Astolot is such a great school for our son Michael. He is 9 years old and has ADHD, Aspergers, and DCD or Developmental Coordination Disorder. Micheal started at Astolot in grade 2 and he is now in grade 4 and doing really well. Katie was Michael's teacher for grade 2 and 3 and is dedicated, professional, and very caring. When Michael started with Astolot he could not even hold a pencil very well and reading anything he wrote was very difficult. Michael was also behind in reading and organizational skills. Individual teaching programs were put into place for him and we saw improvement in the first few months. I worked with him at home trying to improve reading and writing but it was the teachers at Astolot who really brought him along. He loves to write comic books and illustrate his thoughts. He reads novels and is presently reading The Cronicles of Narnia with his twin sister Lauren.
Astolot staff has helped in the development of social skills and Michael's confidence is better than it has ever been. He has made some really great friends and play dates are often planned outside of school which he just loves.
One of the hardest decisions ever for me was to separate Michael from his twin Lauren and send them to separate schools, however, this has been the best decision ever for Michael. Parenting children with challenges is indeed a journey and takes lots of energy and patience. Jennifer Cowan and the teachers at Astolot are always approachable, listen to your concerns and give constructive feedback. Quite honestly, I don't know what I would do without them.
When I drop Michael off in front of the school every morning he can't wait to run up those stairs to see everyone. The school is like a big family. He is very happy there.