Interventions selected for the Upper School student with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) varies from student to student. This variability is due, in large part, to the finding that the majority of students with ADHD have at least one other condition (i.e., learning disability, anxiety, depression). Some students can be effectively treated with behavioral or environmental interventions, while others need medical and/or educational interventions.
While all students in the Currey Ingram Academy Upper School have an Individualized Learning Plan (ILP), executive functioning training, emotional intelligence skill development, and small-group classes, those with dyslexia and/or broad language difficulties may need additional interventions tailored to meet their needs. These interventions are determined based on the student’s psychoeducational assessment and ongoing classroom interactions and performance.
When my oldest was one and a half, I questioned the idea of decorating the house for Christmas. In my mind, it was going to be more trouble than it was worth. As he had recently become mobile, he was into everything. I pictured the Christmas tree being pulled over and ornaments flying across the room. As I shared my concerns with a colleague, she shared how important it was to begin establishing traditions within our family as this served as a basis for his earliest memories.
As adults, we tend to look back on our years growing up as carefree and full of wonder. But what we’re probably forgetting is that our youth through the late teen years was mostly spent learning how to deal with problems and bouncing back from adversity. The ability to do these things is called emotional resilience. When you have a child with special needs, helping them establish their own process of regulating their emotions is crucial. Although each student at our Nashville school has unique and special needs, our educators employ many tactics that help them create a positive learning environment for each.
Dyslexia is a learning disorder that affects the way the brain interprets letters. Contrary to popular belief, many people with dyslexia do not see letters backwards. Instead, letters might jump around the page or appear completely jumbled. With intervention, preparation, practice, focus, and time, many of the disabling aspects of dyslexia can be overcome.