Neurosensory - our goal and experience

Our goal

Neurosensory is a specialised educational and remedial teaching practice that provides educational support and remedial teaching for children and adults alike who have learning disorders or learning difficulties, irrespective of age, ethnicity, economic status, cultural background, religion or area or level of disability and it treats both child and adult with dignity and respect.child at the collection is full

Neurosensory and its Director Antonia Canaris relies on evidence-based teaching strategies, including the Orton Gillingham multisensory approach to help those with learning disorders and learning difficulties. Neurosensory teaches maths using the Orton Gillingham multisensory approach and English as a second language.

Neurosensory provides psychometric testing when appropriate and works closely with other health professionals including paediatricians, psychiatrists and psychologists. 

“It is, in fact, nothing short of a miracle that the modern methods of instruction have not yet entirely strangled the holy curiosity of inquiry; for this delicate little plant, aside from stimulation, stands mainly in need of freedom. Without this it goes to wrack and ruin without fail.”
― Albert Einstein

 

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What we offer 

Neurosensory offers evidence-based educational interventions for those with learning disorders based on a substantial body of knowledge dating back until the 1920s. 

Neurosensory's objective is to assist adults and particularly children of almost any age and level of learning disorder overcome their learning difficulties and achieve full potential.

Neurosensory's director Antonia Canaris holds a Master’s Degree in Education, majoring in Literacy and Numeracy as well as a Graduate Diploma in Professional Studies (Autism). Antonia specialises in the remedial treatment of those with diagnosed learning disorders. Antonia provides formal psychometric assessments in accordance with national best practice for those students who require a formal assessment and is a skilled Orton Gillingham multisensory approach practitioner. 

Orton Gillingham multisensory approach – just one of a range of important teaching and learning tools

As part of her diverse arsenal of remedial strategies Antonia Canaris Director of Neurosensory relies on the Orton Gillingham multisensory approach to remedial learning.

The Orton Gillingham multisensory approach is used to help children and adults, master the fundamental building blocks of literacy and is an ideal tool to teach English as a second language. 

The Orton Gillingham multisensory approach is also used to help those with maths difficulties and has been used successfully to teach English as a second language.

The Orton Gillingham multisensory approach is language-based, multisensory, structured, sequential, cumulative, cognitive and flexible.

Orton Gillingham multisensory learning utilises multiple pathways into the brain including the visual, the auditory and the kinaesthetic (touch and feel) to allow new information learnt to pass from short-term memory into long-term memory for better recall. 

Contemporary ground-breaking scientific research using MRIs, demonstrating the brain remains plastic into adulthood provides fresh evidence that properly stimulated the brain can bypass neurological deficiencies that stop the brain learning effectively.

Neurosensory & ASD

Neurosensory works with students who have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and it has found many students require more than multisensory instruction. Neurosensory provides academic support as well as social skills programs for those in need. 

Antonia Canaris is a member of Autism Assist an early intervention consortium and is eligible for early intervention funding (to qualify, children must have received a diagnosis of autism before their sixth birthday).

Funding can be used up to the child’s seventh birthday.  Anybody who is concerned that their child might have autism is urgently advised to seek professional advice as accurate diagnosis at the earliest opportunity is essential - contact the practice for necessary referral.

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Students seen as individuals – first and foremost

Neurosensorys’ commitment as teachers of the Orton Gillingham multisensory approach is to professionally assess the student using standardised psychometric measures where appropriate before designing a specific program suitable for individual learning.

The commitment to treat each and every student as an individual is the cornerstone of Neurosensorys’ philosophy and one of the many strengths of the Orton Gillingham multisensory approach to learning. 

In learning as in life itself, there is no one size fits all. Often a student will present with a range of overlapping symptoms, including for example symptoms of dyslexia and symptoms of ADHD. 

Many students have become demoralised or depressed by their constant failure and are poorly motivated or distressed. Neurosensory places great emphasis on addressing these motivational issues.

 
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Dispelling the myths

Neurosensory is committed to dispelling some of the myths that surround learning disorders and difficulties such as dyslexia:

Learning disorders such as dyslexia cannot be cured. Rather they have to be managed in the understanding that dyslexia and every other educationally related learning disorder is neurologically based

Despite what many practitioners claim there is no such thing as a ‘quick fix ‘ for learning disorders but rather a need for a systematic individualised approach taking into account the needs of the individual student

Success is measured in weeks, months, not days

Coloured lenses and overlays and similar approaches do not work

 

 


Antonia Canaris

Antonia Canaris the lead practitioner holds a Master’s Degree in special education and a graduate certificate in autism. Antonia is also an Orton Gillingham multisensory trained practitioner. Antonia has many years of experience as a teacher in the private and public school system, in special schools and in the regular school setting and harnesses these skills in the pursuit of improved learning for all, especially those with learning difficulties.

Antonia is a member of the Australian Dyslexia Association, SPELD NSW and the International Dyslexia Association.
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Neurosensory also supports the Australian Dyslexia Foundation (ADF). The ADF is a registered charity and offers full tax deductibility for those wishing to support the advancement of the treatment of dyslexia and the training of Orton Gillingham multisensory approach teachers in Australia.