- Taking Care of Kids with Special Learning Needs - 05/30/2020The Vincent Smith School on Long Island in New York serves youngsters with learning disabilities such as dyslexia. Some of the children also have sensory disorders (OCD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) or school anxiety. Back in early March, In anticipation of the remote-learning model that he realized was bound to occur in all New York schools, headmaster John Baldi set a plan in motion to serve his kids, way before politicians announced that schools would close. Out of concern that a lack of continuity would irrevocably set back his extremely vulnerable students, Baldi had his teachers and students training on Zoom early on, so they could hit the ground running once the inevitable occurred. When it did, they were able to convert to online learning in a heartbeat.Today, he Zooms from one online classroom to the next, so that schedules and routines are maintained. He also makes sure that each student continues to receive much-needed therapeutic services like speech, reading, and occupational therapy. Without that, these kids could fall behind quickly and, in some instances, irrevocably. Knowing that parents need as much support as students, Baldi spends much of his time talking, texting, and emailing them. He has even taught some of them how to use Zoom, alleviating their frustrations, and calming their fears.Baldi is also working hard to make sure his kids know they are cared about and missed by their teachers. He created a feel-good video montage of educators from the school, telling the students they`re missed. He`s also working to make sure that the students` families, including extended family members, don`t feel left out, by keeping the school`s social media platforms full of photos of the school`s remote-learning classes.The Vincent Smith School motto: "We teach differently because every child learns differently." That`s never been more apparent than during this very different environment of distance learning, and Baldi has been living and breathing that motto every day.
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- Vincent Smith School is Long Island`s premier college prep school for students in grades 1-12 seeking small, supportive classes or who need helpfor language-based learning differences like Dyslexia/Dyscalculia/Dysgraphia, Auditory & Language Processing Disorders, or School Anxiety.
- Our curriculum benefits average to above-average students without behavioral issues who simply haven't yet reached their potential in traditional schools.
- We provide an exceptionally warm and nurturing learning environment, specifically differentiated for personal growth as well as academic success. 85% of our HS graduates go on to college.
- Our students learn self-discipline, self-advocacy, and self-respect. We emphasize personal responsibility as an integral part of our academic and social-emotional program. Related service specialists are full-time and on-site, providing Speech, Reading, Counseling, and OT in dedicated therapy rooms for all students who need services. Reading specialists are certified in the Wilson Reading System, a science-based reading program based on Orton-Gillingham. Core subject teachers are all special-education certified.
- Vincent Smith School is a not-for-profit organization, chartered by the NYS Board of Regents and accredited by the New York State Association of Independent Schools.As an independent school, we are free of many public school restrictions such as state tests and common core requirements. We value individual assessment over rigorous testing.
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