Hudson Valley Private Schools

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A supportive place for those with language challenges

THE KILDONAN SCHOOL

Located in Amenia, this school has a special mission: It serves students who have dyslexia or other language-based learning challenges.

“The most prevalent situation we see is a student who comes to us from another school that wasn’t a good fit for their learning style, or where their educational needs couldn’t be met,” says Dr. Robert Lane, academic dean at Kildonan. “This can range from a student with mild difficulties — where dyslexia affects only a few aspects of their processing of language — or it could be more severe, where dyslexia affects multiple areas.”

Dyslexia is a learning disability which hampers the ability to read, write and/or spell; it’s thought to be connected to the way the brain processes language. People of all ages struggle with dyslexia; it’s estimated that more than 40 million Americans show signs of the disorder. Fortunately, increased awareness among parents and educators now leads to earlier diagnosis and better treatment.

“When kids first come here, you can almost hear the sigh of relief,” says Lane. “They’ve often been struggling at another school, and finally they’re in a place where every other student knows what it’s like to experience the shame and frustration and anxiety they’ve gone through.

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