Children with learning differences – like ADHD, executive functioning, dyslexia, dysgraphia, and nonverbal learning disorder – have the same goals and desires other students have: to learn, to succeed, to fit in. But, for children who contend with learning differences in conventional public school systems, school can be a place of stress, anxiety, uncertainty, and frustration.
As a parent of a child with a learning difference, you’re the first to realize when your son is struggling. The hardpart is knowing how to help your son and where to find the support he needs.
Dean Dauphinais, a recovery advocate, writer, and father to a child with ADHD, wrote a Huffington Post article that undoubtedly hit home to families across the country who have a child with a learning difference. Within the article, titled How a Change in Schools Transformed My ADHD Son’s Educational Path, Dauphinais said, “While [the] high school [our son attended was] consistently rated as one of the best high schools in the United States, it was not a good fit for our child and his circumstances.”
“Even with an Individualized Education Program (IEP) in place, school was pretty much a disaster for our son. The school would give him “accommodations” — extra time to take tests, the ability to turn homework in late, etc. That all sounded good in theory, but he was still being taught in mainstream classrooms, often times with 30-plus other kids. He simply did not get the individualized attention he needed.”
Dauphinais and his wife realized that because their son contended with a learning difference, he “got lost in the shuffle” and “kind of forgotten.” Knowing their son was capable of much more, Dauphinais and his wife made a change and enrolled their son in a boarding school that specializes in teaching kids with ADHD and other learning differences.
At Grand River Academy, we hear stories similar to Dauphinais’, from parents who call us looking for help in turning their son’s future around. They know that their son is intelligent and incredibly bright, but without the right support, guidance, and environment, they fear that their son will never realize his true potential and achieve success.
At our all-boys college prep boarding school, we take great pride in our mission of developing the total young man – academically, socially, and emotionally – regardless of background or learning difference. Our devoted and experienced faculty and staff members are experts in all-boys education and employ teaching methods that are conductive to the male brain through our 360-degree approach.
If you’re looking for tips on how you can help your son or students find success with a learning difference, you can find the guidance you’re looking for by exploring our resource center of guides to boys’ education for parents and educators.
In the right environment, every boy can transform into a college-ready and life-prepared young man. Learn more about how your son can rediscover success and thrive at Grand River Academy.