It’s a difficult decision for many parents to send their children to boarding school. This decision can be even more daunting when your child has been identified with a learning disability and you have spent years as his or her most consistent and outspoken advocate. Nonetheless, the questions are there. Is it the best thing for the student? Who will make sure the student is getting the help they need? Will they/we be happy with this decision? Is it worth the financial investment? These are very real considerations for families, and by sharing the benefits of boarding school, we hope to dispel some of the fear and apprehension of this decision, and see it as a tangible and hope-filled opportunity.
Developing an individualized education program (IEP) for your child can be an extremely overwhelming task. There are many different methods, models, and recommendations suggesting the best way to go about it.
Helen Waldron, M.Ed., an associate tutor at Noodle Pro has been tutoring and advising students for 31 years. She recently published an article “Why Your Child Should Attend Boarding School” for Forbes.com and wrote this piece for Eagle Hill School.
It has long been a fact of life that some people are naturally curious in the classroom, are voracious readers, and possess inquisitive, restless minds. There are equally capable and bright people who don’t have the same innate love of learning, but who must go through the motions nonetheless.
“Putting yourself out there” isn’t easy, even as an adult. The challenge is even more difficult in adolescence, when everything seems more amplified and the stakes much higher.
The transition from middle school to high school is never an easy one, especially if that high school is a boarding school. Even more, transitioning to a school for students with learning disabilities can sometimes seem more challenging because of the unknown.
I’m not ashamed to admit that I play video games often. I probably average an hour or two each night—playing as adventurous heroes like Batman, who deliver righteous roundhouses to thugs and thieves. I would like to think that despite the countless hours that I have put into my video games, I am still a productive member of society who has other hobbies as well. On the other hand, I have seen close friends of mine play video games nonstop—as if it was a full time job. They shut themselves out from the world and immerse themselves into another one for days on end. There are also horror stories of teenagers who play games to death, literally. In 2012, “an 18-year-old collapsed and died at an internet cafe after playing an online computer game for 40 hours straight” (Reynolds). There are other cases of full-blown addiction, but should you be worried that your child is addicted to video games? Not likely. Recently, the American Journal of Psychiatry performed a large scale study that showed “at most 1 percent of video game players might exhibit characteristics of an addiction” (Ferguson). Keep in mind that playing many hours of video games does not necessarily mean addiction. Addiction forms when refusing to play is not an option, when a person feels “that they didn’t just ‘want’ to play, but ‘needed’ to play” (Gray). More than likely, your child does not have this uncontrollable addiction and his or her gaming in moderation is quite healthy.