Celebrating 27 Years!

at The Thinking Center

What Do We Do?

Our overall goal is to get each student Neurological Ready to Learn & Succeed in their current grade and to prepare for their next grade. The three most common academic wishes that kids share with us are to be able to read more easily, do math in their heads more easily, and to be able to keep up with their peers. Kids also share that they wish their teachers and parents knew that they are trying their best, but because it gets hard sometimes in class, they feel discouraged. Kids tell us that they wish that they could trust more adults at school, and they wish they felt smarter. Our job is to make sure that their academic and emotional wishes come true. Our job is to level the playing field for them so learning is more accessible to them.

Build Your Own Menu of Services to Meet Your Child/Teen's Needs

1. Remediation of basic and comprehensive reading, math,

handwriting, writing skills and fluency

2. Homeschool Florida Virtual School support & management

3. Subjective tutoring and specific homework practice

4. Educational consultations

5. Achievement and cognitive testing for academic interventions

6. High stakes testing interventions

7. School and program placement for children/teens at risk

8. Child/teen advocacy, coaching & mentoring

9. School based advocacy and consulting for IEP

(Individual Education Plan)/504 plans

10. College prep and application for student athletes, artists,

and performers.

11. Creative Arts for Mental Health Growth

12. Music Training

13. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy & ADHD Coaching

Who Do We Serve?

We serve families whose children/teens do not qualify for services, are on Tier III interventions in school, have failed a grade, have a low high school GPA with limited credits, need end-of-the-year testing for home school and/or need a way to navigate the education process. Some learners sturggle with sensory integration, that affects reading, writing, or math. When they lack confidence in learning, we offer the opportunity to get back on track with interventions and supports that target specific needs. Together our team has over 100 years of educational expertise together. It is the ultimate experience "to watch" a student become an INTERDEPENDENT learner.​​​

Who We Are!

Amy Falk Weinberger, MSEd. is the founder of The Thinking Center! What began as a tutorial company during a hiring freeze in Sarasota County in 1991 has become a prevention and intervention educational company that bridges education and mental health for better outcomes. Amy and her team have been honored to teach or coach more than 8000 families locally, regionally, nationally and internationally. The Thinking Center staff collaborates directly with parents, students, teachers, administrators, pediatricians, neuropsychologists, social workers, etc. to navigate the educational roadmap and to make sure that students get the supports that they are entitled to.

Amy is a graduate of Oxford College of Emory University (1984), Emory University (1986), Georgia State University (1987) with a Teaching Certification, and a Master's from Wilkes University (2014). Her passion for teaching began long before any formal education. She fondly remembers setting up her dolls in her playroom and conducting a classes in reading and writing. She credits her teaching career to her own love of learning, her compassionate, patient teachers, and her mom, dad and grandparents.

Amy's teaching career began in Dekalb County, Atlanta, Georgia. A year later, she moved to St. Thomas, USVI and taught at All Saints and then Antilles School. Hurricane Hugo was the tipping point to moving back to the states where she settled with her husband, Steve. The Thinking Center was born in 1991 to give families hope for their children/teens. Over the years, Amy has also developed schools, camps and social programs throughout Sarasota county.

Amy continues to be a grass-roots innovator and creates roadmaps to ensure kids/teens and their families have the support team to meet their needs. It is important that "kids know that they are heard. We have to ask the right questions to find meaningful solutions." She is a reading and fluency expert, advocate, motivational speaker, educational coach and crisis manager. Most importantly, she helps families navigate the educational system and problem solve solutions that fit their needs. Her motto, "It always works out."

Testing and Remediation Strategies

Regarding the online school...we use many different platforms for delivery for different needs and as education has become more democratized so have choices.