Dr. Whitfield uses a wide variety of strategies that are chosen specifically to meet your child’s needs.
A few terms and strategies you may want to familiarize yourself with:
- Metacognition: Metacognition refers to one’s knowledge about one’s own cognitive processes or anything related to them. An example would be knowing that I have more trouble learning A than B, or that C seems wrong to me so I should double-check it before moving onward. Dr.Whitfield uses metacognitive strategies to teach students how to think about their thinking, and how to understand how they learn best. It is an inquiry process where students get to know their own brain, what works for them and what doesn’t work.Once they understand this,they are able to meet a variety of learning challenges and become an advocate for themselves at school.
- Executive Functioning (EF): EF is closely related to ADHD. It is often explained as having a conductor in your brain who orchestrates what is going on and directs how it needs to happen. It keeps everything running smoothly. If not, you may have trouble with goal-setting, task oriented behavior, staying on track, planning, staying motivated, or shifting from one task to another. It is not related to how smart you are, although it has an impact on academic success.
- Multisensory Structured Language Instruction (MSLI): MSLI uses multiple senses to teach kids with learning disabilities: Visual, Auditory, Kinesthetic and Tactile (VAKT), resulting in better reading comprehension, better spelling, and stronger writing skills.
- Cognitive Rehabilitation: Simply put, if you bust up your shoulder you go to a doctor. If you have a brain injury, you might see a cognitive rehabilitation therapist who can help you regain lost skills.