At Aatman, challenging concepts are introduced and taught by using multisensory approaches, experiential learning, manipulatives, multimedia—anything, in short, to engage all the senses and encourage students to be actively involved in the learning process. This ensures that students are appropriately challenged and can enjoy success. Furthermore, the child does not have to fit into a particular program; because every teacher has expertise and specialized training; they have the flexibility to offer instruction that is most appropriate to each individual.
Teachers at Aatman Academy are truly specialists. Whether it is a science class, a math class, or a history class, these teachers have a thorough understanding of and sensitivity to students who learn differently. Unlike many mainstream set-ups, at aatman compassion and flexibility is not limited to the “learning centre” or “resource room,” nor is it limited to the classroom. Adults who are in contact with students throughout the day share this expertise and specialization. The result is that students are understood, their strengths are appreciated, their needs are consistently met, and they are not misperceived or mislabelled as being “lazy,” “unmotivated,” or “stupid.”
It is also very important to note the difference between “support” and “remediation.” Schools that offer academic support help students keep up with what is happening in the classroom. For example, if a student has a deficit in reading comprehension, academic support might help that student keep up with readings in history class, but support services do not directly address the student’s reading comprehension deficit. Therefore, support services can be seen as a “band-aid” approach to learning, where students simply get by. Conversely, remedial instruction is structured to explicitly and directly develop skills while teaching students important strategies to compensate for their weaknesses. Remedial instruction is evidenced by a separate and distinct curriculum that is individualized to students’ learning needs.
It is important to understand that while no school can “cure” a student’s learning problem, specialized instruction schools such as aatman academy offer effective, research-based instruction that ensure that children receive the best possible opportunity to make significant academic gains. Furthermore, by meeting the needs of the “whole child”, our comprehensive programs help students gain confidence, develop self-advocacy skills, appreciate their talents, and discover their potential.
The final goal of Aatman Academy is to prepare students with learning challenges such as LD, not just for a livelihood and living but for a positively, productive and peaceful life!
Aatman Academy, a school with a difference….. A school that celebrates differences!