PLC Techniques

Multi-sensory instruction? Collaborative Problem-Solving? Cognitive-behavioral therapy? These are more than just impressive sounding buzzwords. Find out how these leading edge techniques can make a huge difference in your child’s education.

Multi-Sensory Instruction

Multi-sensory Instruction engages more than one sense to provide information.  We generally talk about auditory, visual, and kinesthetic modes of acquiring information.  Though everyone learns better in one of the three modes, everyone also learns better when more than one mode is engaged. Examples of multi-Sensory Instruction include use of manipulatives in math and writing and hearing, seeing, saying, and feeling phonemic elements.

Direct Instruction

For Pacific Learning Center NW, this means beginning where each student is currently functioning in each academic area, socially and emotionally, and in the areas of organization and concentration.  Cognitive research tells us that learning works best when the level of difficulty is slightly challenging – and for kids with special needs, being just slightly challenged is critical.  Work that isn’t challenging at all or is too challenging simply doesn’t lead to success. Direct instruction also means allowing each child to progress at his or her own pace which requires a systematized, a rigorous curriculum divided into sequential and cumulative parts, and a high degree of teacher involvement.

Collaborative Problem-Solving

Collaborative Problem-Solving is a methodology devised by Dr. Richard Greene, clinician and psychologist, for dealing with emotional and behavioral challenges in children.  Adults look at these challenges as developmental delays rather than willful behaviors, empathize with the child, and invite the child to participate in identifying challenging feelings or behaviors and finding workable solutions.

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy

This is a long-recognized therapeutic technique designed to use a person’s cognition to overcome faulty thinking and maladaptive behaviors.  For example, the student who feels he will never be successful so putting forth effort is pointless has obviously reversed cause with effect and his behavior shows it.  By altering his behavior he will soon prove to himself that his thinking was faulty.

Hopefully that helps, but you probably still have a lot of questions. That’s good. We would welcome the opportunity to meet your family and help you understand how all this can make a difference in your child’s life. Why don’t you schedule a visit to meet with our staff and tour our facility?


Pacific Learning Center NW is an Approved Private School by the Washington State Board of Education, is licensed as a NonPublic Agency by the Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, and is accredited by the Northwest Accreditation Commmission. Pacific Learning Center NW does not discriminate against students or adults because of race, color, creed, religion, gender, age, or national or ethnic origin.