Take the Guesswork Out of Learning Difficulties

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Why Children Struggle With Learning

Each child is a natural born learner - as long as a parent or teacher takes the time to discover how they learn best. My learning style approach builds upon the theory of multiple intelligences introduced in the early 1980’s. Among other things, I’ve discovered that there are 120 different OptiKode Learning Styles and that no two OptiKodes in a family are ever the same. Though that may sound like a lot of diversity, I offer parents a simple, customized learning plan that matches their child’s OptiKode. This unlocks and brings out the natural born learner in struggling learners, allowing for lasting breakthroughs to occur.

Whether you come for a one time OptiKode Learning Style evaluation to discover what your child’s OptiKode is or bring your child for weekly one-on-one sessions with me, you will be joining the hundreds of families in Contra Costa County who have gotten the answers they’ve been looking for with OptiKodes Academy.

Discover Your Child’s OptiKode Learning Style

What is an OptiKode?

The Five Learning Pathways are:

  • Seeing Dominant - Being SIGHT SMART: learning through images, visual processing, graphics and design

  • Hearing Dominant - Being SOUND SMART: learning through hearing, verbal processing, music and dialogue

  • Moving Dominant - Being BODY SMART: learning through hands-on, concrete and physical experience

  • Reading Dominant - Being BOOK SMART: learning through reading, writing and linguistic experience

  • Thinking Dominant - Being NUMBER SMART: learning through analytical, mathematical, and systematic thought

The Dormant and Dominant Part of Each OptiKode

Each OptiKode chart has five modalities that are used in a ranked order. The three outer colors have the highest number rankings and are considered the 3 DOMINANT ways your child learns. The two inner colors have lower numbers and are the 2 DORMANT ways your child learns.  So much is revealed in their Dominant and Dormant modalities - why your child is gifted in some areas of the school curriculum and challenged in others.

All struggling learners have a predictable layout in their OptiKode which puts them at risk in traditional school settings. For these learners, the gold Reading Modality is Dormant - see OptiKode image below. Being Reading Dormant makes this child a nontraditional learner who will struggle in reading and be identified as having learning difficulties. The solution for these nontraditional learners is to use their 3 DOMINANT modalities to teach to their natural strengths. This is guaranteed to unlock their success and restore their confidence and self-esteem.

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The outer three rings are Dominant.

The inner two rings are Dormant.


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OptiKodes Academy Founder Kimberley Lemyre Blackburn, MA

KIMBERLEY’S PASSION IS PARENT EDUCATION AND SHARING HER EXPERTISE WITH FAMILIES SO THEY BECOME THE EXPERTS IN THEIR CHILD'S SUCCESS. SHE BRINGS HER FORMER PROFESSIONAL WORK AS A CHILD PSYCHOTHERAPIST INTO HER WORK AND HELPS HER STUDENT’S PSYCHOLOGICAL WELL-BEING RECOVER.


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