Program for Learning Disabilities
Sometimes students have learning difficulties that hinder classroom performance or cause an extra amount of homework time in order to maintain desired grades.
Many of these students have normal or above-normal intelligence, good eyesight, and good hearing. Some even make acceptable grades in school and appear to be good readers, yet they struggle in one or several areas of school performance.
Barton Reading and Spelling
The Barton System is a one-on-one system that greatly improves reading, spelling, and writing skills of children who struggle due to dyslexia or a specific learning disability. It is an Orton–Gillingham System based program that meets the No Child Left Behind requirements. The Barton System stimulates the visual, auditory, and kinesthetic pathways in the brain, allowing new pathways to form and strengthening language–based weaknesses.
KHCS offers a program to help students become independent classroom learners by solving the root problems rather than using tutorial methods. This program is based on both the National Institute of Learning Development (NILD) and the Linda–Mood Bell philosophies in working with LD students, based upon stimulating areas that are deficient in perceiving and processing information. Rather than just learning compensatory techniques, students receive individual, intense educational therapy a few hours each week while mainstreaming in the classroom.
SEARCH and TEACH
SEARCH is a scanning instrument used for the identification of children who are vulnerable to learning failure, and it is administered to kindergarten children who are vulnerable to learning difficulties. The Search Scan tests for visual perception, auditory discrimination, and body awareness.
The TEACH portion of this program, using the results obtained from SEARCH, apply educational therapy techniques to strengthen the vulnerable areas. The program is prescriptive and designed to prevent problems by building neuropsychological skills needed to progress in reading, spelling, and writing. Kindergarten and first grade students attend three one–on–one sessions per week.
What Are Learning Disabilities and Perceptual Weaknesses?
Although some students have average to superior ability, these students may experience significant difficulties in acquiring listening, speaking, reading, spelling, writing, reasoning, or mathematical skills. Difficulties in these areas are often caused by perceptual weaknesses. “Perception” is the way in which the brain interprets what it sees, hears, tastes, and touches.
Perceptual weaknesses occur when the brain incorrectly processes the incoming sensory information. One child may be able to read but not understand what he or she has read while another child may not have the ability to read at all. Some children have problems with short–term memory and/or long–term memory. They can be successfully quizzed the night before a test and yet not know the answers the next day. Others have difficulty concentrating or staying on task, and the list goes on!
Traditional teaching methods do not always address the problem that struggling students may face. Teachers and parents often think that the students are “lazy” or “not trying.”
How Are Learning Weaknesses Diagnosed?
Psychological testing to determine student potential is often the first step in diagnosing a learning weakness. Then, an educational battery of formal and informal tests should be given to determine strengths and weaknesses. These tests provide the necessary data needed to denote the presence of specific learning and perceptual weaknesses.
A certified dyslexia testing specialist is present at Killian Hill Christian School. Screening and testing for dyslexia and proper therapy using an Orton–Gillingham based system are offered on campus.
How Do I Enroll My Child in the Program?
If your child is not already a student at KHCS, you need to complete an application to the school and go through the admissions process. Upon acceptance to the school, the administrator will refer you to the program coordinator.
If your child is already enrolled at KHCS, you can make an appointment with the coordinator to discuss your concerns. The coordinator will give the necessary information about testing and enrollment in one of the programs.