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How the Pearl Center Got Its Name
Like any other therapy, educational therapy aims to strengthen weak areas. For educational therapy, cognitive therapy, the weak areas are in the brain and how information is processed. It is hard work, asking the student to do all the things he finds difficult. For Austin, it was processing auditory information and acting on it. We call it working memory; something Russell Barkley says is "remembering so as to do."
To work on this deficit, I gave Austin a sentence and asked him to repeat it verbatim. If he missed even one small part, I repeated the sentence, never indicating where the error was, only that there was an error, and he would try again. One day, the sentences I chose were about how a pearl is made. I repeated each sentence, and Austin listened and labored to repeat each line correctly. Finally, we finished the sentences, and both of us were exhausted.
"Austin," I said," that was difficult, and you succeeded. With your response and hard work to do something that doesn't feel good, like the grain of sand in the oyster, you are making a pearl.
That Christmas, 12-year-old Austin gave me a beautiful pearl in a silver box. I had the pearl put on a white gold necklace, and I wear it often.
When Austin saw a notebook on my desk, he asked about it. "Well, Austin," I said, "I think God has more in mind for me than this room and one student at a time. I think he wants more students to be impacted. Someday I think he wants a place where more students can find help."
"That will be Mrs. Ringger's school for pearls," Austin said.
When we opened the Pearl Center, Austin had the prayer of dedication. He has a special place in my heart because he has such a wonderful heart.
When God wants to make a pearl, he uses hard things, and when we respond with hard work and faithfulness, he does just that.
Qualified Professionals backed by 40 years of Research
We believe that what sets us apart is our intensive individualized educational therapy offered by certified professionals. We use well researched intervention designed to develop strengths and to stimulate deficits in learning and perception to help students become independent learners in relation to academics and in social/emotional understanding.
PEARL CENTER TESTIMONIALS
Only God could have brought us to the most amazing school for our son, diagnosed 10 years ago with high functioning Autism, ADD/ high impulsiveness, anxiety, learning disabilities, OCD, speech difficulties. We are so grateful for the last 9 years that David has been at The Pearl learning from the BEST faculty anywhere! These beautiful godly precious ladies have been everything and more he has needed to become the young man he is today! Thanking Jesus always for The Pearl Center for Learning where our children are so loved.
The Pearl Center helped me realize that just because you have a disability it doesn’t mean you are different. The Pearl Center helped me gain the knowledge and experience to focus on my needs and goals. The teachers and therapists at Pearl really take their time to get to know each and every student that walks into the building. They are there to help make each and every one of your possibilities become reality. One thing that stuck with me while I attended Pearl was “Just a moment let me think”. Because I went to Pearl I was able to gain the confidence and knowledge to move on from Pearl and earn my GED and graduate from high school. I now attend college at local community college.
The Pearl Center for Learning provided my daughter Abby with opportunities to learn on more of an individual basis and pace. The smaller class size, along with excellent teaching, allowed her to progress and become confident as a student with a disability. The therapy she received twice weekly also was an amazing addition to Abby's growth, from the perceptual aspect as well as cognitive. She also learned accountability and enjoyed helping others as needed. I am so grateful to Mrs. Ringger, Mrs.Driscoll, and ALL the staff that were a part of Abby's educational needs and progress. Abby continues to drop by the Pearl Center on occasion to share her progress, from passing the GED, as well as classes she is taking at Greenville Tech. She will forever feel a bond to the Pearl Center, as I know SHE knows a big part of who she is today can be attributed to the six years of love and care she received.
With an abundance of gratitude,
My daughter has learned more about her unique abilities and how to tap into them as well as so many ways to adapt. She has grown more confident. I am always telling people about our great experience! It is the best value for my money invested. I just cannot believe the results! I love everything!
Dawson had been a progressing, or at least not a regressing child, his entire life, until 2019-2020. For the first time we were no longer seeing the progress with his math, reading or writing in which so many professionals had poured so much time, energy and effort into in the past. It seemed we had collectively hit a wall. And we froze. Dawson’s Developmental Pediatrician, after academic evals, testing and assessments suggested we enroll him with The Pearl Center. So, his next chapter in life with Pearl Center started in 9/2020, with Mrs. Marks. Mrs. Marks has been an absolute blessing and we could not have asked for anyone more perfect for our son. She has been working diligently with not only our son, but our family to help Dawson navigate, manage, overcome his struggles, particularly in reading, writing and math. Dawson’s Middle School has graciously “partnered” with Pearl Center in ensuring his time with Mrs. Marks was most advantageous not only for him, but also the lines of communication between all parties were wide open and we were all on the same team, same goals and same direction. It’s been, in our case, seamless. Dawson has not only flourished in these years at Pearl Center but it is directly reflecting in his successes at school and at home. The partnership with Pearl Center and our family is anything but a partnership, we are family. The staff with Pearl Center are absolutely 1000% invested in our child’s whole success, and we could not be happier with where he is at this point. We are beyond excited for his future and are so thankful for the hearts and minds walking alongside us and teaching us all.
Corey and Kristy S.
My wife and I recently enrolled our daughter in The Pearl Center. Our daughter has acute auditory processing disorder, and even at 19 years old is struggling in school and perhaps more importantly, socially. We almost signed her up just before Covid hit and stopped pursuing it for a while. The pandemic was a real setback to our daughter, and her disability may have even regressed. She asked for help, and we pursued Pearl Center again. One, Lucy loves going and loves the rigorous therapy/education she is getting. I even got to observe a session and was impressed by how hard she and her instructor worked. I went through a wide range of emotions observing, an odd combination of painful, yet encouraging. It is painful as a parent to see your child struggle, but it is encouraging to see the resources available at The Pearl Center. It is too early (she just started this fall) to claim success, but we do see some improvement in her, and we are excited to see how she develops after meaningful time there. It has brought optimism and is very encouraging to see our daughter engaged and working so hard. We highly recommend it for children of any age struggling with learning disabilities.
Rick and Mary W.
Our son is like a new child. He is no longer on anxiety medication and had his ADHD medication cut in half. He has gained weight and for the first time in his life he is happy in school. He comes home excited about what he is learning and wants to go to school. We can hardly put into words the difference that Pearl has done for our son. We were sure that he was going to quit school as soon as legally possible but now he is talking about high school and college. This was never even mentioned prior to Pearl.
Adam and Carrie C.
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