Debra Gawrys has followed a singular mission in her 18 years as director of the Connections Learning Center: to help every student become an independent and successful learner.
Using the latest and most effective teaching methods, Connections Learning Center, 2744 W. 111th St., has helped thousands of students achieve academic success.
Many local families have sought help from Connections Learning Center’s in-person and online tutoring.
To help people become better students and learners, Debra used cognitive educational therapy, called “brain training.”
Instead of traditional tutoring methods, experts have found that brain training allows students to perform better than traditional tutoring methods.
Cognitive brain training is about neuroplasticity, a term that refers to the fact that the brain can change. Experts now know that educators can increase a student’s cognitive abilities. They can remove barriers to learning and create new brain pathways for effective learning.
Through brain training, Debra and her team can rewire the brain and create new neural pathways, which in turn will change the way the student learns. It increases cognitive function. It changes your life!
Debra and her staff don’t just put a band-aid on a student’s problem; they eliminate the problem.
“We offer alternative educational therapies. We want to find the root cause or the reason why a perfectly brilliant student is not doing well,” she said. “Once the root cause is found, we can suggest the right program, or a combination of programs, so that the problem is resolved.”
Connections specializes in helping students with dyslexia and other reading issues.
Debra’s approach to education makes Connections Learning Center unlike any other tutoring center in the area.
Connections Learning Center programs and strategies are research-based and some of the most effective available. Staff help students develop the mental tools they need to become relaxed, independent learners who succeed with less difficulty.
Connections Learning Center offers tailored tutoring for those who need extra attention.
The Brain Boost program is a cognitive brain training program developed exclusively at the Connections Learning Center and based on proven ideas in the fields of behavioral optometry and cognitive neuroscience.
For K-12 students and adults, the Wilson Reading Program teaches reading and spelling skills from scratch. Students of all ages who have difficulty reading can benefit. In addition to promoting strong reading skills, this program also addresses reading fluency.
Neurofeedback is a type of therapy that helps the brain work more efficiently. Neurofeedback provides real-time feedback on brain wave activity, measured by sensors on the scalp that are connected to a video screen, sound, or vibration. It rewards the brain for changing its activity into more appropriate patterns.
It can be very effective in treating issues such as ADHD, Anxiety-Depression, Behavioral Disorders, Headaches, Seizure Disorders, Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, and Sensory Integration.
The Connections Neurofeedback Therapy Program has a licensed therapist on site who can charge insurance for this specialized therapy program.
In Time supports social and emotional function, auditory processing, communication, executive function, creative expression, motor coordination, stress response, self-awareness, musicality and more. The student engages with the rhythmic music of In Time to help stimulate rhythm awareness, focus, timing accuracy, and adaptive stress responses, all of which provide the brain with the highest quality stimulation it needs. it needs for optimal functioning.
The Listening Program is music-based therapy that can improve brain health. By listening to music that is acoustically modified to train the brain, students can strengthen neurological pathways and improve their ability to learn, communicate and process information. This tailored therapy and tutoring is designed for anyone with an auditory processing problem.
The Lindamood-Bell program is for students of all ages who have difficulty understanding reading. The Lindamood-Bell Visualization and Verbalization Program helps students develop images for the concepts they read about. Through this work, students can improve their language comprehension, reasoning and expressive language skills. It is common for individuals to gain years of language comprehension with just four weeks of intensive instruction!
The Lindamood-Bell On Cloud Nine math curriculum for students in grades K-8 helps them imagine and verbalize the concepts behind mathematical processes. Through this program, students learn to think, reason and solve problems with numbers.
Debra, a resident of Beverly, has a bachelor’s degree in education and a master’s degree in learning disabilities from St. Xavier’s University. She taught in elementary school and was also a learning disabilities resource teacher.
She has also served on the Board of Directors for the Illinois Chapter of the International Dyslexia Association. She is also president of the Beverly Hills Morgan Park Business Association.
Connections Learning Center also offers test prep for the ACT/SAT, Private School and Selective Enrollment, College Placement Exams, GRE, and GED.
“We want our students to become self-directed, independent learners,” Debra said. We want our students to dream big, reach for the stars, and have the skills to succeed! »
For more information about Connections Learning Center or a free consultation, call (773) 238-4526 or visit connectionslearningcenter.com.