About Us
Who Can Be Helped
Why It Works
What's Involved
Home Evaluation/Visagraph Testing

The Learning Connection
443 E. Fountain Pl.

Manitou Springs, Colorado 80829

(719) 495-3400

Fax: (719) 495-7137

E-Mail: learningconnection@live.com

Please read the following carefully:

Mr. Shapiro is not a licensed optometrist or opthalmologist. He does not diagnose or treat the presence of abnormal conditions of the eye and its appendages, or the accommodative and refractive conditions of the eye: or prescribe visual training and/ or the use of scientific instruments to train the visual system. He is not licensed in the state of Colorado to do so. You should consult with and follow the instructions of an optometrist or opthalmologist when using visual training procedures.


.....20% of the nation's high school graduates are only reading on a 4th-5th grade reading level

.....In 1970, 6% of school children were needing special education classes; in 2004, the percentage rose to 25-30%!

.....There are 30+million adults who are considered illiterate (reading on or below a 4th grade reading level)

.....There are approximately 1-3 students in every classroom considered to have an 'attention span problem'

Dyslexia, Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), comprehension problems, reading struggles make school achievement difficult. If a child or an adult in your family has been diagnosed with Dyslexia or Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), or struggles with learning disabilities and reading problems, The Learning Connection may be the answer you have been looking for! The Learning Connection specializes in getting to the ROOT problems of learning, and CORRECTING them not just helping students COPE with their difficulties! The most common symptoms we work with have been well-known:

Short attention span

Poor comprehension

Miscalling words that look similar

Reversals of letters, words, and numbers

Slow, choppy reading

Skipping lines, losing place, hesitating

Messy handwriting, poor spelling and math

Poor organization

Low self-confidence in school achievement

We specialize in the correction of poor reading skills resulting from these disorders. How do we do this? We develop the 4 essential skills that are necessary in order for effective reading and learning to occur.

When reading difficulties get in the way of learning, the results can be frustrating for children and adults.

Who can be helped? At The Learning Connection, we offer a program of developmental integration exercises that involve corrective training for children and adults who have been diagnosed with Dyslexia or classified as having Attention Deficit Disorder and are currently experiencing reading and learning problems.

Perhaps your child or an adult in the family has previously been diagnosed with one or several types of learning disorders or disabilities. You may even have tried numerous academic programs only to experience minimal results.

If allowed to continue, learning difficulties, dyslexia, Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), and reading struggles can cause struggling studentsto begin to withdraw from participation in learning and school.

The effects of such avoidance, of course, are evident in the individual's low self-esteem, eroded confidence and, for school-age children, an overall negative academic experience.

The Learning Connection was founded for the sole purpose of solving the underlying root problems that keep people from achieving at their top potential because of reading problems.

Parents of children with learning difficulties involving reading disabilities, math problems and related areas may be surprised to learn that many of these reading and math problems can be significantly corrected. Typically, the process involves an initial screening followed by the development and initiation of an integrated developmental-exercise training program. Out-of town families can participate in the Home-Based evaluation and Home-Therapy Program.

Difficulties with math problems, poor handwriting, poor spelling, a short attention span, low reading comprehension, and visible low self-esteem, may actually arise from your child's inability to PROCESS information. In other words, very bright, intelligent students may have never developed the essential skills necessary to RECEIVE, STORE, AND PRODUCE written information! That is, the neurological process that permits learning to occur may not be fully developed in your child. Most academic programs are not able to locate these areas and provide the tools for correcting them.

The first step to correcting Dyslexia and Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) is understanding the underlying problems that cause reading and language problems to occur.

Most conventional programs are designed to help struggling students by prescribing tutoring, remedial reading, or other educational approaches.

While these programs help with overall ACHIEVEMENT, The Learning Connection is geared towards correcting the ROOT problems that cause:Short Attention Span Low Comprehension Slow, Choppy Reading Poor Handwriting and Spelling Inability to Follow Directions Number and Letter Reversals Low Self-Esteem

Children and adults exhibiting the symptoms listed above are good candidates for our unique program, even if they have not been diagnosed with Dyslexia or Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD). The key is training the brain in all areas of development to receive and process information more effectively.

See what others are saying about our exciting programs. Then, call our Colorado office today at 1-719-495-3400  We'll be happy to introduce you to the certified Learning Connection specialist nearest you.

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Katheryn Mitchell
Private Practice
Houston, Texas

(888) 556-0230 Vicki Falco
Orlando, Florida

(407) 256-8738 Michelle Cuoco
Grand Junction, Colorado

(970) 256-0368 Suzie Blicharz
Fort Smith, Arkansas
Office Program
The Learning Connection in Colorado Springs, Colorado provides a complete screening/testing and office program.  Out-of-town families are welcome to come to Colorado Springs for personal testing, evaluation, consultation, and be setup for a home-based program.  Mr. Shapiro works individually with each family.  Call our office for more details.

Procedures: Step 1: Office Screening

Visual Processing/Dyslexia Screening This unique testing instrument called a; 'Visagraph' measures the strength and accuracy of the brain to to accurately process visual information (words and numbers)  A student is wearing 'funny-looking' computer goggles that are attached to a computer.  As he or she is reading a story on their reading level, the computer is recording many aspects of that student's visual processing skills essential to tracking, word identification, speed, and accuracy in reading. A read-out is generated immediately, and a printout shows very accurately at what grade level of reading/visual processing performance the student is performing. Test can be performed with ages 6-adult.

 Step 2: Consultation A developmental assessment of the four learning areas (coordination, perception, auditory, vision) is conducted to identify deficiencies. An individualized program is then designed to train and develop the deficient areas of learning.

 Step 3: Training The program consists of 12 to 16 weekly office sessions twice a week.  Skills are reinforced through weekly home exercises.  Periodic computer rechecks monitor developmental progress.  Additional instruction in Phonics, Reading, and Writing is available.

The Office Therapy Program is purchased and used in conjunction with the weekly office visits.  The program includes all necessary materials to complete the training program and allows for the individual to refresh skills in the future as needed on his/her own.