**This post has been sponsored by Shelton School. All opinions are 100% our own!**
If your child has a learning difference and you want something beyond what public schools can offer, Shelton School is where you need to start.
Learning differences can be hard to navigate because so many schools love that one-size-fits-all approach to education. But did you know that not too far from your home is the largest independent school in the WORLD serving students who just happen to have a learning difference?
When something is different about the way our child’s brain works, we have to do some adjusting. It’s hard when expectations change. It’s hard when we aren’t aware of what the learning difference entails. It’s hard when we don’t yet have confidence that things will turn out great. But they will. Especially with a mom like you.
Shelton takes the perspective that learning differences are just that. And that many successful people have learning differences, we just have no idea. Exactly!
October is Dyslexia Awareness Month, so let’s focus on that for a second. According to the International Dyslexia Association (IDA) “Research indicates that dyslexia has no relationship to intelligence. Individuals with dyslexia are neither more nor less intelligent than the general population. But some say the way individuals with dyslexia think can actually be an asset in achieving success.” If you want to learn a little more about what dyslexia looks like, Christina has written some great stuff for us on the topic.
This is what I’ve come to understand and embrace about learning differences. Yes, there’s a trickiness to them, because you have to look outside the “norm” for solutions. But with resources like Shelton School, your child’s difference can be addressed in such a way that they thrive. This world NEEDS people who think differently!
Here are some fast facts about Shelton:
- 6:1 average student teacher ratio
- Lower School (age 3 – 2nd grade), Upper Elementary (3rd-5th), Middle School (6-8th), Upper School (9-12th)
- Located at 15720 Hillcrest Road, Dallas, TX 75248 (Arapaho & Hillcrest)
One of their tag lines is “More Than a School,” and that’s quite literal. Shelton has an Evaluation Center, an Outreach/Training Program, and a Speech/Language/Therapy Program. These are each open year-round, not just during the academic year.