August 29, 2015


ELC Programs and Services

The Encinitas Learning Center provides a wide variety of academic, social and emotional support to help our students succeed. We strive to create positive, proactive teaching approaches by collaborating and team building with all persons committed to the student’s well being and progress. Above all, we believe that each student is an individual and that programs, supports and schooling must be individualized to best enable and empower a student. The programs and services we offer include, but are not limited to:

  • Academic Assessments
  • ADHD self regulation and awareness
  • Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) Support Programs Cognitive Retraining
  • Collaboration with School Teams and Staff
  • Developmental Testing
  • Dyslexia Testing and Therapy support
  • Educational Therapy
  • Emotional Support
  • Test Taking/Test Anxiety Reduction
  • Expressive Language (Verbal and Written)
  • Homework Help
  • IEP Support (Meeting Attendance, Development of goals, Observations)
  • Note Taking Skills
  • Organizational Skills
  • Reading (Foundational skills, Phonemic awareness/Distinction, Fluency)
  • Sensory Integration Programs
  • Screening for Learning Disabilities
  • Small Group Instruction
  • Social Skills Groups & Programs
  • Speech & Language Development
  • Summer Programs
  • Accent Reduction for Foreign Professionals
  • Brain Training: Fast ForWord®, Interactive Metronome® (IM), Processing and Cognitive Enhancement (PACE), CogMed®, and numerous other computer support programs

For more information or to schedule a meeting, please email: or call (760) 634-6886 and ask to speak with Lynda Detweiler-Newcomb, Director.

Screening :  Too many students get “lost” in the education system due to ineffective instruction. Providing our students with the correct “road map” to navigate the system successfully is one of the greatest gifts we can offer them. When working with those with learning differences, it is important to be a quality diagnostician. At ELC, we diagnose the student’s strengths & weaknesses in order to accurately target the specific areas needing remediation and prescribe the explicit instruction needed.

Our initial Cognitive Screening includes sub-tests of the six major skill groups and a rating survey for Attention. The six skill group sub-tests cover Processing Speed, Working Memory, Long Term Memory, Visual Processing, Auditory Processing, and Logic & Reasoning. Additional screenings may be necessary.

Testing: The Encinitas Learning Center provides extensive academic testing and now offers the state-of-the art Scantron Assessment Solutions computer-adaptive diagnostic test for students. While some schools are starting to use it, most do not currently have the funding available to perform this level of testing on-site. This form of testing is a helpful tool for parents and educators who wish to examine the student’s functional and academic skill levels in more detail to determine with more accuracy areas of strength and areas in need of additional support. For more information see: Scantron Performance




The Encinitas Learning Center uses a variety of different learning programs to reach and teach its students and tailors the programs to support each student’s individual needs. The below list provides only a few of the many programs used. Please write if you wish additional information about the programs listed below and other programs available.

Fast ForWord®

Founded in 1996, Scientific Learning combines the lastest advances in brain research and propriety technology to create products and services that developing learning and communication skills.

Based upon more than 30 years of neuroscience research, Scientific Learning’s Fast ForWord family of products use patented technology to target the language and reading skills widely recognized as the fundamental keys to all learning.

Scientific Learning Website
Fast ForWord Research
Fast ForWord Results

Interactive Metronome®

Interactive Metronome (IM) was developed in the early 1990s and is used to help children with learning and developmental disorders as well as adult neuro rehabilitation patients. IM is a neuro-motor assessment & treatment tool used in therapy to improve the neurological processes of motor planning and sequencing.

Interactive Metronome
Interactive Metronome Research

The IM program provides a structured, goal-oriented process that challenges the patient to synchronize a range of hand and foot exercises to a precise computer-generated reference tone heard through headphones. The patient attempts to match the rhythmic beat with repetitive motor actions. A patented auditory-visual guidance system provides immediate feedback measured in milliseconds, and a score is
provided to help parents, students and instructors gage progress.

P.A.C.E® (by LearningRx)

After 30 years of testing and clinical research, PACE for Processing and Cognitive Enhancement was launched. It is rapidly become the leading cognitive training program in the USA. Over 700 professionals in more than 350 schools, clinics, hospitals, and training locations have participated in the development, testing, and clinical use of the PACE program to date. PACE continues to collect data from offices across the country and critically reviews the results to maintain quality control.

The purpose of the intense PACE program is to produce significant changes quickly so that the student sees the changes and stays motivated to learn. These programs are customizable to each individual student’s needs, and attack the cause of learning problems rather than symptoms. Per LearningRx, average gains exceed 3.6 years in learning skills in 12 weeks and 5.2 years in reading in 18 weeks.

Learning Rx
Learning Rx Research

The Listening Program®

The Listening Program’s psycho-acoustically modified music and patent-pending production techniques are designed to stimulate, or “exercise” the different functions of the auditory processing system. This enables the brain to better receive, process, store and utilize the valuable information provided through the varied soundscapes in our lives such as music, language and the environment in which we live.

Listening Program
Listening Program News & Research




ADD/ADHD: Deficits in the area of concentration, impulsivity, energy management, completion of tasks and retention of information are often exhibited by students with ADD/ADHD. With appropriate interventions, improvement can often can be seen and measured quickly. Programs such as FastForword® and Samonas®, Interactive Metronome® or the Learning Ears® program can help to calm implulses and essentially retrain a person who has such deficits.

ADD/ADHD can also result from an undiagnosed auditory processing issue (see below). A screening for auditory processing problems can help professionals to better understand a student’s struggles and devise an individualized plan to get the best results.

Auditory Processing: Auditory processing is the ability to hear individual sounds within words (c-a-t), hold the sound of a word in order to compare it to another word (“cat” versus “cad”), and discern whether the two words are the same or different. Traditional hearing tests may indicate that a student’s hearing is “within normal limits” but hearing and being able to discern what is heard can be two different things for someone with an auditory processing deficit. For example, if your child has troubles following verbal instructions at home or school, or sometimes mixes up words that he or she has heard, testing for the deficit may be warranted.

Dyslexia: Dyslexia is a term widely used to describe learning disabilities of all kinds. Commonly, dyslexia is used to describe visual processing disorders and reading difficulties. Programs such as Fast Forword® and PACE®, when coupled with phonemic awareness intervention and California Project Read and Guided Writing Programs, can make a huge improvement in classroom or workplace performance. A screening for auditory processing problems can also help to rule out any auditory problems that may need to be addressed. In any case, an individualized program applied in a professional setting is extremely effective whether applying one technology or a combination of technologies.

We are here to support you! We have parent resources and live, online tutoring options from our expert staff. Call Lynda DETWEILER for more information 760-634-6886