What are some tips or suggestions for raising a child with special needs?

Some strategies for promoting the development of your exceptional child

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Do you have a child with special needs? For instance, does your child have a learning, developmental, physical, or behavioural or emotional disability?


If so, you’re faced with a tall task. Raising a special needs child can be a huge challenge. Of course, it can also be highly rewarding.

As a parent, you should aim to learn everything you can about your child and their challenges, to promote their health, development, and happiness. This means doing lots of research. You’ll need to do plenty of reading, connect with the relevant agencies and associations, talk with other parents of children with special needs, and meet with doctors and specialists.

In general, it’s important to seek guidance from those who know about and have experience working with special needs kids. Below, educational experts offer advice on how to raise a child with special needs. To learn about special education, and view a list of special needs schools, read our comprehensive guide.

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Educational experts' answers

Jillian Roberts, professor of educational psychology at the University of Victoria and founder of Family Sparks
“A child, with or without special needs or learning disabilities, develops in a variety of ways, within many different environments. Promoting an environment that will see the child and not the disability or, not just the disability, is by far the best thing you can do for that child’s development—both mentally and emotionally.

Here are 15 strategies for promoting the development of a child with a disability:

  1. Start by recognizing your own biases and prejudices in your heart and mind towards people who have disabilities and then learn how to create new positive ways of seeing a person and their great potential.   
  2. Look at your child holistically. Don’t just see their weaknesses or what they are incapable of doing. Find their strengths and enhance them.  
  3. Get to know your child: their personality, what they like or don’t like to do, what makes them smile and laugh or mad and sad. Know them personally.
  4. Create a collaborative, team environment among everyone involved in your child’s life—teachers, psychologists, speech pathologists, occupational and physical therapists, parents or relatives, and your child.
  5. Cultivate an inclusive and encouraging school, community, neighbourhood, and home.
  6. Remove all barriers that keep your child from physically, mentally, emotionally, or spiritually succeeding and excelling—e.g., no elevators, no ramps, compacted classrooms, limited materials, one kind of test or exam, beliefs they have reached their potential, thoughts they can’t do something or gain anything anymore.
  7. Learn about your child’s specific disability to better understand it, as well as the interventions that can help improve their academic skills, life skills, and behaviour.
  8. Think: what is the best thing I can do now that will build self-efficacy and independence now and in the future?
  9. Act: plan specific conversations, assignments, and develop curriculum that builds self-efficacy and independence.
  10. Develop a growth mindset and encourage that from the team of professionals as well as your child.
  11. Go out often. Go out into the public. Use public transportation and public access.
  12. Create many opportunities for conversations and interactions to take place between your child and those who aren’t disabled and those who are.
  13. Invite, welcome, and encourage parent, sibling, and family involvement.
  14. Learn. Have the attitude that you can always learn from those who are disabled. If you do, they will change your life.
  15. Be free to have fun and make messes.”

Ruth Rumack, director of Ruth Rumack’s Learning Space, a personalized educational support program, in Toronto, Ontario
“For parents, patience, mindfulness, and empathy are important attributes that are helpful in supporting children with particular challenges. In addition, encouraging strong self-esteem and resiliency go a long way to raising well-adjusted and capable children. Also, parents should not confuse a child’s avoidance or frustration with laziness or defiant behaviour. It is important to remember that children with special needs are dedicated and often work harder than their peers. Overall, parents should be attentive and listen or take note of any aspects of a child’s academic or social life that seem challenging.

Seeking outside help can establish a strong support system for children and their families. It is important to bring in the right people and professionals to best promote your child’s development. For example, developing a good relationship with classroom teachers throughout the school year can allow parents to feel more comfortable pursuing any concerns with their child right away. A useful tip is to create a file to document all interactions, interventions, reports, and details of a student’s needs and progress in order to have all the information in one place for further reference. Ultimately, a parent needs to remember that learning is a process and that any new skill will take time to develop, particularly if a child is behind their peers. It is important to empathize with the child and celebrate successes no matter how small they are and recognize that although a child may not be meeting typical milestones, given enough time and the right intervention, they will likely find success.”


Joanne Foster, educational specialist, author of Creativity and Special Needs Learners
“Each individual, including a special needs child, has areas of strength and weakness, and it’s incumbent upon the adults who live and work with children to strive toward supporting all the dimensions of their well-being. This includes their social and emotional health, cognitive growth, moral and character development, and more.

With that in mind, a person’s creativity is a vital part of what makes that person unique. Creativity helps children solve problems and overcome challenges. It fosters resolve, inquiry, new perspectives, independence, positivity, confidence, and ingenuity. Certainly parents and teachers are right to focus on academics, including remediation, accelerated learning opportunities, or other special education programming modifications or accommodations, as required. All that can and should occur—while also paying attention to children’s creative potential.

Adults have to help children make the right kinds of choices. That is, to take a chance, step outside of comfort zones, try new approaches, test limits. Kids may need extra encouragement, or assistance in the form of help, reinforcement, or guidance so as to be able to maximize their strengths, talents, interests, energy, effort, and coping mechanisms. Patience, choice, reassurance are fundamental for encouraging children’s creative expression. So is honoring the validity of children’s thoughts and feelings, without being judgmental.


Dona Matthews, educational specialist, and co-author (with Joanne Foster) of Beyond Intelligence, Secrets for Raising Happily Productive Kids
“My best advice to parents is to love your child for the beautiful special person they are. Keep your focus on their strengths, trusting that with time and the right kinds of support, they’ll learn to manage, surmount, or cope with whatever differences they might have from others. Do your best to learn what their weaknesses/problems/disabilities might be, and to provide the right kinds of support for those, but don’t put so much time, attention, and energy into their differences from ‘normal’ that you and your child lose sight of their essential wonderfulness. And remember: special learning needs change over time. The more scientists learn about the brain and its development, the more evidence there is of neural plasticity, the capacity for change over time. What looks like a problem today might in time look like a strength.”


Una Malcolm, director of Bright Light Learners, a personalized educational support program in Toronto, Ontario
“Parents should be prepared to be dogged advocates of their child’s needs in order to ensure that his or her needs are met. Specific programs and approaches have more of a basis of empirical research support. Parents should ensure they are aware of which programs and approaches are established as successful.”

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Whytecliff Agile Learning Centres


Langley, British Columbia
Glover/Logan
 
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"Whytecliff is a safe, empathetic & supportive place for teens with a diverse range of learning needs / personal challenges. Our positive community & high-growth environment pulls each child up to be their very best!

  1. Safe, empathetic, supportive community for students with a diverse range of learning needs
  2. Low student-to-educator ratio of less than 5:1 lets us really get to know you
  3. Each child gets a personalized program tailored to their unique gifts, strengths, and talents
  4. Dual-accredited as both an independent school and a Positive Youth Development program

—From the school

  • Gr. 8 to 12 (Coed)
  • Progressive curriculum
  • $9,090 to $21,250
  • Learning disabilities
  • Developmental
  • Behavioral and Emotional
 
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Whytecliff Agile Learning Centres 9090 HighSchools Day Day Coed ADHD (moderate to severe) ADHD (moderate to severe) ADHD (moderate to severe) Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability) Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability) Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability) Language Processing Disorder Language Processing Disorder Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) Asperger's Syndrome Asperger's Syndrome Intellectual disability Intellectual disability Asperger's Syndrome Troubled behaviour / troubled teens Troubled behaviour / troubled teens Troubled behaviour / troubled teens Clinical Depression Clinical Depression Clinical Depression Clinical anxiety Suicidal thoughts Drug and alcohol abuse Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) Drug and alcohol abuse Suicidal thoughts Clinical anxiety Clinical anxiety Suicidal thoughts Drug and alcohol abuse Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) Dyscalculia Dysgraphia Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD) Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit Autism Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) Intellectual disability Dyscalculia Dysgraphia Dyscalculia Dysgraphia Language Processing Disorder Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD) Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD) Williams syndrome

Chisholm Academy


Oakville, Ontario
Cornwall/Maplegrove
 
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"Chisholm Academy are specialists in developing programs for students with exceptionalities. Classes of 8-10 students, an experienced multi-disciplinary staff, and a little bit of kindness really make a difference!

  1. Grades 7 - 12
  2. Every Student is Unique
  3. Individual Education Plans For All Students
  4. Classes of 3 - 12 Students

—From the school

  • Gr. 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Traditional curriculum
  • $28,660 to $30,665
  • Day school
  • 120 students
  • Learning disabilities
  • Developmental
  • Behavioral and Emotional
 
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Chisholm Academy 28660 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed ADHD (moderate to severe) ADHD (moderate to severe) ADHD (moderate to severe) Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability) Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) Dyscalculia Dysgraphia Language Processing Disorder Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD) Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit Asperger's Syndrome Clinical Depression Clinical Depression Asperger's Syndrome Asperger's Syndrome Clinical Depression Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD) Language Processing Disorder Dysgraphia Dyscalculia Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability) Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability) Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) Dysgraphia Dyscalculia Language Processing Disorder Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD) Clinical anxiety Clinical anxiety Clinical anxiety

"We are a therapeutic boarding school for Gr. 3-12 students requiring individualized academic, clinical, and behaviour-management solutions in small class sizes and professional home stay or boarding environments" —From the school

  • Gr. 3 to 12 (Coed)
  • Progressive curriculum
  • $33,500 to $99,500 /program
  • Learning disabilities
  • Developmental
  • Behavioral and Emotional
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Applewood Academy for Progressive Learning 33500 MiddleSchools HighSchools Homestay Day Boarding Coed ADHD (moderate to severe) ADHD (moderate to severe) ADHD (moderate to severe) Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability) Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability) Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability) Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) Dyscalculia Dyscalculia Dyscalculia Dysgraphia Dysgraphia Dysgraphia Language Processing Disorder Language Processing Disorder Language Processing Disorder Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD) Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD) Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD) Autism Autism Autism Asperger's Syndrome Asperger's Syndrome Asperger's Syndrome Intellectual disability Intellectual disability Intellectual disability Down syndrome Down syndrome Down syndrome Troubled behaviour / troubled teens Troubled behaviour / troubled teens Troubled behaviour / troubled teens Suicidal thoughts Clinical Depression Clinical Depression Suicidal thoughts Clinical Depression Suicidal thoughts Drug and alcohol abuse Drug and alcohol abuse Drug and alcohol abuse Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) Clinical anxiety Clinical anxiety Clinical anxiety Williams syndrome Williams syndrome Williams syndrome Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)
Calgary, Alberta
 
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"Our Academy (in-person) and Studio (online) personalizes learning for students with a diagnosed learning disability to reach their academic and personal potential through outstanding support in and out of the classroom." —From the school

  • Gr. 4 to 12 (Coed)
  • Traditional curriculum
  • $12,100 to $21,850
  • Day, eSchool
  • 332 students
  • Learning disabilities
  • Physical
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Rundle Academy & Rundle Studio 12100 MiddleSchools HighSchools eSchool Day Coed ADHD (moderate to severe) ADHD (moderate to severe) Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability) Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability) Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) Dysgraphia Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) Dysgraphia Deafness Deafness Dyscalculia Dyscalculia
Toronto, Ontario
Lawrence/Don Mills
 
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"Brighton is the leading private school in Toronto for students with academic and/or social challenges. We offer curriculum-based and remedial Elementary programs; and credit, pre-credit and non-credit Secondary streams." —From the school

  • Gr. SK to 12 (Coed)
  • Traditional curriculum
  • $28,750
  • Day school
  • 65 students
  • Learning disabilities
  • Developmental
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Brighton School 28750 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability) Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability) Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability) Dysgraphia Dysgraphia Dysgraphia Language Processing Disorder Language Processing Disorder Language Processing Disorder Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD) Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD) Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD) Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit ADHD (moderate to severe) ADHD (moderate to severe) ADHD (moderate to severe) Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) Dyscalculia Dyscalculia Dyscalculia Autism Asperger's Syndrome Intellectual disability Down syndrome Autism Asperger's Syndrome Down syndrome Intellectual disability Intellectual disability Down syndrome Asperger's Syndrome Autism Williams syndrome Williams syndrome Williams syndrome
Wellandport, Ontario
 
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"Robert Land Academy, established in 1978, is a private military-inspired boarding school (Grades 5-12) that helps boys build self-confidence, achieve academic success, develop values, and realize their potential." —From the school

  • Gr. 5 to 12 (Boys)
  • Traditional curriculum
  • $64,000 to $75,000
  • Learning disabilities
  • Developmental
  • Behavioral and Emotional
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Robert Land Academy 64000 MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Boys ADHD (moderate to severe) ADHD (moderate to severe) Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability) Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability) Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) Dyscalculia Dyscalculia Dysgraphia Dysgraphia Language Processing Disorder Language Processing Disorder Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD) Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD) Autism Autism Asperger's Syndrome Asperger's Syndrome Troubled behaviour / troubled teens Troubled behaviour / troubled teens Clinical Depression Clinical Depression Suicidal thoughts Suicidal thoughts Drug and alcohol abuse Drug and alcohol abuse Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) Clinical anxiety Clinical anxiety
Toronto, Ontario
Queen Street East/Victoria Park
 
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"We specialize in teaching Structured Literacy and an Orton-Gillingham curriculum that provides expert tuition in Writing and Reading and establishes strong foundations in key subject areas of Math, Science and the Arts." —From the school

  • Gr. JK to 8 (Coed)
  • Progressive curriculum
  • $16,000 to $26,000
  • Learning disabilities
  • Behavioral and Emotional
  • Physical
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The Claremont School 16000 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed ADHD (moderate to severe) ADHD (moderate to severe) ADHD (moderate to severe) Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability) Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability) Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability) Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) Dyscalculia Dyscalculia Dyscalculia Dysgraphia Dysgraphia Dysgraphia Language Processing Disorder Language Processing Disorder Language Processing Disorder Clinical anxiety Clinical anxiety Clinical anxiety Dyspraxia (Developmental Coordination Disorder) Dyspraxia (Developmental Coordination Disorder)
Ottawa, Ontario
Carling Avenue/Broadview Avenue
 
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"Edelweiss Private Academy offers elementary education to students with ASD and other exceptionalities, maintaining small teacher to student ratios. We promote strong academic, physical and social-emotional development." —From the school

  • Gr. K to 8 (Coed)
  • Traditional curriculum
  • $21,950 to $42,800
  • Learning disabilities
  • Developmental
  • Behavioral and Emotional
  • Physical
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Edelweiss Private Academy 21950 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Day Coed ADHD (moderate to severe) ADHD (moderate to severe) ADHD (moderate to severe) Autism Autism Autism Asperger's Syndrome Asperger's Syndrome Asperger's Syndrome Intellectual disability Intellectual disability Intellectual disability Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Clinical anxiety Clinical anxiety Clinical anxiety Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) Language Processing Disorder Language Processing Disorder Language Processing Disorder Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD) Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD) Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD) Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability) Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability) Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability) Dyscalculia Dyscalculia Dyscalculia Dysgraphia Dysgraphia Dysgraphia Down syndrome Down syndrome Down syndrome Muscular dystrophy Muscular dystrophy
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"Academy is strengths-based and remediation-focused. Collegiate is for those learning at or above grade-level. Blended+ is personalized for Grades 9-12 that empowers them to learn in-person, hybrid, and off-campus." —From the school

  • Gr. K to 12 (Coed)
  • Traditional curriculum
  • $14,600 to $18,980
  • Learning disabilities
  • Behavioral and Emotional
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Calgary Academy & Calgary Collegiate 14600 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed ADHD (moderate to severe) Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability) Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) Dyscalculia Dysgraphia Dyscalculia Dysgraphia ADHD (moderate to severe) Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability) Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) Language Processing Disorder Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD) Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit ADHD (moderate to severe) Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability) Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) Dyscalculia Dysgraphia Language Processing Disorder Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD) Clinical anxiety Clinical Depression
Toronto, Ontario
Yonge St./Lawrence Ave.
 
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"The Dunblaine School empowers students with learning disabilities to reach their full potential. It offers programs for students from grade one to eight, with an average class size of 5-7 students." —From the school

  • Gr. 1 to 8 (Coed)
  • Traditional curriculum
  • $26,000 to $27,500
  • Learning disabilities
  • Developmental
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The Dunblaine School 26000 Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability) Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability) Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability) Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) Dyscalculia Dyscalculia Dyscalculia Dysgraphia Dysgraphia Dysgraphia Language Processing Disorder Language Processing Disorder Language Processing Disorder Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD) Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD) Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD) Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit Asperger's Syndrome Asperger's Syndrome Asperger's Syndrome ADHD (moderate to severe) ADHD (moderate to severe) Autism Autism Autism
Mississauga, Ontario
Hurontario/Queensway
 
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"TEAM School offers programs from Grades 1 to 8 in Mississauga. Its average class size is 5 to 9 students." —From the school

  • Gr. 1 to 8 (Coed)
  • Traditional curriculum
  • $25,920 to $29,000
  • Learning disabilities
  • Developmental
  • Behavioral and Emotional
  • Physical
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TEAM School 25920 Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed ADHD (moderate to severe) ADHD (moderate to severe) ADHD (moderate to severe) Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability) Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability) Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability) Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) Dyscalculia Dyscalculia Dyscalculia Dysgraphia Dysgraphia Dysgraphia Language Processing Disorder Language Processing Disorder Language Processing Disorder Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD) Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD) Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD) Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit Autism Autism Autism Asperger's Syndrome Asperger's Syndrome Asperger's Syndrome Intellectual disability Intellectual disability Intellectual disability Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) Clinical Depression Clinical Depression Clinical Depression Dyspraxia (Developmental Coordination Disorder) Dyspraxia (Developmental Coordination Disorder)
Calgary, Alberta
37 Street NW/Bowness Rd NW
 
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"Foothills Academy is an independent school for students with diagnosed Learning Disabilities in grades 3 - 12. Small class sizes allow the experienced staff to create a positive learning environment." —From the school

  • Gr. 3 to 12 (Coed)
  • Traditional curriculum
  • $15,900
  • Learning disabilities
  • Developmental
  • Physical
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Foothills Academy 15900 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed ADHD (moderate to severe) ADHD (moderate to severe) Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability) Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability) Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) Dysgraphia Dyscalculia Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD) Language Processing Disorder Dyscalculia Dysgraphia Language Processing Disorder Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD) Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit Dyspraxia (Developmental Coordination Disorder) Asperger's Syndrome
Toronto, Ontario
Yonge St/Davisville Ave
 
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"2E Learners, differentiated profiles AP, Reach Ahead classes, and enrichment Academic focus on inquiry and critical analysis Collaborative and feedback-rich environment Unique and robust clubs/extra curriculars" —From the school

  • Gr. 3 to 12 (Coed)
  • Progressive curriculum
  • $32,000
  • Learning disabilities
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The Study Academy 32000 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed Dyscalculia
Montreal, Quebec
Sherbrooke/Atwater
 
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"Students thrive in an inclusive, structured learning environment that provides academic accommodations for all learners. We help students become autonomous, resilient lifelong learners!" —From the school

  • Gr. 7 to 11 (Coed)
  • Traditional curriculum
  • $23,115
  • Learning disabilities
  • Developmental
  • Behavioral and Emotional
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Centennial Academy 23115 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed ADHD (moderate to severe) Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability) Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) Dyscalculia Dysgraphia Language Processing Disorder Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD) Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit Autism Asperger's Syndrome Clinical anxiety
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"Our mission is to provide students with the support they deserve to enable them to reach their full academic potential. This solid foundation equips students to confidently pursue their desired post-secondary paths." —From the school

  • Gr. 1 to 12 (Coed)
  • Traditional curriculum
  • $17,200 to $19,600
  • Learning disabilities
  • Developmental
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Heritage Academy of Learning Excellence 17200 Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed ADHD (moderate to severe) ADHD (moderate to severe) ADHD (moderate to severe) Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability) Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability) Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability) Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) Dyscalculia Dysgraphia Language Processing Disorder Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD) Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) Dyscalculia Dysgraphia Language Processing Disorder Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD) Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) Dyscalculia Dysgraphia Language Processing Disorder Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD) Autism Autism Asperger's Syndrome Asperger's Syndrome
Ottawa, Ontario
Conroy Rd/Walkey Rd
 
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"Astolot Educational Centre is a day school with grades 1 to 12 in Ottawa, Ontario. Classroom teacher-student ratios are 1 to 10. Students have the ability to reach their full potential with Astolot programming." —From the school

  • Gr. 1 to 12 (Coed)
  • Traditional curriculum
  • $16,000 to $18,000
  • Learning disabilities
  • Developmental
  • Behavioral and Emotional
  • Physical
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Astolot Educational Centre 16000 Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Day Coed ADHD (moderate to severe) Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability) Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) Dyscalculia Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD) Dysgraphia Language Processing Disorder Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit Clinical Depression Clinical anxiety Suicidal thoughts Dyspraxia (Developmental Coordination Disorder) Deafness Asperger's Syndrome Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability)
Cambridge, Ontario
Franklin Blvd/Myers Road
 
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"OAK BRIDGE ACADEMY is an alternative, not-for-profit school. Our highest priority is to provide financially accessible, highly specialized education to every child with learning exceptionalities and neurodiversities." —From the school

  • Gr. SK to 12 (Coed)
  • Traditional curriculum
  • $31,000 to $45,500
  • Learning disabilities
  • Developmental
  • Behavioral and Emotional
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Oak Bridge Academy 31000 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed ADHD (moderate to severe) ADHD (moderate to severe) ADHD (moderate to severe) Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability) Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability) Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability) Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) Dyscalculia Dyscalculia Dyscalculia Dysgraphia Dysgraphia Dysgraphia Language Processing Disorder Language Processing Disorder Language Processing Disorder Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD) Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD) Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD) Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit Autism Asperger's Syndrome Down syndrome Intellectual disability Williams syndrome Autism Asperger's Syndrome Down syndrome Intellectual disability Williams syndrome Autism Asperger's Syndrome Down syndrome Intellectual disability Williams syndrome Troubled behaviour / troubled teens Troubled behaviour / troubled teens Troubled behaviour / troubled teens Clinical Depression Clinical Depression Clinical Depression Clinical anxiety Clinical anxiety Clinical anxiety
Burlington, Ontario
Guelph Line/New Street
 
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"At ELEVATE, we are focusing on identifying and meeting the needs of students with learning differences. We use evidence-based approaches like UFLI, Wilson, and OG to support our students." —From the school

  • Gr. 1 to 8 (Coed)
  • Progressive curriculum
  • $25,000
  • Learning disabilities
  • Developmental
  • Behavioral and Emotional
  • Physical
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Elevate Learning Centre 25000 Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed ADHD (moderate to severe) ADHD (moderate to severe) ADHD (moderate to severe) Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability) Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability) Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability) Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) Dyscalculia Dyscalculia Dyscalculia Dysgraphia Dysgraphia Dysgraphia Language Processing Disorder Language Processing Disorder Language Processing Disorder Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD) Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD) Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD) Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit Autism Autism Autism Asperger's Syndrome Asperger's Syndrome Asperger's Syndrome Down syndrome Down syndrome Down syndrome Intellectual disability Intellectual disability Intellectual disability Dyspraxia (Developmental Coordination Disorder) Dyspraxia (Developmental Coordination Disorder) Multiple sclerosis Multiple sclerosis Cerebral palsy Cerebral palsy Clinical anxiety Clinical anxiety Clinical Depression Clinical Depression Multiple physical Multiple physical Cystic Fibrosis Cystic Fibrosis Spina Bifida Spina Bifida Muscular dystrophy Muscular dystrophy
Richmond Hill, Ontario
Leslie/16th Ave
 
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"Morningside/ABA based curriculum and individualized approach targets not only academic success but also emotional, social, vocational and life skills that are the core skills of life-long success of each student." —From the school

  • Gr. K to 8 (Coed)
  • Traditional curriculum; Reggio Emilia
  • $17,000 to $25,000
  • Learning disabilities
  • Developmental
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AIM Without Limits 17000 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed Autism Autism Autism Asperger's Syndrome Asperger's Syndrome Asperger's Syndrome ADHD (moderate to severe) ADHD (moderate to severe) ADHD (moderate to severe) Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability) Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability) Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability) Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) Dyscalculia Dysgraphia Dysgraphia Dyscalculia Dyscalculia Dysgraphia Language Processing Disorder Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD) Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD) Language Processing Disorder Language Processing Disorder Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD) Intellectual disability Intellectual disability Intellectual disability
Calgary, Alberta
 
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"We offer a specialized, student-paced program for children with diverse learning needs, so that they can thrive! With ample academic support and an inclusive school culture, you can Become Your Best!" —From the school

  • Gr. 1 to 12 (Coed)
  • Progressive curriculum
  • $18,800
  • Day school
  • 40 students
  • Learning disabilities
  • Developmental
  • Behavioral and Emotional
  • Physical
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Banbury Crossroads Academy 18800 Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed ADHD (moderate to severe) Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability) Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) Dyscalculia Language Processing Disorder Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD) Autism Asperger's Syndrome Intellectual disability Williams syndrome Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Troubled behaviour / troubled teens Clinical Depression Clinical anxiety Suicidal thoughts Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Williams syndrome Asperger's Syndrome Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD) Language Processing Disorder Dyscalculia Dysgraphia Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability) ADHD (moderate to severe) Autism Troubled behaviour / troubled teens Suicidal thoughts Clinical Depression Clinical anxiety Dyspraxia (Developmental Coordination Disorder) Cystic Fibrosis
South Wales, New York(USA)
 
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"The Gow School is a college-prep boarding and day school for students, grades 6-12, with dyslexia and similar language-based learning disabilities." —From the school

  • Gr. 6 to 12 (Coed)
  • Traditional curriculum
  • US $58,750 to US $80,000
  • Day, Boarding
  • 150 students
  • Learning disabilities
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The Gow School 58750 MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Coed ADHD (moderate to severe) Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability) Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) Dyscalculia Dysgraphia Language Processing Disorder
Mississauga, Ontario
Dundas St. W/Erin Mills Pkwy
 
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"We will do whatever it takes to ensure every student has success. With our flexible support and guidance, our students overcome their challenges. They develop the confidence to make mistakes – and learn from them." —From the school

  • Gr. SK to 12 (Coed)
  • Progressive curriculum
  • $20,000 to $40,000
  • Learning disabilities
  • Developmental
  • Behavioral and Emotional
  • Physical
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Vianney Academy 20000 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed ADHD (moderate to severe) ADHD (moderate to severe) ADHD (moderate to severe) Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability) Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability) Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability) Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) Autism Autism Autism Asperger's Syndrome Asperger's Syndrome Asperger's Syndrome Clinical anxiety Clinical anxiety Clinical anxiety Language Processing Disorder Language Processing Disorder Language Processing Disorder Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD) Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD) Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD) Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit Intellectual disability Intellectual disability Intellectual disability Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) Dyscalculia Dysgraphia Dyscalculia Dysgraphia Dyscalculia Dysgraphia Troubled behaviour / troubled teens Troubled behaviour / troubled teens Troubled behaviour / troubled teens Dyspraxia (Developmental Coordination Disorder) Dyspraxia (Developmental Coordination Disorder)
Mississauga, Ontario
Erin Mills Parkway/Turner Valley Road
 
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"Oakwood is a distinguished private school in Mississauga specializing in special needs education, featuring programs rooted in the innovative Developmental, Individual Differences, Relationship-Based (DIR®)." —From the school

  • Gr. JK to 12 (Coed)
  • Progressive curriculum
  • $23,355 to $78,720
  • Learning disabilities
  • Developmental
  • Behavioral and Emotional
  • Physical
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Oakwood Academy 23355 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed ADHD (moderate to severe) ADHD (moderate to severe) ADHD (moderate to severe) Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability) Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability) Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability) Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) Dysgraphia Dysgraphia Language Processing Disorder Dysgraphia Dyscalculia Dyscalculia Dyscalculia Language Processing Disorder Language Processing Disorder Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD) Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD) Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD) Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit Autism Autism Autism Asperger's Syndrome Asperger's Syndrome Asperger's Syndrome Intellectual disability Intellectual disability Intellectual disability Clinical Depression Clinical Depression Clinical Depression Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) Dyspraxia (Developmental Coordination Disorder) Dyspraxia (Developmental Coordination Disorder) Down syndrome Down syndrome Down syndrome Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Cerebral palsy Cerebral palsy Clinical anxiety Clinical anxiety Clinical anxiety
Toronto, Ontario
St. Clair Ave West/Avenue Road
 
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"Founded on the science of neuroplasticity, Arrowsmith Program provides students with the skills necessary to overcome their learning disabilities and transform their academic, cognitive, emotional and social lives." —From the school

  • Gr. 1 to 12 (Coed)
  • Progressive curriculum
  • $6,000 to $33,000
  • Learning disabilities
  • Developmental
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Arrowsmith School 6000 Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day eSchool Coed Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability) Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability) Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability) Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) ADHD (moderate to severe) ADHD (moderate to severe) ADHD (moderate to severe) Dyscalculia Language Processing Disorder Dysgraphia Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD) Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit Dyscalculia Dysgraphia Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD) Language Processing Disorder Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD) Language Processing Disorder Dysgraphia Dyscalculia Asperger's Syndrome
Calgary, Alberta
Highway 1/Stony Trail East
 
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"Third Academy is a school with a heart. We are inclusive, supporting students with a variety of disabilities and disorders. Our sliding scale bursary program makes our services accessible to all families." —From the school

  • Gr. JK to 12 (Coed)
  • Liberal Arts curriculum
  • $2,625 to $17,500
  • Day school
  • 250 students
  • Learning disabilities
  • Developmental
  • Behavioral and Emotional
  • Physical
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Third Academy 2625 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed ADHD (moderate to severe) Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability) Dyscalculia Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) Dysgraphia Language Processing Disorder Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD) Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit Autism Autism Asperger's Syndrome Asperger's Syndrome Suicidal thoughts Clinical Depression ADHD (moderate to severe) ADHD (moderate to severe) Intellectual disability Intellectual disability Intellectual disability Troubled behaviour / troubled teens Troubled behaviour / troubled teens Clinical Depression Suicidal thoughts Drug and alcohol abuse Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability) Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability) Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) Dyscalculia Dyscalculia Dysgraphia Dysgraphia Language Processing Disorder Language Processing Disorder Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD) Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD) Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit Clinical anxiety Clinical anxiety Cerebral palsy Cerebral palsy Dyspraxia (Developmental Coordination Disorder) Dyspraxia (Developmental Coordination Disorder) Deafness Blindness Blindness Deafness
North York, Ontario
Bathurst/Wilson
 
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"Magnificent Minds Inc. caters to students whose needs are not being met in traditional school environments, pursuing personal best through a balanced approach to education." —From the school

  • Gr. JK to 8 (Coed)
  • Traditional curriculum
  • $24,000 to $28,000
  • Day school
  • 40 students
  • Learning disabilities
  • Developmental
  • Behavioral and Emotional
  • Physical
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Magnificent Minds 24000 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed ADHD (moderate to severe) ADHD (moderate to severe) ADHD (moderate to severe) Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability) Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability) Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability) Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) Language Processing Disorder Language Processing Disorder Language Processing Disorder Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD) Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD) Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD) Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit Dyscalculia Dyscalculia Dyscalculia Autism Autism Autism Asperger's Syndrome Asperger's Syndrome Asperger's Syndrome Down syndrome Down syndrome Down syndrome Intellectual disability Intellectual disability Intellectual disability Troubled behaviour / troubled teens Troubled behaviour / troubled teens Troubled behaviour / troubled teens Clinical Depression Clinical Depression Clinical Depression Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) Dyspraxia (Developmental Coordination Disorder) Dyspraxia (Developmental Coordination Disorder) Cystic Fibrosis Cystic Fibrosis Multiple physical Multiple physical Clinical anxiety Clinical anxiety Clinical anxiety Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)
Toronto, Ontario
 
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"Some of the greatest inventors, authors, and entrepreneurs of our time had minds that differed from the average. Our unique methodology addresses the needs of learners with ADHD and Dyslexia." —From the school

  • Gr. 3 to 8 (Coed)
  • Progressive curriculum
  • $21,000
  • Day school
  • 30 students
  • Learning disabilities
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The Learning Common 21000 MiddleSchools Day Coed Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability) ADHD (moderate to severe) Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) Dysgraphia Language Processing Disorder Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit
Toronto, Ontario
Breadalbane St/St Luke Ln
 
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"The YMCA Academy is an alternative school for students in grades 6 to 12 with learning disabilities and learning style differences, offering individualized Special Education support." —From the school

  • Gr. 6 to 12 (Coed)
  • Progressive curriculum
  • $26,500
  • Learning disabilities
  • Developmental
  • Behavioral and Emotional
  • Physical
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The YMCA Academy 26500 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed ADHD (moderate to severe) ADHD (moderate to severe) Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability) Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) Dyscalculia Dysgraphia Language Processing Disorder Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD) Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability) Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) Dyscalculia Language Processing Disorder Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD) Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit Clinical Depression Clinical Depression Dyspraxia (Developmental Coordination Disorder) Blindness Deafness Cystic Fibrosis Multiple physical Autism Asperger's Syndrome Intellectual disability Autism Asperger's Syndrome Down syndrome Intellectual disability Suicidal thoughts
North York, Ontario
Avenue Road/Lawrence Avenue
 
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"Through our dynamic individual education plans, mentorship, and therapeutic counselling we ensure all students feel comfortable, respected and cared for, so they stay actively engaged in their educational journey." —From the school

  • Gr. 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Progressive curriculum
  • $18,875 to $24,075
  • Learning disabilities
  • Developmental
  • Behavioral and Emotional
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AVRO Academy 18875 HighSchools Day Coed ADHD (moderate to severe) ADHD (moderate to severe) ADHD (moderate to severe) Troubled behaviour / troubled teens Troubled behaviour / troubled teens Troubled behaviour / troubled teens Clinical Depression Clinical Depression Clinical Depression Suicidal thoughts Suicidal thoughts Suicidal thoughts Drug and alcohol abuse Drug and alcohol abuse Drug and alcohol abuse Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability) Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability) Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability) Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) Dyscalculia Dyscalculia Dyscalculia Dysgraphia Dysgraphia Dysgraphia Language Processing Disorder Language Processing Disorder Language Processing Disorder Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD) Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD) Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD) Autism Autism Autism Asperger's Syndrome Asperger's Syndrome Asperger's Syndrome Clinical anxiety Clinical anxiety Clinical anxiety Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit

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