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WHAT IS OLS?

Optimal Learning Solutions (OLS) is an innovative approach to help struggling students and their families. OLS combines neuropsychological assessment expertise, solution-focused and family systems counseling, AD/HD and executive functioning coaching, and academic tutoring support. Using a collaborative approach, the OLS team works closely with parents and teachers to provide students with a pathway to success.

  • curiosity
  • gratitude
  • grit
  • optimism
  • self control
  • zest
  • Social Intelligence

OLS focuses on factors that affect student learning.

There are many factors that affect student learning, including character strengths, emotions, and underlying thinking skills.

Character Strengths -- Seven factors that promote academic success. . .

OLS incorporates emerging research regarding the relationship between academic success and seven key character strengths that enhance student learning:

  • zest
  • grit
  • self-control
  • optimism
  • gratitude
  • social intelligence
  • curiosity
Emotions -- Negative emotions often undermine a student's best intentions...

Negative feelings often interfere with a student’s ability to learn. Struggling students frequently experience a variety of these emotions, including:

  • low self-efficacy
  • shame
  • fragile motivation
  • boredom
  • tantrums/anger outbursts
  • anxiety
  • sadness
  • frustration

Unfortunately, these negative feelings are often misunderstood as a lack of interest in learning or laziness because they are expressed as perplexing behaviors:

  • procrastination and avoidance
  • giving up when challenged
  • low motivation
  • poor homework compliance
  • time management difficulties
  • disorganization
  • lack of planning
Academic and Learning Skills -- Specific strengths and weaknesses...

The OLS approach takes into account a student’s brain-based strengths and weaknesses, including: intellectual and problem-solving abilities, processing speed, working memory, attention/concentration, learning disabilities.

PROCESS: Our clinicians take these factors into account, formulating an assessment and intervention plan that includes the following steps:

  • Assessment
  • Personalized treatment planning
  • Coordinated plan implementation with periodic staffing/review
  • Collaboration with parents, teachers and other health professionals