Valiant Learning Support Program
Welcome to the Valiant Learning Support Program (VLSP)
VSLP is a fee-based program designed to support college-ready students in developing stronger executive functioning skills as they transition to post-secondary life.
Executive functioning skills are necessary for academic and social success. Students work 1:1 with a Learning Specialist to develop and nurture these skills which include Organization, Planning & Prioritizing, Task Initiation, Time Management, Cognitive Flexibility, Self-Regulation and Self-Advocacy.
VLSP Learning Specialists are highly trained educators who are experienced in working with students who have learning disabilities/differences. Since students are paired with one Learning Specialist, the Specialist gets to know each student's specific needs, goals and interests. Together, students and Learning Specialists will determine the focus of each session.Request Information
"My learning specialist has really helped me out in improving my writing and provides great ideas for me to do better in my classes. She’s always helping me to stay organized and on task, which pushes me to work harder and use our sessions productively."
"VLSP has helped me improve my efforts in my school work--homework and class work. My tutor has enabled me to incorporate many of my interests in transportation, rail buffing and video games into my essays. I am proud that I have been on the Dean's List. I've enjoyed pursuing my major -- Digital Media --and getting to know professors. I am a commuter and have successfully made connections on campus through PAC and in the dining hall, including sharing my interest in emergency response communications with other students and the Campus Safety staff."
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What Are Executive Functioning Skills?
Executive functioning skills are the complex mental processes that serve as “command and control” for human behavior. Our genes provide the roadmap for these skills, but they do not begin to develop until we start to engage with our environment. The most rapid timeframe of development is between ages 3-5, but we continue to develop these skills through early adulthood. These skills can be nurtured through training and practice.
Planning – Setting goals and working to accomplish tasks.
Time Management – Understanding how long a task will take and using time efficiently.
Working Memory – Storing information for the short time while we are using it.
Self-Control – Independently regulating our thoughts, actions, and emotions.
Perseverance – Ability to stay on task even when it becomes difficult.
Organization – Keeping materials neat, orderly, and accessible.
Task Initiation – Being able to start a task even when you do not want to.
Metacognition – Being aware of what you already know and making use of it in new contexts.
Attention – Being able to focus on a task or a person and also being able to shift focus when appropriate.
Flexibility – Coping with new situations and being able to adapt to change.
How do I Register for VLSP?
- Log in to the Health and Accommodations Portal using your Manhattanville username and password.
- Hover on the “Accommodations” tab in the top bar and then select “Application” from the drop-down menu.
- Proceed to complete the application as listed on Page 1.
- Upload any supporting documentation that you have on Page 2 (please note – you can submit the application without uploading documentation, but it will be incomplete until you either upload it at a later time or deliver it to a Center for Student Accessibility staff member).
- You do not need to apply for Accommodations to apply for VLSP, but many students do both.
- Fill out the Valiant Learning Support Program and Pathways and Connections Program Application on Page 3.
- Submit your application.
- Schedule an intake interview with a staff member at CSA by calling 914.323.7127 or emailing email@example.com. Please note that your application is incomplete until this intake interview is completed.
VLSP Frequently Asked Questions
The Center for Student Accessibility (CSA), the Learning Specialists who are part of the Valiant Learning Support Program (VSLP), and the Academic Advisors from the Office of Academic Advising work together to support the academic experience of our students at Manhattanville. VLSP students work with the staff in these offices to ensure they are receiving support throughout the semester. Students are encouraged to directly contact any of these offices whenever they have concerns or experience difficulties.
Although a full-time student status (12 to 15 credits) might seem very busy, classes don’t meet every day, so, students will learn to identify pockets of time for scheduling various activities. The Learning Specialists will work with students to better understand their daily schedule and to find the time needed to complete assignments and attend important appointments. An ongoing goal of the VLSP Learning Specialist is to help VLSP students to become responsible adults who are committed to planning their schedules, attending classes, completing assignments and communicating their needs to others.