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How To Get My Child Doing Online School For A Learning Disability
Welcome to the world of online school, and no, I’m not talking about GTA.
Do you have a student with a learning disability? I know there are a lot of ways to educate your child, but at the end of the day, it all boils down to the content you provide and a sense of place.
When you teach a learning disability class, you need to focus on the tools that best suit the age and student. Students with severe learning disabilities may already have their fair share of online schools, but they can also benefit from attending a smaller, more personalized online school that will best meet their needs. You may never get a personal visit (like the kind visiting from Dr. John Adams at William Penn Primary School in New Orleans), but it’s more than worth a trip to sit down and speak with your child and discuss his or her issues.
Whether you live in the suburbs or the city, a centralized online learning environment is ideal to serve your child. WebChoice operates schools in 80 locations nationwide, making it your option if you’re having difficulty convincing your child to participate in your regular school environment. Founded in 2005, the company is now among the top 20 online learning providers in the country, offering a variety of options for children with specific learning disabilities and gifted students. Options include a nationwide curriculum and tutoring services, such as:
TutorCo is for those of us who get to pick the location of our child’s learning disability class, and wants to see more schools offer flexibility for students in more locations. With a focus on place and curriculum, a variety of locations are now available to your child.
TutorCo strives to empower teachers to serve children of all skill levels, according to their website. Classes are available in 65 locations nationwide and are offered in English, Spanish, Chinese, Swedish, Indian, Arabic, Urdu, Pashto, and Russian, including Russian immersion classes. They also offer customized courses to meet students’ specific learning needs.
The website lists courses for grammar, math, and even learning assistance based on pre-existing work on a subject. Tutors are certified in their fields.
Complete PowerSchool is a college prep site that offers the advantages of a college prep program to all children, regardless of their learning disability. Their resources and products range from expertly crafted online solutions to a collegiate-quality term paper writer and full-time tutors, so you can feel good about sending your child to a school dedicated to your child’s learning style.
What if your child wants to explore a learning disability option that requires a two-hour drive each day? There’s a number of community-based learning centers across the country that may be a good fit for your child. Nearly all of them offer summer camps or after school programs for your child, along with a fair share of special needs classrooms.
For many children with severe disabilities, the normal school day is a mental and emotional grind. Child-focused programs provide a bit of a breather, along with a chance to learn from teachers who are specially trained in dealing with students with special needs.
Going New Media
Another option to consider if your child is overly reluctant to learn traditional school learning materials is traditional online school, or “new media” learning. Through wikis, blogs, and active participation from teachers and students alike, your child will gain the ability to create and enhance their own learning experiences.
Learn about online learning for children with learning disabilities at National Institute on Early Education Research’s blog.