Our Approach

Learning Enhancement Centers traces its roots to 2002, when Christina Carson, a Special Education teacher specializing in students with learning disabilities, founded the first center in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Since then, Learning Enhancement Centers has helped thousands of students strengthen their cognitive skills, and improve their grades and their confidence in all endeavors.


Why Choose Learning Enhancement Centers?

Traditional education techniques are based on the idea that learning challenges cannot be overcome. If a student can’t read, for example, you read to him or her.


At Learning Enhancement Centers, we believe that with the right training, the brain can overcome any learning challenge.


All of our staff members are trained in our techniques, which help students of all ages overcome a myriad of challenges that include dyslexia, ADD and auditory disorders.


Our approach, however, is not one-size-fits all.  Although all of our programs are based on the same philosophy, they’re adjusted to the individual struggles of each student.


Academic and social success depends upon a strong base of cognitive processing, or learning skills. These include skills such as:


Core Learning Skills 

These are basic movement, visual, and auditory skills that help children develop a sense of self, internal organization, and body and attention awareness and control. 


Challenges in this area might show up as follows:

  • Poor posture
  • Awkward or uncoordinated
  • Fatigue, low stamina, anxiety
  • Laying on desk
  • Confusion with directions, spatial orientation, letter reversals
  • Hard time getting started or following through
  • Lack of organization – always losing or forgetting things
  • Poor handwriting
  • Can’t sit still
  • Trouble getting self going


Processing Skills

These are skills such as attention, memory, auditory and visual processing (how we think about and understand things that we see or hear), processing speed, language comprehension, and phonemic awareness (the thinking process critical to reading that supports learning and using phonics). 


Problems in this area may show up as: 

  • Trouble sounding out words
  • Slow or poor reader
  • Trouble memorizing spelling words or math facts
  • Can read but can’t remember or understand what was read
  • Get very tired when listening
  • Miss information when listening
  • Trouble understanding visual organization in math, charts, etc.
  • Disorientation when reading, writing, or listening
  • Can learn words for spelling test but can’t remember the next
  • week
  • Poor attention
  • Can do the work but can’t “get it together” to get the work done and turned in
  • Slow work / working too hard or too long


Executive Function Skills

This is our personal manager that guides and directs our attention and behavior. It helps us reason, problem solve, organize, and make decisions. 


Problems in this area may appear as follows: 

  • Poor time management
  • Can’t organize materials
  • Trouble reasoning
  • Waits until the last minute to start a long term project
  • Can’t plan and organize projects
  • Lacks tact
  • Poor follow through
  • Trouble getting started
  • Poor mental flexibility


Academic Skills

After working to address lower-level skills on the Learning Skills Continuum, we use evidence-based academic programs to close the gap in school performance. Our academic programs are designed to develop fluency in skills from a foundational level all the way up to grade-level proficiency. 



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