Why Us?

We target learning to the individual needs of the student

Recognized as leaders in the field of intensive academic intervention, Illumina Learning Center combines research in brain science and proven methods of instruction to support student learning in core academic areas.

 

Our goal is to bridge the learning gap, improve school performance, and help students become confident, independent learners.

 

We work with the best educators in the field and offer continuous training in evidence-based practices for student success.

The Illumina Method

Proven multisensory approach.

Studies show the natural pathways of the brain are stimulated when our senses are engaged — visual, kinesthetic-motor, verbal, and auditory.

The ILLUMINA METHOD combines explicit, sequential, and systematic, multisensory instruction as well as cognitive strategies essential for academic development. Students typically make a 1-2 year gain after six to twelve months.

Individual. Prescriptive. Deliberate.

A diagnostic approach to learning.

Our prescriptive approach utilizes diagnostic screenings and checkpoint assessments to pinpoint problem areas and ensure ongoing progress monitoring. Expert tutors formulate a tailored learning plan to support weaknesses and rebuild the foundation from the ground up. 

Study skills and other essential tools and strategies are embedded in the program to help students become efficient learners. 

See it Action: Mathematics

Michael, 3rd Grade

Michael had difficulty understanding numeration concepts and place value. He frequently missed carrying and regrouping.

After just six sessions of intensive one-on-one instruction using the multisensory place value material, Michael assimilated that the 2 in 5,284 represents 200. Therefore, the digit 2  is placed in the hundreds place.

See it Action: Reading

Claudia, 2nd Grade

Claudia has aphasia, a disorder that affects the way you speak, write and understand language. When she attempted to decode (read) and spell (encode), words got mixed up, and she couldn't articulate the correct sounds. As a result, she developed a habit of guessing to compensate for her reading challenges.

Claudia worked 3x per week in our Spell, Read and Write program. In less than three months, Claudia began to identify 50% of the basic alphabet sounds. By six months, Claudia was decoding three-letter word with basic high-frequency vocabulary. She also started to spell by sound. At the six-month mark, Claudia had made a one-year gain in reading level was catching up to her classroom peers. 

Research indicates that students with significant language processing difficulties should learn to identify letters by sound (not by letter name). We find this is one of the most common misconceptions in school. For instance, Claudia recognized the sound of /t/ as the letter name "tee." Each time she read the word "tap," she said, tee-ap. 

Using an intensive phonics-based approach, we could correct this confusion. Once Claudia became successful in recognizing alphabetic code sounds, we introduced  letter names.