Education must have a different approach for students on the autism spectrum or with ADHD. These students need social, emotional, and academic support in a small-group environment. They thrive with opportunities for breaks and movement throughout the day!
We want to engage our students with Autism / ADHD by providing the necessary support in a unique environment where they can thrive! This includes evolving teaching methods based on developmental progress, advanced subject offerings with engaging projects, and ongoing support services.
Due to pandemic shutdowns in the US, the cumulative learning loss was substantial, especially in math, where students on average lost five to nine months of learning by the end of the 2021 school year. Students of color lost from six to 12 months, while white students lost four to eight months. Regardless of color, those students who came into the pandemic with the least academic opportunities and learning disabilities exited the school year with the greatest learning loss. (Dorn, Hancock, Sarakatsannis, & Viruleg, "COVID-19 and learning loss--disparities grow and students need help", 2021)
Closing these gaps has not been easy, nor has it come without a price. Some researchers have estimated that it could cost up to $66 billion dollars in tutoring over a two year period to help close the gaps. (Fig. A)
Individual and unique learning experience
All students receive an individualized learning experience he or she can’t get in a traditional classroom setting. Teachers customize the lessons and activities just for that student. They get to know the student's individual learning style and can adapt teaching methods accordingly. They act as the student's own private teacher.
Help overcome learning obstacles
Our teachers and support staff work to specifically target whichever aspect of learning the student is struggling, whether it’s writing, math, language, or reading. For children with specific learning disabilities and/or social impairments, the experienced staff in Orton-Gillingham Tutoring, ABA, and special education can tailor the environment and learning materials to meet the needs of each student. We do not just stick with one way to learn, we create ways for each child based on their development!
We know families need solutions for learning losses and difficulties! We want to provide levels of experienced support in behavioral and academic strategies to help families succeed.
Through Spark Learning Project, 100% of the funds received in 2023 were used to assist 9 children with scholarships for individualized education and support during the current school year. Of these children, all had a financial need and 7 had a diagnosed learning disability.
Our goal for the 2024-28 period is to fund support staff and facilities to accommodate more children with learning differences and individualized learning plans. We would like to increase our enrollment to 150 students from 120, add extra support staff for students with dyslexia and autism, and construct innovative facilities appropriate for academic, emotional, and social support.
We want to help families that deal with learning challenges! By engaging with our local community and social media groups, we can bring hope to families dealing with difficulties. Our staff has the experience and heart to provide solutions to learning difficulties.
Spark Learning Project services students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school and learning center. Furthermore, does not discriminate on the basis or race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs, or otherwise discriminate in violation of federal, state or local law.