S: Sensory/Perceptual Abilities
The ability of the child to process and make sense of what he/she hears, sees, touches, etc.

M: Motor Skills Abilities
The ability to use body awareness, space awareness, and rhythmical awareness as applied to gross motor and fine motor movements.

I: Intellectual Abilities
The ability to think and reason to solve problems using both cognitive and creative abilities.

L: Language Abilities.
The ability to use language to communicate (listening and speaking) and to develop the skills regarding sound-symbol relationships as a base for reading and writing.

E: Emotional Abilities
The ability to understand self and others and to learn how to manage and regulate impulses in pursuit of personal goals.

S: Social Abilities
The ability to cooperate and interact with others.

Sharon Ramski has been added to FranCenter’s full-time staff. Sharon is a graduate of Illinois State University with a BA in Education and a MA in Reading Instruction from Concordia University. Sharon has taught at the junior high levels at Saint Barbara School in the Archdiocese of Chicago for the past 10 years. She has also taught at All Saints-St. Anthony School in Chicago. For the past year, Sharon has had experience working with individual children as an academic therapist at the FranCenter Clinic. Sharon is responsible for bringing Early Childhood diagnostic and teacher training services directly to school sites. “These on-site services will help schools identify and address the needs of young children, pre-K through 3rd grade, where you can have the most significant impact on their development,” said Dr. Marciante. For a S.M.I.L.E.S. brochure explaining FranCenter’s Early Childhood Diagnostic assessment program,click on the link below.

When comprehensive neuro-psychological testing is necessary, clients are referred to the FranCenter Clinic in Darien, Illinois or FranCenter North in Niles, Illinois.   Teachers and principals often contact the Center for a pre-referral consultation regarding a child they are concerned about. “Clinic services are so important,” says Dr. Marciante, “because public schools districts delay testing while students go through RTI hoops.”


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