Learning Disabilities/ADHD

Students with learning disabilities may experience some of the challenges listed below. We can help.

    Students with learning disabilities may experience some of these challenges:

    • Have limited patience for the learning process
    • Appear confused
    • Read slowly and with less-than-full comprehension
    • Misspell words
    • See letters reversed or half-there
    • Hear only part of a story or word
    • Have difficulty with the writing process
    • Struggle with short-term memory, or experience difficulty recalling a word from memory
    • Have limited facility with numbers, calculation, and quantitative reasoning
    • Process information slowly, needing "think time" to respond

    Students diagnosed with ADHD or executive functioning issues may experience challenges like these:

    • Be focused one day but not the next
    • Forget to do homework or study
    • Become distracted by background noise or visual stimulation
    • Take more time to start and finish tasks
    • Not complete tasks
    • Lack the ability to plan ahead, and fail to complete tasks
    • Struggle to simultaneously listen to a teacher’s lecture and take notes
    • Ask the same questions over and over
    • Be disorganized and not manage time effectively
    • Talk out of turn, have trouble sitting still, or move around the room
    • Struggle to follow instructions
    • Have difficulty with note-taking

    And, of course, some students may experience challenges described in both lists. Unfortunately, so many students with learning disabilities, ADHD, or executive functioning issues may lack self-confidence and feel lonely, rejected, isolated, shame, fear, or anger. But not at Score Academy!

    To help students overcome these challenges, Score Academy’s sensitive teachers implement a variety of techniques in the classroom. They...

    • Review previous lessons
    • Start each session with an overview and end with a summary
    • Emphasize key concepts
    • Capitalize on a student’s strengths
    • Use multi-sensory materials (visual, oral, tactile)
    • Give both verbal and written directions
    • Keep instructions simple
    • Use more than one example
    • Incorporate diagrams, maps, and other visual aids when teaching
    • Create flashcards and flowcharts
    • Create mental pictures
    • Use mnemonic devices
    • Use role-play techniques
    • Create outlines with the student
    • Regularly review material to reinforce learning
    • Break lengthy presentations and assignments into shorter segments
    • Work slowly to allow time for processing
    • Speak slowly and clearly
    • Repeat directions, ideas, and explanations
    • Frequently ask questions to check for understanding
    • Have the student “teach” the teacher
    • Relate new concepts to a topic already learned
    • Connect content to the student's real-life experiences
    • Make sure every session is hands-on and highly interactive
    • Combine direct teaching with guided practice
    • Take short breaks when necessary
    • Create a timeline for completing longer assignments
    • Use the quietest classroom for distraction-free instruction
    • Continually give positive reinforcement and encouragement
    • Clearly define expectations and a student's responsibilities
    Our founder, Judi Robinovitz, recognized firsthand the value of these strategies when her son Jason was growing up. Diagnosed in elementary school with dyslexia and ADHD, Jason became a successful student because of the individualized support and instruction he received from Judi’s dedicated staff. Jason graduated from a top-tier law school and passed the Florida Bar Exam the first time; after practicing law for five years he joined the family as the Chief Operating Officer of all Score At The Top Learning Centers and Schools! The strategies that worked best for Jason, and other students like him, remain with Score Academy today to ensure every student’s success.

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