“My Child Has a Learning Disability. Now What?”
You may have just left another disheartening teacher conference or a therapist’s office. Or perhaps another professional has suggested that your child might have a learning disability. What does this all mean? Discovering that your child has a learning disability can leave you feeling overwhelmed and confused.
What’s going to happen to my child? Is school always going to be a struggle? Will they have friends? How will this affect the whole family? Will they be able to go to college? Will they be successful in life? Each of these questions might feel heavy and burdensome, but we are here to help answer your questions.
You are not alone! New students often arrive feeling anxious with concerned, even worried parents not far behind. What you will find, as the families who have traversed this landscape before, is that by the time your student transitions from Horizon Academy, he or she will have learned how to read and write with confidence, communicate effectively, and self-advocate for his or her individual needs in order to be successful. In addition, your child will leave equipped with learning strategies as well as the social skills necessary to be effective in their future school placement and beyond. Anxiety will have quickly subsided, and newfound self-confidence will have emerged. We change students’ lives! We change families’ lives!
Your child is more than a test score or an educational evaluation. Your child is an individual blend of strengths and weaknesses, just like the rest of us. They don’t need to be fixed, because they are not broken, but they may need a different kind of school—and Horizon Academy may be that school.
Change will not happen overnight. It will take strategic hard work on the part of our team, your child, and your whole family. But you will not be alone. Horizon Academy has a remarkable staff of teachers, therapists, and more who believe your child can learn, realize their potential, and be successful in life. Horizon Academy wants to be your resource and work to meet the learning challenges with you, your child, and your family. As the parent of a student with a learning disability (LD), you have a lot of responsibility. We understand your struggles and are here to support you and provide you with information and answers every step of the way.
“You are not alone, and while you will have dyslexia (or other learning disabilities) for the rest of your life, you can dart between the raindrops to get to where you want to go. It will not hold you back.”
– Steven Spielberg, world-famous director