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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
T E X T BY L A I N I E H A N S E N
The Educator: Whether public
or private, the right school and
the right teachers can and will
make all the difference to a child with
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.
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.”
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.
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.”
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.