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- List of schools
- What is a learning disability?
- What kinds of learning disability schools are there in Poland?
- What are the benefits of Poland learning disability schools?
What is a learning disability?
Learning disabilities, sometimes called “learning disorders,” are neurological or neurodevelopmental. They result from the way a child is wired.
While children with learning disabilities have average to above average intelligence, they have trouble with some aspect of learning. This may include reading, writing, spelling, reasoning, and remembering and organizing information. Though there are many different kinds of learning disabilities, some are especially common.
- Auditory and visual processing disorders
- Non-verbal learning disorders
What kinds of learning disability schools are there in Poland?
There are many different types of private and non-public schools in Poland. This includes learning disability schools (and other special needs schools). There are private learning disability schools at the preschool, elementary, middle, and high school level.
These schools provide support for a wide range of learning disorders. They do this through skilled instruction and specialized programs. Some of the main types of LD schools and programs are described below.
Dedicated LD schools: These are self-contained learning disability schools (both day and boarding), where 100% of the students have LDs. They provide full-time support for students with one or more LD. Trained teachers and staff can focus on tailoring the environment for LD students, without compromise. These schools also normally have lots of special resources, such as extra support staff, technological aids, and counselling and tutoring programs. Some of these schools focus on one or more specific LDs, while others offer support for most or all LDs.
Dedicated LD classes: These are schools with at least one separate, dedicated class, where 100% of the students have learning disabilities. These classes take place alongside regular, non-LD classes. Normally, these classes provide full-time support for students with one or more learning disability. They usually have teachers with specialized training, as well as extra support staff.
Withdrawal or pull-out LD classes: These are schools with special education classes, where students receive LD support on a part-time basis. LD students, in these schools, are taken out of regular class periodically to receive specialized support and programming for their learning disabilities. These special ed. classes can take place anywhere from once a week to multiple times a day. They’re meant to supplement and reinforce learning done in the regular classroom.
Schools with in-class LD support: Some schools don’t have a dedicated learning disability class or part-time special education class, yet still provide LD support. In these schools, teachers provide support for students with LDs in a regular classroom. This is done by making in-class accommodations, such as allowing more time for tests or assignments, or modifications, such as changing the curriculum or grade-level expectations for students with LDs.
What are the benefits of Poland learning disability schools?
If your child struggles with a learning disability, they’ll need the right kind of support. A learning disability school in Poland can be just what your child needs. Many private and non-public schools in Poland offer small classes, tailored instruction, extra support and resources, and other effective ways to support children with LDs.
Depending on your child and the type of school you choose, an LD school can benefit your child in several ways. (If you’re interested in the benefits of private Poland schools in general, read our dedicated guide.)
- Specialized support: Private LD schools in Poland tend to have teachers with training in special needs education. They also often have extra teaching staff and extensive resources to aid LD students. This allows them to give your child the special attention and support they require.
- Individualized learning: LD schools in Poland customize learning. Whether this is done in a regular class, a dedicated LD class, or a part-time special ed. class, teachers tailor curricula to meet your child’s unique learning needs. For many students, this can make all the difference in the world. It can lead to increased focus and engagement, and remove obstacles to learning that students without LDs don’t face.
- Extra resources: Dedicated LD schools and classes tend to have a wide range of resources to allow your child to overcome challenges and learn effectively. This can include special classroom materials (such as audio books), technological aids (such as a tablet equipped with helpful applications), academic and personal counselling, and tutoring and mentoring programs. Many regular schools in Poland (not focused on LD or special needs support) have some of these resources as well.
- Special accommodations: All schools in Poland, private and public, are required to offer accommodations to students with learning disorders or other special needs. Accommodations can mean differentiated instruction, more time for tests and assignments, note-takers, audio books, hearing aids, and much more. LD schools are especially vigilant about making sure your child receives the accommodations they need to overcome their learning challenges, so that they can succeed in school.
- Small classes: Private schools in Poland, including LD schools, tend to have small classes. This is crucial for your child if they are LD. It provides them with a calm learning environment with less distractions, which can help them focus on their work and accomplish their goals. Since many of these classes also have lower student-to-teacher ratios, your child will also receive the special attention they need.
- Language learning: Many private Poland schools, including Warsaw schools, have specialized language instruction. For instance, most international schools in Poland offer English-language instruction, and some offer bilingual, Polish-English instruction. This can be especially helpful for LD students who struggle with languages or literacy skills, or those who excel in these areas.
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