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The History of Empowered Learning Transformation Centers

Herb Bilick, Ph.D., has been awarded the 2015 Patients’ Choice Award.
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For over 20 years, Empowered Learning Transformation Centers have helped learners of any age and ability break through to peak performance levels in the areas of learning, focus, and attention.

The Empowered Learning™ Program is a proprietary fusion of educational and medical technologies that works below the level of content learning to measure, then fix underdeveloped abilities by changing brain and mind/body integration. These abilities determine a person’s ability to learn content, as well as how much energy he or she uses to learn that content. Additionally, the Empowered Learning™ Program improves physical performance in the areas of balance and coordination, which can often improve athletic performance.

Research and developments in neurology over the last 30 years have shown that the brain is not static and can be rewired (neuroplasticity). This has validated the ELTC approach of effectively “rewiring” the brain by increasing and strengthening the neural pathways, which has a positive effect on an individual’s ability to learn.

From transitioning over 700 students dealing with learning difficulties and labels like “ADHD” off powerful medications to enabling good students to cut their homework time by as much as two-thirds to providing relief to adult professionals straining to keep up with heavy workloads, the Empowered Learning™ Program provides peak-performance seekers of every stripe the means to achieve their potential.

Success Stories

 

Over the past 20 years, ELTC has successfully empowered thousands of learners and transformed their lives. Our programs have helped people of every age and ability increase their emotional intelligence, develop new cognitive abilities and learning skills, enhance their gross and fine motor skills and become more confident, focused individuals. Whether for students, professionals, athletes or people who simply want to reduce stress and increase performance, our individualized programs can provide measurable success. Here are some of those success stories.

 
My daughter is a two-sport athlete at her high school who struggles with focus and coordination. In the fall, I’d watch her miss passes in field hockey and in the spring, her tennis swing would be a few seconds too late. We enrolled her in the Empowered Learning Transformation program to correct these issues and improve her game. By her junior year, she was on the varsity team for both sports and one of the key playmakers for her field hockey team. What we weren’t expecting was a big increase in her confidence level and keener focus on her homework. Her teachers reported that her performance and focus had notably improved. We noticed homework took less time and that she seemed more relaxed. We signed on with ELTC for focus and coordination in the context of sports and were thrilled at the positive impact it had in all areas of our daughter’s performance, taking her from a stressed B student to a calmer, more confident A student as well. We have much to be thankful for and owe a great deal to ELTC’s fine trainers, Peter and Dr. Bilick.
— Rob F., Redbank, NJ
I want to thank you for your help on everything. I remember the time when I was still in workbooks and I couldn’t find out what this word meant and you helped me find it in the dictionary. I remember thinking how wonderful it was to have you helping me… I also remember the quarter turns and how I just couldn’t get it right. But you were right there and I remember finding enough courage to keep going and I got it right. I know I couldn’t have done that without you. I just wanted to thank you for everything you’ve done for me. I will never forever you ever for as long as I live.
— Bridget P., student
I want to express my gratitude to the staff for a job well done. Thanks to their efforts, Brittany has finally turned the corner in so many ways. Her teachers and I have seen reading, writing, and social skills improve. I now see higher state test scores and real improvement in grades. But the most impressive change by far is the confidence she has acquired. Her focus has shifted from perceived failures into conversations about positive goals and dreams for her future.

For Brittany, the program took longer than the original estimate, but the results exceeded my expectations. I also experienced a transformation since my initial visit when the plan was to resume the AHAD drug therapy. This approach seemed more a ‘band-aid’ than a solution, but was the only one offered at that time. For me, this program was a last ditch effort to avoid the drugs rather than a true belief it would work. But that has all changed and now I would recommend ELTC to any parent in this same situation.
— Maryanne D., parent
I cannot thank all of you enough for all you’ve done to help my son, Nicholas. I consider this program to be ‘my miracle.’ I have seen such a difference in Nicholas’ schoolwork, self-esteem and physical abilities. Nicholas’ ITBS scores were 78th percentile last year and this year are at the 89th percentile… It takes him less time to study for his tests and he is able to sit and do his homework each day without me constantly trying to get him to re-focus. Nicholas’ teacher has seen improvements in his attention span. I have also noticed that Nicholas has gotten better in sports. He is more focused and is able to ride a bike! He was having so much trouble last year because he couldn’t balance himself, but now he can!

I recommend this program to everyone I know who has attention problems. As a teacher, I have recommended this program to present and past students. It is a truly amazing program!
— Laura R., Parent and teacher
I was diagnosed with ADHD in my teens and began taking Ritalin at 15. I felt stigmatized by the label and hated the nausea and nervousness from the medication. That anxiety led my then-pediatrician to prescribe anxiety and depression medications, which really sidetracked my ability to maintain my team sports and grades. Thanks to Peter Riddle and the Stamford, CT team, I am off medication for the first time in 17 years. Peter’s initial assessment showed DIAGNOSIS, which presents in kids with restlessness. I have felt robbed of my teens by a label slapped on me by my teachers and pediatrician and am grateful to Peter for getting me off medication and on track. My company paid for the treatment as part of a productivity enhancement initiative. It was an investment that has helped so many people in so many ways.
— Mike R., former student
I’m in my second year of law school and have been finally stopped struggling thanks to the Empowered Learning team. I’ve always been an A student in spite of working much harder than my siblings and peers. My trouble spots were focus, organization and time management. Words seemed to literally jump around the page making reading and comprehension impossible. I’d get distracted and lose track of time, leaving me scrambling to complete assignments and completely stressed. After a year in the Empowered Learning program, I relearned the basics of learning and was given tools and techniques to focus and organize myself better. I’m still an A student, but now I have a lot less stress and lots more time. I wish I knew about Empowered Learning when I was in elementary school because it would have made my life so much easier. Thanks especially to Peter and Dr. Bilick.
— Lee F., professional and former student
Having a child who struggles in school is a huge concern. While our son was intellectually capable of participating in school, he did not fully fit in. Teachers described him as inattentive, disorganized, and said he lacked pride in his work. The school advised us to seek a pediatrician and the pediatrician suggested some medications we could try. Our position was to seek the cause for his behavior. We felt if we could get to the root of the issues then we stood a chance to permanently alter them, or at lease, give our son the tools to be self-sufficient later in life.

After speaking with teachers and parents, we soon learned about Empowered Learning. Their neurological testing was affordable and they conducted some testing during the first consultation. We learned that the causes of cognitive and attention deficits could be altered through engaging physical and mental exercises. Peter Riddle not only explained our son’s social and physical struggles at school, but also elaborated how his learning program would work to correct these issues. We felt it was the right thing to do to allow Empowered Learning to help him strengthen himself.

Since joining The Empowered Learning Centers, he improved his grades and received positive feedback from all seven of his teachers. He has enjoyed seeing and feeling the changes within himself. The program truly worked in altering his ability to focus and gave him the confidence to help himself. We believe the Empowered Learning Transformation Centers™ brought about these changes. We feel good about giving our son the gift of empowerment, self-sufficiency and confidence. We are extremely grateful to Peter Riddle, Dr. Reutter, their wonderful staff of instructors and clinicians. Thank you for making a lasting difference in our son’s life!
— Susan and Chris M., parents

Our Team

 
 

Peter Riddle

Visionary Educational Entrepreneur and Co-Founder

Peter has over 37 years of experience in the education field. A certified Structure of Intelligence (SOI) specialist and Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP) practitioner, he has also developed training programs used in the comprehensive sensory-motor and visual processing gym, cognitive exercises, and Learning Strategies™. He is a recognized expert in the self-development field, parental involvement in children’s learning, and strategies that facilitate learning where traditional classroom methods have failed.

 
 
 
 
 

Richard A. Reutter, MD, FAAP

Medical Director and co-founder

Dr. Reutter is a nationally known developmental pediatrician in practice for 30 years, specializing in developmental, attention, and behavior-related disorders. He pioneered The Attention Center in Eatontown, New Jersey, devoted to the testing and treatment of children presenting ADHD symptoms. Dr. Reutter is board certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and the first pediatrician to use the QEEG test more than 10 years ago.

 
 
 

Herb Bilick, PhD

Director of Coaching & Parent Services and Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Bilick specializes in working with families, parents, and children who struggle with the very challenging world of learning disabilities. In addition to offering psychological assessments, he is in the unique position of offering coaching and psychological services to these families who are part of the Empowered Learning Transformation Program. His services make a significant contribution to the Empowered Learning model by helping parents and adolescents achieve important goals and gain clarity in their everyday lives. Dr. Bilick received the 2015 Patients’ Choice Award.

 
 
 

Jeff Mastroly

Director, Hazlet Center

Jeff, a Jersey City, N.J. native, attended high school at St. Rose High School in Belmar, N.J., where he was a state champion track and cross country runner. Jeff attended The College of N.J., where he competed in both track and cross country and majored in health and physical education teaching. He has been working and coaching at both private and public schools ever since.

Jeff began his working years as a high school cross country and track coach and substitute teacher in Hightstown, N.J. Soon after, he got his first job as a health and physical education teacher at Collier High School in Marlboro. Collier is a private, non-profit high school for students with disabilities whose needs cannot be met by public schools. In the 2011 school year, Collier started a middle school that included a physical education program developed and run by Jeff.

Now a 15 year Collier veteran, Jeff realizes Collier and the Empowered Learning Transformation Centers are alike in many ways. Most important are the values – each puts the kids’ needs first; the atmosphere is loving, caring and fun; and all employees are working together for a common cause. Jeff wakes up every morning and cannot wait to get to work – they are places he wants to be, not has to be.


Denise Trimble, OTR

OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST

Denise is a certified occupational therapist and parent. As an occupational therapist, she is intrigued by the connection between sensory motor and visual motor skills and how a child learns and functions. Her 9-year-old daughter attends the Empowered Learning Centers and has seen improvements in her upper body strength and fine motor coordination.

Elizabeth Brightbill

Senior Instructor, Hazlet Center

Elizabeth (Liz) Brightbill is an instructor at the Empowered Learning Transformation Center Hazlet. While working at ELC, Liz attended Monmouth University, where she received a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education Endorsement in Special Education and English in January 2012.

Liz has worked at the ELTC for approximately three years and continues to enjoy every minute of it. Being part of the ongoing success that the Empowered Learning Program has on students of all ages is extremely rewarding. ELTC is unlike many other learning centers in the fact that we work with individuals of all ages. The center is beneficial to individuals at all levels of achievement. Throughout the program our students are improving their sensory motor, visual processing, and cognitive skills; thus helping them to succeed in school, work, and life.


Heather Fortinberry

Senior Teacher, Stamford

Motivated by helping others fulfill their own potential after years of teaching and caring for children of varying ages, Heather received a Master’s degree in psychology in 2002. For the following ten years, she proceeded to create, as well as implement, a variety of psychology courses to young adults in California. She is an author of the book “Logics of the Kingdom.” Uncovering bridges between varying disciplines, including physics and psychology, has generated a unique understanding of the human experience and an even greater desire to set people free to fulfill their own potential.