Frequently Asked Questions

At the Therapeutic Literacy Center, programming for students is completely individualized based on each student’s needs. The combination of programs and strategies used and the amount of therapy needed will vary for each individual student.  We don’t have “a program” but rather a system for meeting each individual need of our clients.

If you have specific questions not answered in our FAQ, please feel free to contact us. It will be our pleasure to discuss your / your child’s learning needs either by phone or in person. We welcome parents to visit our facility. Please feel free to give us a call at (858) 481-2200.

How long has the center been open?
Maria Bagby, owner, and director of Therapeutic Literacy Center began this work in 2005. After 20+ years in education, she found that remaining in the system of schools made it difficult to meet the underlying needs of children who struggle in school. She began her work in the study of dyslexia and ADD. Since then, she has branched out somewhat to include other learning challenges. In 2013, Maria moved her practice to open a center in Solana Beach where the weather is much more moderate!

Maria is continuously searching for the best programs to meet the ever-changing learning challenges that arise in our student population. The Therapeutic Literacy Center has since hooked up with Jill and David Stowell (The Stowell Learning Center) by joining their network of professionals dedicated to developing the underlying learning skills necessary for efficient learning.  The TLC Center evolves with the times. It does not stay stagnant, but changes as the needs of our students change. Because of her dynamic thinking and passion for helping students, Maria continues to ask questions, delve deeper into why smart children struggle academically and continues to network professionally with other professionals who are knowledgeable about applying the latest research in the fields of neuroscience and learning (neuropsychologists, child/adolescent psychologists, Speech/Language Pathologists, and others).

What are the clinician’s qualifications?
Maria has hired and trained the best clinicians to train each client in their underlying learning skills. All of our clinicians have bachelor’s degrees in psychology. Additionally, one has a masters in language studies and another in education and teaching.

All of our staff has been thoroughly trained in all of the programs used by Maria in addition to many used at the Stowell Learning Center. We continuously hold on-going development for our clinicians as we work collaboratively with all of our clients. There will never be only two eyes on our clients, but rather, we work collaboratively sitting in on one another’s client sessions in order to continuously evaluate and accelerate each client’s development.

Maria has taught in both public and private schools and has worked at the state level with the development of the Colorado Student Assessment Program, has been an instructor for many teacher training programs and helped develop a national teacher excellence program with the Milken Family Foundation.  A more thorough bio is available here.

How long does it take before I can see results?
Typically students and parents will begin to see changes within just a few weeks. Our goal for each student is that he or she becomes the most comfortable, efficient, and independent learner he or she can be. How long this process takes will depend on the number and severity of the student’s learning challenges and the intensity of the therapy time.

Do you guarantee results?
We can guarantee that we will do everything we can to help each student become the most independent and successful student he can be. If we feel that we cannot help, we will work with the family to try to find someone who can.

Each student has a unique set of learning strengths and challenges. Therefore, students progress at different rates. We are working towards making permanent changes in the way students process information and learn. We do not just want to band-aid the issues. Permanent changes that bring success in learning require remediation that directly deals with the underlying processing skills. Our therapy and methods are designed to work on developing a solid foundation for independent and successful learning.

Do you work with Dyslexics?
Yes! The center was originally opened to serve the dyslexic population. We have many different strategies and programs that specifically address the unique and varied needs of dyslexic students of all ages. Maria has received certification in Orton-Gillingham methodology, has training in all of the Lindamood-Bell programs and holds credentials as a Dyslexia Remediation Specialist and Educational Therapist.

Do you work with Autistic children?
Yes. We work with many high functioning children on the autistic spectrum. Working with the autistic population is something that we determine on a student by student basis. Depending on the severity of the child’s symptoms and the parental goals, we may be able to provide therapy. After an initial screening, we will determine if we are the appropriate place for the child. If we feel there is something we can do we will work closely with the parents to create a program for the student.

Do you work with children with Asperger’s Syndrome?
Yes. Once the student is assessed we will determine what therapy or therapies the student will benefit from.

What does your therapy look like?
Most of our therapies are provided in a one-to-one, directed teaching basis. Some of our programs use specialized materials or equipment. Therapy is provided in individual therapy rooms, but we also have a “fun room” for motor development and attention training. A few of our programs utilize the computer. These are always supervised and directed by the clinician.

Because our therapy focuses on developing underlying thinking skills essential to efficient learning, daily training is critical to the process. In order to reduce the cost to the family, we often suggest partnering with the parents to provide the frequency of instruction needed. When parents do a follow-up at home, we view them as our teaching partners and we will provide both instruction and materials to support them.

Do you work one on one?
Yes. Working one-to-one allows us to provide the intensity, individualization, and specific feedback needed to make significant changes in a short amount of time. Each student will have a specific schedule and clinician or team of clinicians that she works with on a regular basis.

One-to-one training is a requirement of many of the programs and strategies we use. In order to make real, lasting changes in the brain, students must be challenged. Working one-to-one allows us to stretch students’ thinking, in a very supportive, encouraging, and confidence building environment.

Do you work with groups?
Yes. We have been working with students one-on-one for most of our years and have found that there are a few students that could equally benefit from a small group setting. We now include therapies that are provided in groups of 2 and 3 students. Decisions about whether a student is best-served, one-on-one or within a group are made on an individual basis.

How much does it cost?
This will depend upon the program or combination of programs recommended and amount of time needed. Some of the programs have one-time start-up fees that cover licensing fees and/or specialized materials. We create specifically designed programs for each student and will discuss fees with you once we know exactly what is recommended. We are happy to speak with you if you would like to discuss your child during a Parent Information Meeting (receive a $200 discount for attending) or come in for a private consultation.

Give us a call at (858) 481-2200 or fill out a contact form and give us a good time to call you!