The Hill School of Wilmington: Managing Learning Disabilities in Half-Day Program
Dyslexia is a learning disability that makes reading difficult, regardless of the intelligence of the person experiencing it. In the past, dyslexia was poorly understood and was largely blamed on educational deficiencies rather than cognitive conditions. Since the 1980's, a great deal of research has yielded a better understanding of dyslexia, including appropriate methods to mitigate the effects. Still, social understanding of the disability lags behind the research. That's why advocates named October Dyslexia Awareness Month. October is also Learning Disability Awareness Month.
Dr. Dawn Hodges, the Director of The Hill School of Wilmington, joined us in the studio to talk about dyslexia and other learning disabilities the school addresses. The Hill School is a half-day program for students grades 1-8 with a wide range of learning disabilities. During their time at the School, students learn how to manage their cognitive obstacles, developing skills they can use in the regular classroom-and any learning environment (specifically using the Orton-Gillingham approach). Students identified as having a learning disability are eligible to apply for attendance.
Along with Dr. Hodges, Dawn Grieb also joined us for the discussion. Her child has a learning disability and has attended the Hill School for the past 3 years.
Listen to the interview above to hear more about The Hill School of Wilmington, and find out more about dyslexia at the International Dyslexia Association.