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Welcome to the Sarasota Educational Resource Center

SERC Sarasota Venice - Play Attention - Reading Programs

Since 1981 the Sarasota Educational Resource Center has helped students in Sarasota, Florida and the surrounding areas.

People travel to our Sarasota Center from Bradenton, Venice, Arcadia, Palmetto, North Port, Port Charlotte, Punta Gorda, Nokomis, Osprey, Englewood, Bradenton Beach, Ellenton, Lakewood Ranch, Palmer Ranch, Long Boat Key, Siesta Key and Anna Maria Island.

We pride ourselves on the progress of our students by providing a loving/caring environment where each student is encouraged to achieve his or her potential.

The emphasis of the Center is customized ONE-on-ONE tutoring programs for all ages and ability levels. Our services run the gamut from remediation to enrichment. The staff specializes in helping those with Dyslexia, Visual and Auditory Processing, Learning Disabilities (LD), and Attention Deficit Disorder (AD/HD). We provide challenging programs that go beyond the conventional classroom materials.

It is important to note that we only tutor children that we can help and we do not require any pre-payments or contracts, except for Licensed Programs.

SERC Sarasota Processing and Cognitive Enhancement (PACE)

Below is an overview of SERC'S Programs and Services:

Reading Programs

All students are initially evaluated by our team and a customized one-on-one Reading Program is designed for individual needs. The Programs used are from the following list:

Lindamood-Bell- Phoneme Program
Wilson Reading System - Phonics based reading program
Orten Gillingham - Phonics based reading program
Master the Code - Reading and Spelling
Primary Phonics
Fast ForWord - Language Processing
Dyslexia remediation and testing with a PhD Reading Specialist on Staff

Tests are used to diagnose Dyslexia and other Reading Problems

Brain Training Programs are:

Processing and Cognitive Enhancement (PACE)
BrainWare Safari
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (C-BAT)

Play Attention

These programs are licensed and brief descriptions of each follow:

Processing and Cognitive Enhancement (PACE)
This program is designed to train cognitive ability and develop learning skills. PACE benefits those with problems:
The program requires three (3) hours per week hours for 10 ½ to 11 weeks, plus parent involvement. Free screening provided.

BrainWare Safari

BrainWare Safari is a revolutionary software program that builds intellectual capacity by incorporating neuroscience with video-game technology to strengthen foundational cognitive skills, including attention, memory, visual and auditory processing, sensory integration, and thinking. It develops the skills critical for learning, and provides the Student with a stronger foundation for academ

ic and workplace success. Students who have completed the PACE Program can benefit from BrainWare Safari.

SERC Sarasota -Venice

Cognitive-Behavioral Attention (C-BAT)

This program was designed for the treatment of AD/HD and is effective for all students, whether or not they are being treated with medication. The behaviors targeted by (C-BAT) are the following:

Following directions
Self control
Self esteem
Staying on task for a designated period of time

Play Attention

This program is a learning system designed to train students to become more attentive. It can help those suffering from attention deficit disorder (AD/HD) to become more attentive and focused. Special games are used that work off brain power. This system uses a sensor lined helmet attached to a module which plugs into a Personal Computer (PC). It monitors brain waves associated with attention and processing. The program requires 40 to 60 hours of training.
Other Programs and Activities:

Below is an overview of other SERC Programs and Services:

Psychological, Educational, Cognitive, LD, AD/HD, and Gifted Evaluations are available via affiliated licensed School and PhD Psychologists. These professionals are familiar with area schools as well as the applicable local and state regulations. Testing for Dyslexia is provided by a PhD Reading Specialist on Staff.

FastForWordSERC - One-on-One tutorial, remediation and enrichment programs

Fast ForWord is a technology-based language training founded on the principles of optimal learning.

FastForWord is comprised of computer exercises that work to improve critical language skills necessary to read or become more efficient readers.

Intensive 4 to 8 week training changes the way the brain processes information. Scientifically validated data by independent research studies reveal an average of one to two year improvement in language skills.

Study Skills

Study Skills Classes are available for 5th thru 12th Grade. Students are tested to determine their learning style. The results of these tests offer hints on how the student learns most efficiently and effectively. When the evaluation confirms that the student is an auditory learner, a visual learner or a combination of both then an appropriate program is designed. The program then teaches the student how to study for optimal results.

Home Schooling

Parents are given materials and options available for home schooling. There are scheduled meetings throughout the school year involving the parents and student for the purpose of evaluating and monitoring the progress of the home school student. Year end evaluations are provided for the student.

Summer Programs

Most of SERC's Programs are also offered during the summer in both Sarasota and Venice The Hours are 9am to 6pm, Monday thru Friday. For further information see "Summer Programs" in the Programs Drop Down Menu.


Tutoring is available for all subjects and grades. SERC'S teachers tutor Reading, Written Language, English, Math (including Pre-Algebra, Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, and Calculus), Sciences (including Physics and Chemistry). We also prepare students for FCAT, SAT/ACT and GED Tests. Enrichment tutoring is an important part of our programming.

All of SERC's Staff are qualified and experienced teachers. They are trained in teaching children with Dyslexia, Attention Deficits, and Learning Difficulties. It is important to note that we only tutor children that we can help and we do not require any pre-payments or contracts, except for Licensed Programs.

People travel to our Centers from Sarasota, Bradenton, Venice, Arcadia, Palmetto, North Port, Port Charlotte, Punta Gorda, Englewood, Nokomis, Osprey, Bradenton Beach, Ellenton, Lakewood Ranch, Palmer Ranch, Long Boat Key, Siesta Key and Anna Maria Island

For more information about the Sarasota Educational Resource Center call (941) 924-2778.