Product review The Smart Chute

Smart ChuteThe Smart Chute is a fun way to support literacy and numeracy skills by ‘posting’ a card into the chute for it to come out at the other end with the answer.Cards include initial blend,finals blends, vowel digraph , addition and subtraction, times tables. It engages the child well but can be tricky to remember which way the chute slots into its tray. The literacy cards contain a picture to match the part word with missing phoneme, thus encouraging different areas of processing.
We use it frequently to support word and meaning as well as specific phonemes.

Dyslexia Action support Pack

A new support pack with parents in mind parents has been developed by Dyslexia takes in account extensive research evidence about the best way to support children who struggle from the beginning to ‘catch on’ with reading.

The pack offers a balanced approach to learning to read.

early skills training-a series of structured exercises to establish sound to letter links and sound blending.

Reading activities  for practising and extending reading skills using books from home and school.

The pack comes with a 52 page booklet containing a series of carefully prepared timed exercises and activities together with guidance for parents and carers.

This pack can also be used with adults.the pack costs £40 + vat.

Lts learning will offer a free session of  training with every purchase from us.


Making Sense of dyslexia

Each year Dyslexia Awareness week aims to raise awareness about Dyslexia..Dyslexia Action the national organisation that’s helps and trains those involved with dyslexia  believes that for all that has been achieved, more can be done for those to receive the best possible support whether in school or at work.

This year Dyslexia Awareness Week  will take place from 5/9-11/9 in England Wales and Northern  Ireland and 2-8/11 in Scotland. Throughout each week they will be sharing information and encouraging people to get involved in various ways. Here at LTSLEARNING SOLUTIONS we will be appearing on Bridge Radio Stourbridge on 11th October to talk about DA week.The theme is how music helps with Dyslexia. If you have a question to ask Jenni on the day please send it to us at More information from Extract with thanks to Dyslexia Action .

Reiki And kinesiology can help with Autism

Reiki is an holistic therapy which encourages the body to heal itself emotionally.There is growing anecdotal evidence from our clients and other bodies that it has a particular caliming effect on the nervous and limbic system encourages better sleep patterns

Our qualified Reiki therapist has reported that our autistic students really enjoy the sessions and are able to concentrate better  during their learning sessions.

Please get in touch if you would like to trial this approach.

We Don’t Doodle We Noodle !

A great title !

Max one of our students who is autistic was entered  by us into this year’s BBC 500 word competition.We think this is a superb piece ,with clever assonance and alliteration thrown in bucketfuls.
Here is an extract:


Max’s entry

Mr. Ning Yang owned a restaurant called Yummy Yang’s. It was a very posh restaurant, in downtown Birmingham, serving all kinds of different noodles. Chinese New Year was approaching, this year was the year of the Goat. Mr Ning Yang wanted to order a new kind of noodle for Chinese New Year. Mr Ning Yang set to work. He ordered the noodles from his supplier called We don’t doodle, we noodle. Mr Ning Yang was excited. He danced around his wok stirring noodles and sang in the style of Tina Turner I am simply the best noodler, better than all the rest! Wok to Wong restaurant next door would be so so jealous of Yummy Yang restaurants noodles. Ning could see Yummy Yang restaurant becoming world famous, opening restaurants in Brazil, Hong Kong, China, Thailand, India everywhere. He would have his own television show called Masternoodles. Awesome..
Mr Wong from Wok to Wong restaurant heard Mr Ning Yang ordering the noodles. The owner, Mr Wong was worried that Yummy Yang’s would take all their business and they would have no customers. Mr Wong had an idea! He secretly telephoned the supplier and pretended to be Mr Ning Yang and changed the order from noodles to poodles. The supplier, We don’t doodle, we noodle delivered Mr Ning Yang’s order to the restaurant at 2.30pm on the eve of Chinese New Year. Preparations were under way for Chinese New Year, decorating were being hung up, fortune cookies being baked and the artists practicing their Chinese Dragon dance routine. Mr. Ning Yang signed for the order and said ‘Gong Hey Fat Choy’ and gave him a fortune cookie to the driver. The driver thanked Mr Ning Yang and said ‘that’s a noisy order you have’. Mr Ning Yang frowned, did he say noisy? Mr Ning Yang thought the driver was loosing his noodles. Mr Ning Yang opened the large brown cupboard box containing the ingredients. When he opened the box, he was shocked to see a litter of poodles! No my goodness me; why did we don’t doodle, we noodle, deliver me poodle. Mr, Ning Yang telephoned we don’t doodle, we noodle and asked them why they delivered him poodles. The lady said Mr Ning Yang you cancelled noodles, you ordered poodles and we delivered poodles. Aha thought Mr Ning Yang I bet Mr Wong from Wok to Wong is behind this. Mr Wong is always going the wrong thing. Last year he changed Mr Ning Yang’s order of soup to spaghetti hoops. This was the last time Mr Wong would do this. Mr Ning Yang put on the coat and walked across the road to Wok to Wong. Mr Ning Yang said why did you change my order to poodles, now I can’t make noodles. Mr Wong said sorry I was wrong and promised never to do the wrong thing again. The moral of the story is never doodle if you want a noodle because you might get a poodle – Use your noodle!


Disabled Students Allowance Application Process

Disabled Students AllowanceHow to apply for the Disabled Students Allowance.

What is the Disabled Student’s Allowance?

It is available for UK students with disabilities (including dyslexia) who are undertaking full time courses in Higher Education. Part-time students, studying on a designated part-time higher education course are also eligible for DSAs, as are post graduate students. Nursing and Midwifery Diploma students are also eligible – there is specific information for Healthcare students. Open University students also have their own scheme. The award is intended to cover any extra costs or expenses a student may have to meet whilst studying, that arise because of a disability. DSAs do not depend on your or your parents’ income and there is no upper age limit.

Disabled Students Allowance Applications

Updated 27th January 2009

This information refers to applications for the Disabled Students Allowance (DSA) for students going into Higher Education for 2009/2010.

This year there are changes to the process for new applicants.

The Local Education Authorities will not be directly involved in the processing : applications will go via “Student Finance Direct”.

You will still need to provide evidence of your disability or dyslexia as before (typically an Educational Psychologist’s report or update).
For visual problems an Irlen Visual Dyslexia Screen will also be needed-contact us at LTS Learning for
1.You will need to complete a form: DSA 1

These are available with guidance notes for completing the form at

In 2009/2010 continuing students will have their DSA’s processed by their LA (Local Authorities).

But for new applicants the DSA application will not be processed by their LA it will be dealt with by “Student Finance Direct”.

Please note that from spring 2009 there are also some changes to “Student Finance Direct” will be renamed “Student Finance England”.
•For students in England it will become “Student Finance England”

For students in Wales Scotland and Northern Ireland the websites remain the same:
•Scotland SAAS (Student Awards Agency for Scotland)
•Northern Ireland : Student Finance Northern Ireland

It seems at the time of writing this that the organisations involved, including, have yet to update the information on their websites.

If you are planning to make an application for DSA it is recommended that you keep checking for updates and instructions on both and (or your relevant country site).

The DFES will also changing in the Spring and will become DIUS (The Department for Innovation Universities and Skills). Their new website explains: “This new Department brings together functions from two former departments. Science and innovation responsibilities from the Department of Trade and Industry. Skills, further and higher education from the Department for Education and Skills.”

Allowances for full-time and part-time higher education students

Maximums for full-time and part-time higher education students: 2009/2010

Type of allowance

Full-time students

Part-time students

Specialist equipment
£5,161 for entire course £5,161 for entire course

Non-medical helper
£20,520 a year £15,390 a year (depends on intensity of course)

General Disabled Students’ Allowances
£1,724 a year £1,293 a year (depends on intensity of course)

Maximums for full-time and part-time higher education students: 2008/2009

Type of allowance

Full-time students

Part-time students

Specialist equipment
£5,030 for entire course £5,030 for entire course

Non-medical helper
£20,000 a year £15,000 a year (depends on intensity of course)

General Disabled Students’ Allowances
£1,680 a year £1,260 a year (depends on intensity of course)

Allowances for postgraduate students

Postgraduate students (including Open University students and other distance learners) can apply for a single allowance to cover all costs.

The maximum allowance for 2009/2010 is £10,260. For 2008/2009 it is £10,000.

How they are paid

The money will either be paid into your account or directly to the supplier of the services – for example your university, college or equipment supplier.

Effect on other financial help

Disabled Students’ Allowances are not counted as income when working out your entitlement to benefits or tax credits.

Kinesiology helping children to concentrate better

Kinesiology is  an effective method  to test the body’s reactions to stress

be it  a food intolerance,an emotional problem, environmental pollution such as electricity mobile phone usage, television (EMR), learning difficulties associated with autism spectrum (kinaesthetic difficulties such as touch),or  noise pollution.

Kinesiology can test for concentration levels in children, their attention span and once tested dietary  requirements  to help with these can also be recommended..

Diet plays a crucial part in a child’s cognitive development. A diet rich in omega oils 3,6,9 from oily fish, flax seeds, together with good sources of protein such as in cheeses, beans pulses and curds such as soya will offset the cravings for processed food.

Improvements in school work are well researched and we can now  offer our clients  this testing service. Following a kinesiology test, recommendations including diet and our special multi sensory programme called The listening Programme (see separate blog info), which has amazing results on behaviour and academic studies, can be added.





ADD and the Listening Programme

LTS Learning is now an accredited provider of ‘The Listening Program ‘ The Listening Program is a music based Auditory stimulation method specially designed to train the brain to improve the auditory and sensory processing skills needed to function effectively . It is most beneficial to

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those with poor concentration and ADD as it works to calm down the areas of the brain that control works with sound frequencies and techniques  using classically based music and special bone conduction headphones that stimulate the auditory pathways to the brain

In fact anyone in the following groups can benefit from the Listening Program

Learning:attention study skills, higher study, performance skills

Communication language speech processing information literacy

intervention:theraputic,rehabititation, sensory needs such as motor coordination. The  programme can easily be carried out at home usually in two x 15 minute cycles allowing the parent or student to fit it around their daily routine.  Your LP provider will monitor your  progress over 3-6 months and provide adjustments where necessary. The benefits of this amazing programme  cannot be over emphasised. Call us now to discuss without obligation how your life or your child’s welfare can be improved by THE LISTENING PROGRAM.




Music programme helps with memory


Is  Structured activity  for children a good thing?

Could this be a breakthrough for those with poor concentration?

 Extract from The Listening Program(R) with reference and credits to Alan Heath  (TLP) and Nathan Urban Neuroscientist at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh.

Hippocampal Activity During Music Listening Exposes The Memory-Boosting Power of Music

For the first time the hippocampus – a brain structure crucial for creating long-lasting memories – has been observed to be active in response to recurring musical phrases while listening to music. Thus, the hippocampal involvement in long-term memory may be less specific than previously thought.

Less Structured Time in Children’s Daily Lives Predicts Self-Directed Executive Functioning (more…)

Singing ,piano and music theory tuition in Wolverhampton and Bridgnorth

LTS is adding more subjects including music  tuition.

Our tutors are all qualified teachers  either with music degrees or diplomas

We offer singing from popular to classical ,beginner (all ages) to  examinations, grades 1-8.

Piano grades 1-6

music theory -all levels

GCSE music course support

A level support

FREE initial  trial lesson