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NY Schools Special Needs Programs

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The Gateway NY schools special needs programs help students with learning disorders by providing the structure and environment needed to build the skills and confidence to succeed when they enter schools of higher learning. Request more information from us today and see why the Gateway lower and middle schools in Manhattan are the best "NY schools special needs" decision you will make for your child.

Does your child have a learning disorder?  If you are looking for an alternative to the New York Public School system for your special needs child, consider the nurturing environment of The Gateway Schools, which is comprised of The Gateway School of New York, serving ages 5-12, and The Gateway Middle School for grades 5-8. Our The Gateway NY schools special needs programs will make all the difference in your child's educational experience.

Some of the most common learning disabilities and other conditions that impact learning:

Dyslexia, a learning disability in reading, is very common among students. Dyslexia involves a difficulty in understanding the relationship between words and in their sounds or meanings. Children with dyslexia may be slow or poorly comprehend ideas and/or words. Their  reading speed may be sluggish as well.

Dyscalculia which is of innate, genetic or developmental origin, involves difficulty in learning or comprehending math. Dyscalculia refers to a wide range of lifelong learning disabilities involving math. A student with dyscalculia may have difficulty in understanding and manipulating numbers, as well as learning number facts. Younger children may have issues telling time or counting, while older children may have difficulties in doing equations and solving math problems. Since dyscalculia can vary from child to child, it is important to have him/ her properly evaluated. When basic math facts are not mastered earlier, teens and adults with dyscalculia may have trouble moving on to more advanced math applications. Therefore at the Gateway Schools  once a child is diagnosed with Dyscalculia we address both the visual-spatial difficulties and language processing difficulties by using alternate learning methods.

Dysgraphia is a learning disability that affects writing which involves the organization of thoughts through written language. Students with dysgraphia can have trouble organizing letters, numbers, and words on a line or page. Since dysgraphia is a processing disorder, difficulties can change throughout a lifetime. A student with this disorder can benefit from specific accommodations in their learning environment which we provide at the Gateway Schools.

Dyspraxia is not considered a learning disability since it is a disorder that affects motor skill development. However, features of dyspraxia are sometimes seen in students who struggle with learning disabilities such as  dyscalculia, dysgraphia, dyslexia, and other conditions that impact learning.

Aphasia is a language disorder that negatively affects a child's ability to talk, and understand the spoken word. It also impacts their reading and writing. Aphasia occurs after some parts of the brain responsible for language are damaged.

ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) is a common behavioral disorder that affects an estimated 8% to 10% of school-age children, particularly boys. ADHD impairs a child's ability to function socially, academically, and at home. ADHD is broken down into three subtypes, each with its own pattern of behaviors:  inattentive, hyperactive-impulsive, or a combination of the two behaviors. Because there's no test that can determine the presence of ADHD, a diagnosis depends on a complete evaluation.

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and autism are both general terms for a group of complex disorders of brain development. These disorders are characterized by difficulties in verbal and nonverbal communication, social interaction, and repetitive behaviors. Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) includes: autistic disorder, Rett syndrome, childhood disintegrative disorder, pervasive developmental disorder-not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS) and Asperger syndrome.  Intellectual disability, difficulties in motor coordination and attention and physical health issues such as sleep and gastrointestinal disturbances are all associated with Autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Each child with autism is unique. Many of those on the autism spectrum have exceptional abilities in visual skills, music and academic skills. At the Gateway Schools we offer a diverse curriculum including social studies, science, art, music, technology, dance, movement, and adaptive physical education giving unique opportunities for every student to flourish.

Gateway NY schools special needs programs address the issues of all its students. For instance, language therapy and occupational therapy are offered in small groups, on a child by child basis. Social skills are developed throughout the school day in specific groups provided by the speech and language, psychology, and occupational therapy departments at the school. Gateway also offers after-school classes, which although are optional, help supplement a child's development.

We are dedicated to creating a nurturing educational environment where each child can develop academic skills, learning strategies, social competence, and the self-confidence necessary to succeed during school and later in life. Our staff carefully monitors and observes each child’s strengths and weaknesses to ensure that he/she is receiving the best education. Please request more information and learn more about our NY Schools Special Needs Programs at the Gateway Schools.