Academic Success Program -- Chuck Cancilla, Ph.D.

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  1. Just as children should see a pediatrician rather than a general practitioner, children struggling in school should see a specialist with ample experience in schools. Classrooms today have many moving parts, to which any intervention must fit like a glove to be successful—and that requires specialized training and years of experience.
Suwanee Elementary School (Gym)
3875 Smithtown Rd.
Suwanee, Georgia 30024
United States
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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 71 public and private schools across 3 counties have participated. The program has been featured on the front page of the Atlanta Journal Constitution and research results have been presented at local, regional, and national conferences. Please visit website ( for details.

Sessions are Tuesdays and Thursdays (5:00pm - 6:00pm) in the gym at Suwanee Elementary School. Sessions follow the Gwinnett County School calendar (no school-no session). Students are to attend twice weekly. Based on research regarding effectiveness, families are asked to commit to a minimum of 8 weeks, but most remain longer. There are no contracts and students may enroll at any time during the school year.