‘Learning To Learn’ Skills [P.A.C.E.]

Developing “Learning to Learn” Skills

With P.A.C.E.
[Processing and Cognitive Enhancement]

Sometimes called “mental boot camp” PACE is an intensive program that produces significant enhancements in learning and other complex mental activities in the shortest period of time. To understand why the program demonstrates improvements in such a short period of time, you need only to contrast the average six and one-half hours of one to one instruction most students receive in their entire 13 years of schooling with the PACE curriculum’s 50 to 70 hours of personal one on one attention delivered over a period of just 10 weeks.

After undergoing the PACE program, high or average performers can expect to become faster and more efficient than ever before, and below average performers who have not improved with tutoring often can overcome problems with

* Staying on task,
* Working too slowly or too hard
* Comprehending what is said
* Memory, spelling, reading and math

Where PACE Fits In

Schools, programs for children’s learning disabilities, remedial reading, and tutoring all work at academic retraining, while sensory and motor therapies such as auditory, vision, occupational or physical therapies concentrate on developing sensory and motor skills. In contrast to both approaches, PACE concentrates on those cognitive (brain) skills that process the sensory information that all academic abilities rely upon. So PACE does not teach academic content, but will help make learning easier and faster.

Based upon the results of research at over 200 healthcare practices across the United States and Canada, the PACE program aims not only to assess and improve mental processing skill and speed, but also to measure progress in ways that children can readily observe. When children see these positive changes, it raises their self-esteem and makes them want to work at improving their skills even more. In fact, by the second session, all patients in the PACE program—even those in Kindergarten—are able to name the presidents of the United States forwards and backwards. And we encourage these children to recite the presidents in front of their classmates, leveraging what they’ve learned into a boost of esteem among their teachers and peers.

How PACE Works

By using the rapid teacher feedback that only one on one sessions can provide, and by involving parents in additional one on one homework, PACE uses repetition to make reading skills more automatic and subconscious. These sessions directly deal with the fact that many children must put in so much conscious effort to just “read words” that they have little mental energy left to comprehend what they’ve read , or retain it in memory. The child who does not have to think about the act of reading is thus a much better reader—just as the a typist who does not have to think about the location of keys and fingers on a keyboard becomes a much better typist. Consequently, PACE has become the successful answer to reading and learning problems for children (and many adults).

Dr. Janet Wilamowski, Optometrist and her staff at the Vision Development Center have administered the PACE program for a number of years and would be happy to discuss the details of the program and their many success stories with you and child. Please call the number below for an appointment and evaluation.