When you learn that your child has a learning disability, you can feel confused, lost, and alone.
How will my child get through school? Where can I go for help? Will my child ever go to college?
Of special concern for learning disabled (LD) students is written expression. Because 90% of learning disabled children have marked deficits in executive functioning skills, learning disabled children (LD) often have trouble planning, organizing, remembering, and composing their ideas into successful written responses.
If that sounds like your child, we can help.
During the past 15 years, we have helped elementary through high school students with learning disabilities become more organized, persuasive, and independent writers. How do we do it? Through our research-backed and individualized approach to LD writing and English language arts instruction.
At WCP, we appeal to every child’s innate desire to achieve. Our goal is to enhance your child’s writing and English language arts skills while also addressing all needs related to academic performance.
At WCP, we improve your child’s writing and English language arts skills by:
• Using a multi-modal and flexible approach to instruction designed for your unique child
• Building on your child’s strengths, not dwelling on weaknesses
• Developing your child’s confidence, motivation, and independence
1. The Experience of Our Founder and Head Tutor and LD Consultant
• Susan Osborn, Ph.D., has spent over 30 years in education, in the Writing Program and English department at Rutgers University, in the lab at The New Jersey Center for Research on Writing, in admissions at Vassar College, and as a private tutor.
• Dr. Osborn is also an award-winning writer and scholar and she brings both her education smarts and her writing smarts to every student relationship.
• Dr. Osborn is the parent of two learning disabled children both of whom went on to win academic scholarships to college.
2. Individualized service
We know that one shoe doesn’t fit all. Our work with your child is tailored to serve your child’s individual needs.
3. Our Reputation for Quality and Commitment
Our mission is threefold. First, to help your child learn to think and write more clearly; second, to develop your child’s confidence, motivation, and self-esteem; and third, to develop your child’s ability to advance and work independently. We will do whatever it takes to make sure that your child doesn’t just succeed but thrives.
4. Emotional Support
We know that helping a learning-disabled child through school can be difficult and can put a strain on family relations. We want you to share your concerns with us. One of our most important responsibilities is to be here for you and we take that responsibility very seriously. Whether you need to vent or just need to talk things over, we want you to rely on us to support you.
Deb and Keith, parents of high school senior
Dr. Osborn’s research-backed, nonjudgmental instruction combines traditional methods with flexible teaching techniques to show your child how to:
• Break down a writing assignment
• Improve planning and organizational skills
• Remember ideas before and while writing
• Connect new information to previously learned information
• Improve inferential skills
• Locate and use textual evidence
• Develop ways to learn how to connect new information to previously learned information
• Detail and elaborate ideas
• Improve persuasive, narrative, argumentative, and analytical writing skills
• Create reusable sentence and essay formulas that can be applied to all school writing assignments
• Develop effective test prep strategies
• Develop confidence, motivation, and mental flexibility
• Explore assistive technology
• Develop self-knowledge and advocacy skills
Dr. Osborn knows that helping a child with a learning disability can be emotionally difficult. That’s why she will work with you to:
• Find a qualified neuropsychologist
• Help you understand the learning implications of your child’s academic evaluation
• Help you design academic accommodations that best suit your child’s needs
• Evaluate your child’s present IEP or 504
• Plan and strategize IEP and 504 meetings
• Attend and advocate with you during IEP and 504 meetings
• Explore school options
• Make the best course selections for your child
• Determine the best college for your child
• Help you and your child through every aspect of the college admissions process
• Locate scholarship opportunities
• Support your child in a positive, nonjudgmental way
Susan Osborn, Ph.D.
– Marty S., parent of 9th grader
– Leigh and Mitchell Y., parents of ADHD dysgraphic student
– Lynne, parent of ASD student
– Ann and Frank W., parents of 11th grader
– Laura D., parent of dyslexic dysgraphic student
– Marc M., parent of ADHD student
– Suparna R., parent of ADHD ASD student