Tools for Successful Learning: The Epilepsy Institute of NC Behavioral Health Center

As every mom and dad knows, keeping the lines of communication open between students, teachers, and parents is absolutely crucial to school success. That “village” includes professionals who make it their mission to give parents and school personnel just the right tools to help them discern the most successful techniques for every child.

The Epilepsy Institute of North Carolina and Behavioral Health Center is a 501 (3) (C) non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of individuals of all ages. By adding medical and psychological services to their variety of treatments, this passionate group has also widened their reach to offer Academic Achievement Testing.

Certified WILSON Language teacher and tutor, Melanie Todd, specializes in both academic testing and dyslexia screening as a means of helping all school-aged children—both current public and private school students and those who are home-schooled—reach the success they deserve. Her range of academic testing covers reading, in the form of comprehension, fluency, spelling, and written language, and math, in terms of calculations, problem-solving, and fluency.

“I love working with children who have learning challenges,” says Melanie, who joined the Epilepsy Institute in 2006. “Using the WILSON Language System is rewarding, because students who are not successful in a traditional classroom setting will find success in themselves,” she says.

Since Melanie’s evaluations provide grade and age equivalents, as well as standard scores in each area, it’s an opportunity for parents to receive long-sought-after information about how well their child is performing. By recognizing their child’s very specific individual challenges, parents can better communicate with both the child and his or her teacher. “It is rewarding to see parents understanding their child and how to help be a successful part of their education,” she says.

Melanie works with students ages six to 17, enrolled in grades K–12, and tutors as well as providing testing. She recommends yearly testing because it best reflects growth in each area, and every positive step in the right direction is a step towards personal success!

For more information on the services of the Epilepsy Institute of NC/Behavioral Health Center call 336-659-8202, visit them in person at 1311 Westbrook Plaza Drive, #100, Winston-Salem, NC 27103, or online at Contact Melanie Todd by phone or e-mail,




Top 10 Signs of a Learning Disorder:

As an involved parent, take notice of your child’s habits and you can catch a learning issue early on.

  • Lack of enthusiasm for reading or writing
  • Trouble memorizing things
  • Working at a slow pace
  • Trouble following directions
  • Trouble staying focused on a task
  • Difficulty understanding abstract ideas
  • Lack of attention to detail
  • Paying too much attention to detail and becoming obsessed with one element
  • Poor social skills
  • Disruptiveness