Occupational Therapy

Our licensed occupational therapists work with students in a number of areas to promote functional independence in the classroom and school setting.  The goal is to improve the student’s ability to perform tasks requiring visual perceptual skills, fine motor skills, gross motor skills, sensory processing skills, organization, and self care.  Our therapists aim to give students the tools they need to successfully participate in a school and community settings.

Private therapy sessions are available during after school hours.  Please contact us if you wish to schedule a consultation.

Students who attend the Achievement Centers have the opportunity to use a two-acre school Nature Center for tutoring and instruction.  Our outdoor classrooms, amidst forest and natural surroundings, provide a unique educational setting, helping our students to focus and enjoy learning.  Recent studies suggest that there is a relationship with outdoor enrichment and its effect on those with learning differences. Studies led by University of Illinois researchers Frances E. Kuo, PhD and Andrea Faber Taylor, PhD, provide solid evidence linking time spent in natural surroundings to an increased ability to focus for those with learning difficulties.

“Students reap the benefits of fresh air and oxygen as they receive instruction in the outdoors. This practice has improved their ability to learn, minimize anxieties, and improve concentration.  Academic levels and test scores have improved as a result of the opportunity to study in the Nature Center. Our ‘No Child Left Inside’ theme reinforces the benefits of education in the outdoors. Students are involved in outdoor studies which minimizes the possibility of Nature Deficit Disorder,” Kathryn Fouks, Clinical Director of The Achievement Centers, Inc. and Principal of Acacia Academy. 

 

Written expression instruction includes:

  • The mechanics of English as well as sentence, paragraph, composition, and essay writing
  • How to write a research paper
  • Written vocabulary
  • Written responses needed for the ISAT tests
  • Writing section of the ACT
  • Use of graphic organizers to develop a written response
  • Use of computer programs to further develop writing

Instruction in the area of organization and study skills may include:

  • Use of an assignment notebook:
    • Dating each page
    • Writing down the daily assignments
    • Use of a teacher to check the completeness and accuracy of the data
  • Time scheduling for the daily routines and written assignments
  • How to approach materials according to the purpose of the assignment
  • The use of visuals such as Think-Charts, Mind Mapping, Visual Mapping, and Story Mapping to organize thoughts for recall and comprehension
  • The practice of fixing a piece of information in mind by visualizing pictures
  • Facts should be organized into categories
  • Note-taking techniques
  • How to study

Instruction in mathematics includes calculations as well as math problem solving skills. 

Students learn addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division as well as fractions, decimals, percent, time, and measurement. Advanced mathematics is also taught such as Algebra I and II, Geometry, Trigonometry, Calculus, Chemistry, Statistics, and Business Math. Students learn to apply mathematic knowledge to more complex concepts and problems. Math tutoring is offered in the following areas:

Pre-Algebra:

  • Operations with signed numbers
  • Decimals, percentages, fractions
  • Cartesian coordinate system

Algebra:

  • Solving algebraic equations and inequalities (including quadratic equations and quadratic formula)
  • Functions and their graphs
  • Systems of equations
  • Polynomials and polynomial equations
  • Factoring (including Binomial Theorem)
  • Powers, roots, and complex numbers
  • Polynomial functions

Geometry:

  • Euclid’s postulates and proving theorems
  • Angles, lines, and geometric figures (polygons)
  • Mathematical Induction

Pre-Calculus:

  • Exponential and Logarithmic functions
  • Matrices and Determinants
  • Sequences and Series
  • Probability Theory and Data Analysis
  • Trigonometric functions and their identities and graphs

Calculus:

  • Limits and Derivatives, and their applications (1-, 2-, and 3-dimensional)
  • Integrals and their applications (1-, 2-, and 3-dimensional)
  • Sequences and Series
  • Vectors and Parametric equations
  • Conic Sections

College level Math Classes:

Linear Algebra:

  • Matrices, Vectors, Tensors (Matrix equations)
  • Inverse Matrices - Solving Systems of Equations – Cramer’s Rule
  • Determinants and Gaussian Reduction

Differential Equations

Discrete Math

Group Theory

Abstract Algebra

Complex Variables