torsdag den 21. juni 2012

A school that helps the gifted excel ...

The Danish version is alot different. and is found here Dansk

David speaking in the video, is spokesperson for the Rainard School. A school

What do you do your child is slightly more over active?
  He can't focus and you take your child to the doctor. What's wrong my child? Don't worry your child -- needs medication.

They basically said no no no that is not the case, it's not about education.

The teaching approach is different than what you use for the gifted students who achieve in a more typical academic setting.

The key thing is our school is really try to focus on the child's strengths. With the children we, they have IQs that ranged from 135 -- up to 181 or even 200. And these children often do not develop uniform across the whole spectrum. So we were able to try to celebrate the child's strengths and let them move as rapidly in areas where they excel.

But we help them and built up their deficits other areas. We also find that these children have different levels of social and physical skills. When my son got to the third grade, his inability to have a good neat handwriting was really a barrier in school and this became insurmountable barrier to success in the school.

So we we try to design the school's curriculum so that those kinds of problems in this kind of developmental delays are are not an issue for the child.

(Reporter) So basically, David, in situations like that -- your son's experienced that where perhaps he couldn't get the hand writing skills  -- like so many other students -- so it instead of him being recognized as Gifted and needing a more challenging curriculum he was put in a different avenue if you will? He may have been put sort of in this slow student lane?

(Father) Lane if you it is you know, just bluntly put.

And that thatwas our first child,  it's I would and we did not even know what was happening to him. He was always a very æger at school and even eager to do reading and writing at home, but in third grade he was transformed into a totally different child.

He was he was literally depressed and we were very worried about him. So we took him to doctors, had him tested by psychologists. We really thought there was something medically wrong with the him.

And we were really surprised to find out that the problem was that he had this high IQ, that we didn't really suspect or understand. And that he wasn't getting the challenge and stimulation he needed at school. And also he would he  reached the conclusion, based on the teachers feedback, that he was not verybright, succesfull.

And so he just shut down and he was he was -- on a path to being medicated and being put in a  "remedial program" and thats what happens! Much more often you would you would believe.

David here is some comments:

- Teachers who have no medical trainingare diagnosing kids with ADD.
- And same person says I agree that we are over medicating our kids as well as ourselves too.

(Reporter) I mean clearly you're onto something David, I know it's happening and youare offering a service the Houston area. If I'm in Houston area and would  like to comewhat would it take for me to get my child in your school? Do I need a lot of money?

Well, it's a private school and it is expensive you know compared to the public education system, it's about 151000 dollars a year. But we have very small classes.

The entry criteria is so that we need an IQ test and there are are cut off: 135 IQ. And on top of that we have children that come to visit the school and we really try to accept children who we think we can help. You know they spend a day at the school on a trial basis.

We've found that's the best way to find out, in a sense the children know for themselves.

There is really no other school like this -- and so unfortunately if you are the parent and you have this problem - this is a challenge for the children. Our school is the only one in town so the bottom line it is reality. That's reality when your reality is that your son is -- on every medication or on the way to being put on medication!

Now we  thank God we were resistant. We never did that, but we have so many kids that have come to our school when they've been medicated. And we've we we find a lot of cases that they have parents that will try to take  them off the medications. I've seen so many cases where the children are fine.

(Reporter) And you know it's it's a tragedy to see what the children have been subjected to. And it is a wonderful story about your sons, and I think your daughter is there too? It's, well great.

(David) We have four kids. They have all gone to the school and we have two stil going to the school there now, and it has truly, truly saved my kids' lives.  I I don't,  I shudder to think well what would have  happened to them if we not, found the school.

(Reporter) Well, David Stately good on you for helping your children and helping so many other children as well as their parents with some challenges that they perhaps they did not know they- had answers to actually:

Achieving goals that they thought at one time impossible David
Spokesperson for the Rainart school in east.

Twice Exceptional Denmark

Twice Exceptional Denmark er lavet for dobbelt exceptionelle børn dvs. børn med særlige forudsætninger som samtidig har indlæringsvanskeligheder. Disse børn kan have opmærksomheds-, koncentrations- og kontakt- vanskeligheder som oftest er pga. Ordblindhed/ Dyslexi, ADHD, AS, PDD NOS, OCD, Tourette osv.

Det ofte set at Børn med særlige forudsætninger er af natur Asynkron Udviklet dvs. det halter med at deres emotionelle og sociale udvikling følger med det som ses ved jævnaldrende, samtidig med at de lærer lynhurtigt det emner de er motiveret for og ender således ofte foran jævnaldrende i disse oråder, uden sparringspartner. Børnene ender ofte meget ”misforstået” og en tværfagligindsats er nødvendig hvis sådan en situation skal kunne vendes.

Tværfaglighed bør bestå af en BMSF konsulent/psykolog og derudover specialister jvf. barnets specifikke diagnoser og andre problemer hver gang handleplaner udarbejdes, barnets evalueres osv. Men der er langt vej endnu, da BMSF ikke anerkendes i Kommunerne, og dermed overses det at barnet har behov for en ”særlig” forståelse og indsigt for at børnene kan få den rette hjælp jvf. Socialloven og Inklusion.

Men desværre ses disse børn i AKT forløb, heldagsskoler og kan ende i Udsatte grupper:

De unge, som kommer til opholdsstederne, har været vanskelige at placere i de kommunale tilbud, hvor hverken de unge, som kommer til opholdstederne eller de elever, der går i de kommunale tilbud, vil profitere af at være sammen.