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Learning Disability Programs at Boarding Schools

If your child is struggling with a learning disability, you know that it's not the same as an emotional disturbance, mental retardation, or handicap in vision and hearing. Learning disabilities are neurobiological disorders that affect comprehension of oral language, math, and reading, as well as memory, organization, and physical coordination.

Students diagnosed with dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, ADD/ADHD, and other learning disabilities generally require skilled instruction and thrive in classes with teachers trained to remediate their specific disability. While some school districts offer good programs for students with learning disabilities, many families live in districts where special education programs are inadequate. In these cases, school districts may subsidize part of the cost of a learning disability boarding school.

Features of Learning Disability Boarding Schools
Some college prep boarding schools (all-girls, all-boys, and coed) specialize in learning disabilities. Learning disability programs are also available in mainstream boarding schools.

After performing extensive tests and observation of each student, a team of psychologists, teachers, and education specialists in the learning disability program work together with the family to design the student's individualized education plan (IEP). The staff then uses the IEP as a gauge to ensure that the student is continually learning at his or her highest level.

Boarding schools for learning disabilities are dedicated to teaching to the individual student, taking his or her particular learning style and learning disability into account. A good learning disability program offers equipment such as specialized software to enable a learning disabled student to organize his or her work. Short class sessions with frequent breaks enable students with ADD/ADHD to succeed.

Of course, there's more to the learning disabled student's remediation than coping with the disability itself. The learning disability may have caused confidence problems, which could result in depression, drug and alcohol abuse, and aggression. Boarding schools have the resources to focus on the needs of the whole student beyond academia. Experiencing success at learning disability boarding schools can boost students' self-esteem, enabling them to enjoy school and focus on academic achievement instead of reverting to inappropriate and ineffective behaviors.  

Barriers to Learning Disabled Students' Success
Some parents prefer their child be placed in mainstream classes and avoid the "learned disabled" label. They don't want their child to be singled out. However, the individual attention students receive in specialized learning disability programs can help them integrate more effectively later in life and in the workplace.

Other learning disabled students and their families have come to the conclusion that learning disabled students will never succeed in school. Learning disability programs at boarding schools offer evidence to the contrary. With education from learning disability boarding schools, students discover tools to cope with their learning disability, finding ways to survive and even thrive in academia and life in general.

If your child is not succeeding in a mainstream academic environment, help is available. At a learning disability boarding school, your child can get the extra time and attention he or she needs to cope with the disability and experience success.