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Compass FYI LEARNING CURVE According to Lainie Hansen of Rosemont Academy and The Rosemont Method, finding the right school for a child with learning differences can be a daunting task, but one that’s she’s more than willing to help parents locate. T E X T BY L A I N I E H A N S E N 1. 2. 3. 4. The Educator: Whether public or private, the right school and the right teachers can and will make all the difference to a child with learning differences. Knowledge Base: In public school, knowledge of the IEP process and the McKay Scholarship will help parents navigate the ins-and-outs of the ESE system. Open Access: Attending private school? Your child is part of a classroom, not a magic act; nothing should be shrouded in mystery. I believe in an open-door policy. Energy Management: For ADD/ADHD students, pent-up energy is successfully released with frequent, controlled movement breaks throughout the day. 5. 6. 7. 8. Read Right: If a student has difficulty with decoding words and reading, a multisensory approach in the classroom can help increase retention. Math Matters: When mathematics is the deficit, hands- on lessons often facilitate the connection between concrete and abstract concepts. Planning Ahead: Kids on the autism spectrum frequently exhibit rigidity with time and space; a classroom that breaks that pattern may be a better preparation for “real life.” Productive Challenges: Dittoes and busy work are the archenemies of any creative mind. That’s why it’s important to seek out a school that challenges your child. 9. 10. 11. Open Mind: Don’t allow a particular diagnosis to box your child in; to me, that’s akin to saying every child with blue eyes will have the same potential. Can-Do Attitude: If any professional uses the word “never” regarding what your child can achieve, move on to someone who understands the concept of “no limits.” Innovative Approach: Small tweaks change everything. We have a student who struggled at her previous school; she’s now allowed to work while leaning over her desk and has skipped several grade levels. Have Confidence: No one knows your child better than you. Believe in yourself. Believe in your child. You will find the right path. 12. ABOUT THE AUTHOR Lainie Hansen is the Owner & Director of Rosemont Academy. Her groundbreaking, multisensory approach to learning, The Rosemont Method, serves as a bridge between exceptional student education and mainstream classrooms and schools; RosemontAcademy.com. › 50