Effective & High Quality
Dr. McLean founded The McLean Learning Center in 2012 in order to provide individuals the highest quality and most effective interventions to address the underlying causes of learning difficulties.
Experience a Difference
Dr. McLean has chosen only the best programs that have been empirically validated. She has designed the learning center to identify and treat the root causes of learning problems so individuals may begin to enjoy a completely different school experience.
Dr. McLean is a school psychologist, and specializes in numerous developmental disabilities including Autism Spectrum Disorder, Attention Deficit Disorder, and Learning Disabilities.
We Can Help
- Children and Adults
- Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Learning Disabilities
- Slow learners
- Traumatic brain injury
- Poor grades
- Nonverbal learning disabilities
- Memory impairments
- Average students who want to be excellent
What is Brain Training?
Brain training is a simple but powerful way to enhance a student’s core ability to learn faster, easier, and better. The brain processes information through a complex network of nerve cells called neurons. As we learn, groupings of neurons physically work together to accomplish learning or thinking tasks. Research shows that additional, nearby neurons are drawn into this process when the task is new or unfamiliar, or when the intensity of the learning demand is increased. Once the task is mastered, the borrowed neurons are released to go back to other duties; however, the gains in efficiency and processing speed required for that task are retained and make learning-related tasks easier.
Who can you help?
We can help anyone who wants to learn, read, and think faster and easier. Our training exercises the brain in the same way that a fitness coach works your muscles, and results are similar—more strength to accomplish the task. We love to help anyone looking for an edge: students facing new challenges in preschool through college, career professionals, or those simply wanting to keep or refresh their mental edge for a fun, productive life. The training is truly life changing for students who struggle to learn, read, or pay attention. After training is complete, students regularly enjoy enhanced skills, improved grades, increased self-esteem, and increased confidence. This frequently leads to a restored love of learning.
How are you different from tutoring?
Tutoring simply attempts to reteach material that should already have been learned but was not. Before investing in tutoring, you should ask, “Why didn’t he learn this the first time it was presented?” Unless the answer is obvious (such as missing school for an extended period of time), tutoring will likely be a frustrating and expensive choice. We seek solutions with a different question: “How strong is his or her ability to learn?” In fact, testing designed to measure individual mental skills reveals that the majority of learning or reading difficulties among U.S. students is due to identifiable (and trainable) cognitive skill weaknesses. Our testing and training strengthens these key underlying mental skills that are essential for easy, fast learning across all subjects. If skills weakness is a root cause of your child’s learning struggle, tutoring simply cannot correct it.
How can attention be developed?
Neuroscience shows that by targeting and stimulating the underactive region of the brain responsible for the characteristics of inattention, attention can be strengthened. Therefore, the correct approach is the opposite of the usual accommodations. Attention develops when a person performs a task requiring attention while exposed to structured, distracting stimuli. This kind of intensity and distraction is at the core of our brain training exercises that are aimed at improving attention. Children and adults with ADHD benefit when the cognitive deficits associated with this disorder are strengthened.
About Dr. McLean
Dr. Carol McLean
Dr. Carol McLean graduated from Indiana State University in 2001 with a Ph.D. in School Psychology. She is a licensed psychologist specializing in psychological assessment and intervention. She specializes in numerous developmental disabilities including Autism Spectrum Disorder, Attention Deficit Disorder, and Learning Disabilities.
Dr. McLean completed her internship at Riley Hospital for Children, Child Development Center in Indianapolis, Indiana. She also worked for seven years in the public school setting as a district wide psychologist. She founded Developmental and Educational Psychological Services, DEPS, in 2003 in order to provide families and children the best of both clinical and educational psychological services in a private setting.Read More
Our Clients Say It Best
“Before coming to the McLean Learning Center my son hated school and was so frustrated we did not know how to help him anymore. Homework took hours to complete, he was in tears daily and felt he was “dumb”. After being evaluated and really understanding why school was so difficult we completed the PACE program. Within weeks we started to see improvements in attitude and confidence. Since completing the program my son enjoys school and sees himself as “smart.” So many things that were a struggle for him now flow. We are so grateful MLC was able to help and turn my son’s school experience around.”Jennifer D. Scottsdale
“My daughter’s teacher had recommended retention due to poor reading. We had her evaluated for special education services and she did not qualify despite failing grades. We brought her to the McLean Learning Center where she was reevaluated so we could understand her needs better. After completing Visualizing and Verbalizing her reading comprehension skills skyrocketed. For the first time she was able to understand what she was reading and she was able to translate her understanding verbally and in writing. We are so thrilled with her progress. By the end of the school year she was passing and enjoying school for the first time. We are so glad we did not retain her and took her to MCL. She no now longer experiences learning difficulties and her self-esteem is so much better.”Suzanne M. Mesa