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On Point Education Services LLC

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Who We Are

On Point Education Services LLC, is a multi-faceted company providing assistance to students, adults, paraeducators, and administrators.

For children in grades 2-12, On Point Education Services provides explicit language-based instruction, academic support, and help with organizational skills, study skills, and test taking strategies. Each session is designed to meet the unique needs of the student.  We also provide academic support on a short-term basis to students who have been suspended or expelled from school.

On Point Education Services provides instruction for the GED, SAT, PRAXIS, and paraprofessional tests by teaching to the test. Our educators have a clear understanding of the goals, requirements, and strategies to gain success with each assessment.

In addition, On Point Education Services offers two structured training programs. The Other Adult in the Classroom is an comprehensive training program that provides your staff with a brief history of Special Education focusing on legislation and the IEP, an overview of disabilities and accommodations, and provides your staff with a toolbox of activities to help them differentiate instruction. Raising Readers gives parents the strategies they need to instill a love for reading in their young children 6 months to 2 years of age.
Students come to On Point because they are not meeting their potential. The grades received in school  do not reflect the student’s ability. Many of our students have learning difficulties related to ADD, ADHD, dyslexia, or have issues related to executive functioning or auditory processing. These students frequently need support outside of school to help with organization, phonics, long-term projects and test preparation. The benefit of having weekly individualized sessions with a certified and highly-qualified educator cannot be overstated.

Adult learners at On Point frequently had ADD, ADHD, or dyslexia as a child and continue to benefit from help with organization, writing, and test preparation. Other adults come to On Point because English is their second language or because they are anxious about completing an exam or assignment and would like support.

At On Point Education Services, students and parents can expect the following:

  • Free consultation
  • Individualized program designed to meet specific needs of the student
  • Informal assessments for learning style, phonemic awareness, syllabication, fluency and comprehension
  • Grade monitoring via online grading portal
  • Help organizing for long-term projects, essays, and exams
  • Detailed session notes emailed within 24 hours of the session
  • Weekly communication with parents via email or by phone
  • Communication with school personnel as needed
Melinda

Business owner Melinda Dombrowski, B.S. Special Education and M.S. Elementary Education, has worked in the field of Special Education for over 25 years. She has taught a variety of individuals with learning needs, including those with ADHD, ADD, Autism, Specific Learning Disability, Dyslexia, Non-verbal Learning Disability, Emotional Disturbance, and Executive Functioning issues. As an educator in both private and public schools, she has taught all academic areas. Her specific areas of expertise are language arts, writing, and literacy.

Outside of the classroom, Melinda has successfully prepared students for the reading and writing portions of the SAT, tutored struggling students in academic subjects, and provided coaching for students with executive functioning issues. She has also worked with adults as a TEAM mentor for beginning teachers, a tutor preparing adults to take the GED and PRAXIS assessments, and an instructor providing in-services for paraprofessionals. 

Melinda understands that education is a dialogue and hopes to share this with her students.

“I am not a teacher, but an awakener.” 

― Robert Frost

"Education is not for learning facts, but for training the mind to think."

― Albert Einstein

What We Do

For Students

Literacy Skills

  • ✔ Help students improve reading and writing skills with evidenced-based strategies such as the Orton-Gillingham approach
  • ✔ Multisensory, multimodal, and sequential lessons are tailored to support individual learning styles
  • ✔ Pre, post, and intermittent assessments gauge student progress

 

Executive Functioning Skills

  • ✔ Help students gain executive functioning skills essential to academic success, including organization, time management, metacognition, working memory, self-control, task initiation, and flexibility
  • ✔ Individualized lessons give students concrete strategies that lead to greater self-awareness and improved grades 

 

Suspended / Expelled Students

  • ✔ Help students keep pace with their classes and successfully re-enter school

 

Academic Tutoring

  • ✔ Test prep including SAT
  • ✔ Individualized support for specific academic assignments
  • ✔ Help with essay and report writing
  • ✔ Catch-up after absences or an illness

 

Other

  • ✔ If your need is not listed above, we may be able to help. Please contact us to discuss your situation.

Come in for a free consultation

For Adults

Test Prep

  • Individually-tailored instruction for GED, PRAXIS, and Paraprofessional assessments
  • Students gain familiarity with test format, test-taking savvy, and comprehension strategies
  • Test anxiety is alleviated and confidence improves

 

Report Writing

  • Personalized instruction includes assistance with vocabulary, transitions, and editing
  • Gain organizational and task initiation skills
  • Templates and models of successful writing

 

 

Other

  • If your need is not listed above, we may be able to help. Please contact us to discuss your situation.

 

Come in for a free consultation

Professional Training

The Other Adult in the Classroom

  • Training for paraprofessionals to maximize classroom skills
  • Modules include:
  • Brief history of Special Education
  • The IEP
  • Disabilities and accommodations
  • Differentiating assignments
  • Maintaining classroom structure
  • Developing positive educational relationships

Literacy Training

Beyond Raising Readers

  • Early literacy training for parents and children,
    6 – 24 months
  • Modules include:
  • Introducing books
  • Teaching literacy without books
  • Beginning writing
  • Understanding sounds
  • Learning through art

 

Contact us to set up your training

Testimonials

"My son got an A on his science midterm and a B on his language arts midterm and passed his two most difficult classes. A major miracle thanks to you!!!"
Liz mom of Sean (9th grade)

"As a professional, with English as my second language, going over vocabulary and strategies for answering reading comprehension questions with Melinda, helped me pass my  PRAXIS. Thank you!!"
—Claudia - Social Worker and Educator

“Xavier began working with Melinda and on his next report card, he had improved in all areas. Melinda also wrote a letter to school personnel recommending additional testing for Xavier. After the school completed the testing, Xavier began to receive the occupational therapy and speech services.”    
—Sharon, grandmother of Xavier (2nd grade)

"The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled."

Plutarch

Events and Specials

School Year Special

20% off  our regular price with a 10-month commitment (40 sessions )

In office cost $192 per month

Out of office cost $224 per month



Pictures from the Bloomfield Back to School Fair....Great Fun!!!







"The mind once enlightened cannot again become dark."

― Thomas Paine

Philosophy

At On Point Education Services we believe education should….

  • Have a purpose
  • Meet a need
  • Solve a problem
  • Accomplish a goal
  • Be student-specific
  • Be multi-faceted
  • Be time-limited
  • Be a dialogue
  • Improve a life

Come in for a free consultation

"Intelligence plus character-that is the goal of true education."

― Martin Luther King Jr.

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Executive Functioning Issues

What Does That Mean?

You have been told you have issues with executive functioning. What does that mean? Executive functioning is described as the ability to manage oneself and one’s surroundings such that a goal can be accomplished or work can get done. The keyword here being manage. When a person has difficulty completing such tasks due of problems with self-regulation, organization, flexibility, task initiation, time management, and self-control, they are said to have executive functioning issues otherwise known as executive dysfunction. Executive Functioning issues tend to piggyback other learning disabilities such as ADD/ADHD or LD with an onset at or after puberty. Although Executive Dysfunction is neurologically-based, it is not a specific disorder under DSM-5 but instead considered as symptoms present in many psychiatric disorders.

In fact, presenting individuals may not be fully aware of the symptoms; however, they are definitely aware of the outcomes. For example, a student realizes he is flunking math, but doesn’t understand the role time management, organization, working memory, or task initiation play to produce the ‘F’. An adult frustrated because the bills are piling up, doesn’t see the importance of planning, time management and perseverance. Other examples include, the man who wants to lose weight but doesn’t go to the gym, diet, or have a goal or the woman who wants a new job but will only work within 5 miles of her home. Individuals with executive functioning issues are aware of their failings, but are unaware or unable to adapt necessary strategies to improve the situation.

There are approximately 12 areas of weakness associated with executive dysfunction. These areas include: planning, organization, task initiation, time management, working memory, self-control, flexibility, and perseverance. For each of these areas of weakness there are known and successful strategies for improvement. In order to improve, individuals need help from others. Frequently no time is provided in school for students to work on these strategies and adults with executive dysfunction, who have not learned life changing strategies have few resources available to them without an additional diagnosis.

However, with guidance or support from a friend or family member, some effective strategies can be easily implemented and immensely helpful for individuals with executive functioning issues. The first step is forming a goal. Once the goal is set it needs to be placed in a prominent location such as on the refrigerator or bathroom mirror. The goal can be simple, but must be specific such as walk to the mailbox or pay the rent Thursday. Adding notifications on your phone as a prompt to complete the task is also helpful: “It’s 7:00, time to do homework.” or “It’s 7:00. Is your homework finished?” The calendar on your phone can also be a great tool to help individuals remember important family birthdays and events as they work toward their goals. To help with task initiation, place signs with the words “What should I be doing right now.? in strategic locations around the house such as next to the bed or by the television. This can provide an impetus to get something done. Writing specific tasks on sticky notes is also helpful.

Many additional strategies are available to individuals with EFD each focusing on the specific needs of the individual and exploring the internet is a great place to begin learning. I’ve include a link to help you begin your journey.  ADDitude Magazine

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"Knowledge will bring you the opportunity to make a difference."

― Claire Fagin

Contact Us

On Point Education Services LLC

Located on the Windsor- Bloomfield line (exit 37 off Rt. 91) and serving Greater Hartford County

Phone

(860) 607-3226

Address

360 Bloomfield Ave
Suite 301
Windsor, CT 06095