Children's Institute For Learning Differences (CHILD)

Children's Institute For Learning Differences (CHILD) Photo #1 - We help children move from feeling despair to feeling hopeful and skilled.
CHILD is a three-component 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizationthatprovides therapeutic day-school services, pediatricclinicaltherapy services for students and private clients (ages 3 -18),and support and training for parents and professionals.

School Overview

School TypeSpecial Education School
School Membership(s)School Assoc.Other school association(s)
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Kindergarten-12
ADD/ADHD SupportYes
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Learning Programs SupportedSensory processing, Autism, language, developmental delays, cognitive, emotional, social, behavioral, attention
Year Founded1977
Summer School OfferedYes

Student Body

Total Students44 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 24%
Students by Grade Children's Institute For Learning Differences (CHILD) Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers7 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio6:1
National avg.: 13:1
Average Class Size8 students
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Tuition NotesWe work with students placed by parents or in partnership with 25 school districts in the Puget Sound region.

School Notes

  • CHILDis a regional specialty school for children withemotional,social and behavioral challenges. Founded in1977,we havesuccessfully educated children with a range of conditionsthatinterfere with learning including: Sensory ProcessingDisorders,Behavioral difficulties, Inability to self-regulate,Anxiety,Impulsivity, Disorganization, Communication deficits andInflexiblethinking.
  • Since 1980, CHILD has been approved by the WashingtonStateOffice of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) toprovidecontracted therapeutic services to students from publicschooldistricts whose resources cannot adequately serve them.
  • CHILD serves approximately 60-75 full-time studentsplacedbyparents or in partnershipwith up to 25 schooldistricts that live inKing, Pierce, Snohomish and Kitsap countiesand commute daily to ourcampus. All ofthestudents who attend CHILD receive SpecialEducation Services.
  • In addition to academics and integrated therapeuticsupports,CHILDspecializes in teaching self-regulation,socialemotional learning skills and coping tools to children withspecialneeds. Small class size and very low student to teacherratioensures focused instruction. Classroom lessons andintegratedmental health supports are customized based oneachchild'sstrengths and challenges. Individualized instruction buildslaggingskills to work through challenging behavior, sostudentscanlearn, grow and succeed.
  • Why Choose CHILD? Using an empathy-based approach werepairtrust, boost self-esteem and practice skills. Wehelpstudentsgrow beyond the struggles that block their readinessforlearning and to connect with their world.
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