The Learning Center of North Texas
Hill School partners with The Learning Center of North Texas to provide professional development opportunities for educators at Hill School and in the greater community in an effort to improve skills in teaching and understanding all learners in the classroom. The Learning Center of North Texas (TLCNT) is a nonprofit organization offering comprehensive diagnostic educational evaluations for individuals from birth through adult, brain-based professional development for educators, parent and educator resources, and adult literacy program support. TLCNT has administered over 2,500 evaluations in its 15 years of service to the greater North Texas community. TLCNT’s comprehensive evaluation uses cognitive, achievement, visual-motor, attention, and executive function (self-awareness and control) assessments to help each learner better understand his/her unique learning profile and how to maximize his/her strengths to compensate for weaknesses. Evaluation services include psycho-educational evaluations, aptitude testing for college and career (TLCNT is a Highlands Ability Battery affiliate), speech-language evaluations/services, ADHD evaluations, autism evaluations, and adult literacy screenings. Other services include tutoring, Brain Gym, and academic coaching. Partner discounts are available for Hill School families.
PediaPlex is an all-inclusive diagnostic and therapeutic clinic in Southlake offering autism testing, speech therapy, occupational therapy, counseling, cognitive and academic assessments, and developmental services. Their mission is to help children and families affected by a variety of disorders including ADHD, autism, communication, sensory-motor, mental health and learning disabilities. PediaPlex achieves success through early screening, diagnosis, therapeutic intervention, and support services offered by a multidisciplinary team of experienced professionals all in one convenient location. PediaPlex’s founder, Sonia, noticed her oldest daughter was behind developmentally when compared to her siblings, so Sonia set out to learn why her daughter was experiencing differences. She spent two years traveling and scheduling countless appointments with pediatricians, neurological psychologists, psychiatrists, and therapists. Today, PediaPlex offers all these services in one space, hoping to facilitate this process for families.
ACCOMMODATIONS are strategies used to bypass a weak academic skill. These strategies are designed to ensure success for the learner. For example, a student with dysgraphia might use a computer to complete written assignments.
ADHD, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is defined by The National Institutes of Health as having symptoms that include: impulsiveness, a child who acts quickly without thinking first. Hyperactivity, a child who can’t sit still, walks, runs, or climbs around when others are seated, talks when others are talking. Inattention, a child who daydreams or seems to be in another world, is sidetracked by what is going on around him or her.
AFFINITIES are those areas of interest or passion that a student has in a content area or activity. Affinities may be useful to help students acquire academic skills and/or strengthen areas of weakness.
ALL KINDS OF MINDS’ mission is to help students who struggle with learning measurably improve their success in school and life by providing programs that integrate educational, scientific, and clinical expertise. The all kinds of minds parent toolkit is a free online resource to help parents and caregivers support students’ success in learning.”
AR is the abbreviation used for the Accelerated Reader program which provides personalized reading access and review to encourage life-long love of reading.
CSAF is the Christian Schools Athletic Fellowship, the league for Hill academic and athletic competitions for elementary and middle schools.
CURRICULUM STANDARDS: Hill correlates our curriculum with the Texas Education Agency “Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills” (TEKS) including state-adopted textbooks.
DYSCALCULIA is defined by LD online as a term referring to a wide range of life-long learning disabilities involving math. There is no single form of math disability, and difficulties vary from person to person and affect people differently in school and throughout life.
DYSGRAPHIA is defined by The National Institutes of Health as a neurological disorder characterized by writing disabilities. It generally emerges when they are first introduced to writing, with inappropriately sized and spaced letters, or wrong or misspelled words even when the student knows the correct word and spelling.
DYSLEXIA is defined by The National Institutes of Health as a brain-based type of learning disability that specifically impairs a person’s ability to read. Although it varies from person to person, common characteristics among people with dyslexia are difficulty with spelling, phonological processing (the manipulation of sounds), and/or rapid visual-verbal responding.
HOTLINE is an email newsletter sent each Thursday to detail weekly events and happenings for parents.
INSTRUCTIONAL FRAMEWORK: the Schools Attuned to All Kinds of Minds and its Neurodevelopmental Framework are used to develop student learning profiles and provide the knowledge, tools, and skills needed to help frustrated students become more successful in school.
INTERVENTIONS are strategies intended to strengthen a weak academic skill. For students who have trouble with spelling, an intervention might be to pick out the correctly spelled word from a set of words.
NATIONAL RECOGNITION: Hill School has been designated one of only 11 All Kinds of Minds “Schools of Distinction” for successful integration of Schools Attuned instructional techniques.
PSYCHOEDUCATIONAL TESTING: involves a series of diagnostic tests that provide us with detailed information regarding a student’s learning profile. These tests should include: some form of IQ testing (WAIS or WISC-III) as well as achievement tests (Woodcock Johnson testing, or other nationally-normed achievement test). Other measures indicating a diagnosis of ADD, ADHD, dyslexia, Asperger’s Syndrome, disorder of written expression, or other learning difference are exceptionally helpful during the application process. The Learning Center of North Texas provides psychoeducational testing at a reduced rate for Hill School applicants and current Hill School families. You may contact them regarding their diagnostic services at: http://www.tlcnt.org
SCHOOLS ATTUNED TO ALL KINDS OF MINDS is a 45-hour long course (a national training program) developed by All Kinds of Minds Institute in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. It is designed to help educators better understand and manage children’s learning differences. Hill School teachers are required to attend the Schools Attuned training within one year of employment.
TCAF is the Texas Christian Athletic Fellowship, the state-wide league for Hill academic and athletic competitions for high school students.