Focus Forward Learning LLC is owned and operated by Heather Sommers, a certified Learning Specialist with a Masters in Special Education and over 15 years of professional experience. We provide multi-sensory remediation for students in pre-kindergarten through fifth grade in our private office in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood. Stocked with multi-sensory materials, grade appropriate curriculum and with the space for movement based activities, we meet the individual needs of students using hands-on tools to accommodate diverse learning styles. We develop cross-curricular strategies and use evidence based methods including Orton-Gillingham, to tailor learning to build foundational literacy skills.
Focus Forward Learning uses evidence-based programs and hands-on strategies to improve learning outcomes and foster students’ confidence. We collaborate with faculty from prestigious Chicago Independent schools, including Latin School of Chicago and Francis Parker, that allows for partnerships between student, family, school and community.
Heather’s professional experience includes establishing and leading a learning support program at a Chicago private school for ten years, as well as teaching within the public school system in San Francisco, Montessori schools and consulting with parochial and private schools in Chicago. She is experienced in creating and implementing learning plans for diverse learners who have been diagnosed with language based defecits.
Professional certifications in a number of programs, including Wilson Reading System; Orton-Gillingham; Handwriting Without Tears; and Read Naturally, combined with movement based learning through yoga and Brain Gym, help us to deliver a fully rounded curriculum tailored to each child’s individual needs.