Academic Success Program -- Chuck Cancilla, Ph.D.
- Just as children should see a pediatrician rather than a GP, children struggling in school should see a psychologist with ample experience in schools. As a school psychologist, I often received private evaluations and treatment recommendations that were unhelpful to school staff, misled families, and wasted valuable time and resources. This was not due to a lack of skill, but a lack of knowing how to strategically apply those skills in a school and classroom setting. Schools and classrooms today have many moving parts, to which any intervention must fit like a key to a lock to be successful.
In addition to effective traditional treatments, an early intervention program that students get excited about is also offered, called the Academic Success Program (ASP). The ASP is a highly specialized, therapy-based martial arts program for children and teens. Many prefer this as an alternative or supplement to traditional therapy.
Decades of research, supervised by experts, have found the ASP particularly effective for improving executive functions such as attention, focus, working memory, self-control, and behavioral regulation. Yet most importantly, overall classroom performance is improved. The ASP is also highly effective in developing leadership skills, for which many children presenting no parent or teacher reported concerns have historically been enrolled.
The ASP has been closely monitored by administrators in Gwinnett County Public Schools for years and to date 67 schools have participated. The program has been featured on the front page of the AJC and research results have been presented at local, regional, and national conferences. Please visit website (academicsuccessprogram.com) for details.