Potential Realized.

Our Approach
by: Kimberly Hudson, Founder

I have spent the past two decades of my life working with students with learning challenges, and the prior two decades being one.  So, when I say that all children have a unique way of learning, it is not just a flowery statement. It is a conviction based on a lifetime of personal and professional experience.

As a student, I would have given anything to have people in my life who understood me, my unique brain wiring, and my potential. At The Curious Edge, we are committed to three beliefs:

  • Every child can learn.
  • It is our job to discover the best ways to help them learn.
  • Okay, we only have two beliefs.

Ray Wilbur, third president of Stanford University wrote, “The potential possibilities of any child are the most intriguing and stimulating in all creation.” In order to unlock the potential in any child we meet, we use a three-step process.

Whether we are working with an individual student or an entire faculty, we begin with a thorough assessment. It is critical to find out what is working and what is not so we can customize your intervention.

Without the right kind of assessment, you cannot determine the true root cause of your struggle. We take pride in offering the most comprehensive assessment available in order to be intentional about our strategies for improvement. We provide you, as the parent, teacher, or administrator data about true cause of your educational gaps. Then, we are able to customize a plan of action based on informed, calculated data.

From the assessment we determine areas of deficit in each student’s underlying cognitive skills. We compare this process to that of a computer.

Every computer reacts based on the code that has been programmed into it’s hard drive. In order to improve cognitive function, we must rewrite the underlying code.

Unlike other programs, the first phase of our pathway is a clinical intervention, completely based on neurological pathways. In the first phase of our intervention, we are looking for neurological roadblocks and using various methods to chip away at the roadblock. By beginning with a neurological breakthrough, we create a path for an academic breakthrough.

We call this phase of the pathway, “The Brainboost.” During this phase, we use targeted intervention to improve cognitive function. Then, once the cognitive function is strong and the pathway is clear, we look specifically at the academic skills that need to be addressed. These skills include reading, writing, and critical thinking skills.

Finally, once the neurological pathway is clear and the academic skill is strengthened, we address practices such as homework skills and strategies.

At the Curious Edge, we are certainly proud of the strides our students make in standardized test scores, reading accuracy rates, and reading fluency rates. We provide and pre-test and post-test for every intervention so parents and teachers can be confident that The Curious Edge Pathway works.

But, we see results in other ways as well.

Generally, after about three weeks of work, students will begin to verbalize that they feel the difference. Reading is easier. School is more fun. Recently, a high school student said, “I sat down and read fifty pages in a book. I didn’t want to put the book down! And I have NEVER liked reading.”

We see confidence grow. At the beginning of the pathway, students are often hesitant. They walk into our office dejected. Shoulders slumped. Eyes down. Discouraged. And after a few weeks, they have a new spring in their step! They make eye contact with our staff and ask questions. They share stories of success with energy and excitement.

They come in as Eeyore and leave as Tigger.