Summer is around the corner and students are gearing up for the end of the year. For students with learning differences, summer is the ideal time to explore obtaining an Individualized Education Plan (IEP). The IEP identifies learning differences and puts in place special accommodations to help students succeed. IEPs cover the range of a student’s educational experience, and can include numerous accommodations to classroom-based activities.
Though IEPs are meant to travel with students wherever they end up, often academic institutions will also ask for a neuropsychological evaluation or neuropsych. The neuropsych covers a more extensive battery of tests. It is more thorough in its reporting. It is also very effective in providing special accommodations on standardized tests such as SATs and ACTs.
FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS
There are many summer programs for students who need to make up classes and work on study skills. For example, many community colleges offer “bridge or dual enrollment programs” for high school students. These programs allow students to complete requirements that are difficult for them or to retake courses altogether. Cost is generally reasonable and virtually all high school courses are available.
In addition, many boarding and independent day schools offer summer school. For instance, Salisbury School (http://www.salisburyschool.org), offer courses in study skills designed to boost confidence and overcome learning differences.
FOR COLLEGE STUDENTS
College students can take courses at a community college or enrolling at a four year institution offering a summer session for visiting students. Many colleges offer a traditional list of course offerings. In addition, some also offer study skills classes so that students can understand how they learn best. Below are a few listings.
George Washington University: http://summer.gwu.edu/
Hiram College: http://www.hiram.edu/summerathiram/summerclasses.html
Landmark College: http://www.landmark.edu/
College Excel: https://www.collegeexcel.com/
The links above are but a few examples of programs that may be relevant to the reader. There exist many more. Feel free to contact me with any questions.
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School of the Month: Wolfeboro: the Summer Boarding School http://www.wolfeboro.org/
Located in Wolfeboro, NH, on Lake Winnipesaukee, the school serves boys and girls ages 12 to 18 year old who need academic support. Many, but not all of the students, are diagnosed with executive function or language-based learning disabilities. During the course of the program, students work on academic habits and skills, motivation and developing confidence. A typical day includes morning classes and afternoon activities and sports. In the evenings, students participate in intramural league play followed by study hall. Academic and study skills support is offered mornings and at night during study hall.
The summer school offers courses in all areas, including English as a Second Language. Each student’s program is designed to support individual primary goals as designated by parents, consultants, or schools. Students choose a three-course combination, any of which will promote improved study habits, study skills, organization, and confidence. Students may also take courses for credit upon request. They live in tents bordering the lake and use a central dining hall where everyone congregates for food and play. The feel is that of a traditional New England summer camp, the difference being that students go there for academic as well as non-academic learning.
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