is to help each student build crucial foundational skills, develop a lifelong love of learning and establish a lasting self esteem through academic success.

  • Non-Public Agency Vendor IA-37-057
  • Non-Public School ID: CDS Code 37-68080-0119156
  • DBA File No. 1997-021623


Technological Support

The Encinitas Learning Center offers a number of different programs customized to meet each student’s individual needs and uses technology to reach, teach and support children with learning disabilities. These programs include, but are not limited to: Fast ForWord® , PACE® , Interactive Metronome® , BEST® , and others proven by scientific data to be effective tools to help build foundational skills. (See Programs & Services for more information)

Our Team:

While there are many talented persons who work with your children at the center, the below persons are the individuals primarily responsible for devising and directing the implementation of the programs. For additional staff information, please contact the Encinitas Learning Center directly at (760) 634-6886 or encinitaslearningcenter@yahoo.com.

Lynda Detweiler-Newcomb, M.A., SLP, CCC
Founder & Co-Director

Lynda earned a Master’s Degree from California State University, Northridge (take out Northridge University) and has over 30 years of experience in Communication Disorders, Auditory Processing Deficits, and Brain Training treating working memory, attention/focus, organizational skills, and timing.

  • Masters Degree – Speech & Communicative Disorders (CSU/Northridge 1973)
  • Baccalaureate – Speech (San Fernando Valley State College 1972)

Professional Certifications:

  • CA Lifetime Teaching Credential, STC 350332, Special Education (1991)
  • CA Board of Medical Quality Assurance Speech Pathologist License SP 6849 (1972)
  • Accented Speech Therapy (Dr. Lorna D. Sikorski 1994)
  • Swallowing Disorder Therapy (J. Logemann 1989)
  • American Speech & Hearing Ass’n Clinical Competence Certifications (1974)

Certifications Relating to Technology:

  • 2002 – Processing & Cognitive Enhancement (PACE) (Learning RX)
  • 2000 – IMT Certification for the Interactive Metronome
  • 1997 – FastForWordTM programs (Scientific Learning)
  • 1987- CA Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST)