1. To improve the child's functional developmental capacities
to relate, communicate, and think (not to memorize rote content or
2. To strengthen and integrate underlying processing abilities.
3. To develop the specific cognitive processes that support
higher levels of thinking and problem solving (e.g. to become logical
and able to abstract as steps one and two are developed).
4. To expand the emotional range of experience to support
initiative, intentionality, reciprocity, flexibility, curiosity,
organization, cooperative learning, and exploration, first through
mediation and then independently.
5. To acquire the specific knowledge and tools necessary for
learning academic content (e.g. to read, write, do math, and perform
6. To expand emotional availability to respond to increasingly complex and independent learning situations.
7. To convey the centrality of affective connections to others
and the logic of caring for others that leads to a social, interactive,