Extra Lesson® is an assessment and intervention program for children and adolescents with learning, behavioural and movement based difficulties. It’s origins are Steiner based, originally created by Audrey McAllen, a Waldorf teacher. The approach is holistic combining movement, speech, rhythm and painting. The Extra Lesson® program is based on the premise that difficulties in development are often due to disruptions in the developmental stages of the first seven years of life. This can result in poor spatial orientation and body awareness, sensory processing challenges, retained early movement patterns and co-ordination difficulties. Research supports the connection between learning difficulties and early childhood development and shows that regular movement and physical activity can help develop neural pathways in the brain. As a parent or teacher you will often see a child who is disengaged, distracted, underachieving, exhausted or frustrated by the learning process. By working on underlying barriers to learning, Extra Lesson® can offer your child a second chance to learn without this struggle. Extra Lesson® is a drug-free, non-invasive alternative for dyslexia, dyspraxia, ADHD, autism spectrum disorders, fine and gross motor problems, and reading, maths and spelling difficulties. A typical Extra Lesson® program involves a thorough assessment followed by weekly individual lessons tailored to each child’s needs.