Do you have a child with learning differences, behavioral challenges or special needs? Feeling overwhelmed, alone and frustrated? You aren't alone. Ronnie's Awesome List is proud to bring you Holly's List, a resource for Bay Area parents who need a little extra support to help navigate the best options for children and teens with AD/HD and Learning Differences.

Schools That Educate Students with LDs, ADHD &/or ASD

Terra Marin, Mill Valley
Elementary & Middle and High School
Specialists: social-emotional learning (SEL) 

Winston Preparatory School, San Rafael
Middle and High School. Full or part-time
1:1 teaching, Financial aid available
Specialists: Dyslexia, nonverbal learning disabilities, and executive functioning difficulties. Our unique model of education for the individual provides intense skill remediation while encouraging students to build independence, resilience, responsibility, self-awareness, and self-advocacy.

Mindful Resource Center, Corte Madera
Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) with an Attachment-based, Mindfulness-oriented, Developmentally-supportive approach

The Burkard School, San Mateo
A small independent K-8 school for bright children who need extra support with self-regulation, executive functioning, and/or social-emotional learning in the classroom.

Authentica, Corte Madera
small social group, girls only, ages 8-16
Specialists: practical skills for navigating the challenges of adolescence

North Bridge Academy, Larkspur
Elementary and Middle School
Specialists: language-based learning differences, such as dyslexia

The Laurel School, San Francisco
Elementary School
Specialists: diverse learning abilities

Sterne School, San Francisco
Upper Elementary and Middle School, college preparatory high school 
Specialists: language-based learning differences (dyslexia, dysgraphia), attentional differences (ADD), executive function

The Helix School, Mill Valley
Mild to moderate ASD, Will build to all grades
1:1 and small group
Specialists: OT, drama therapy, speech and language, math

Tilden Preparatory School, Sausalito, Albany, Walnut Creek
Middle and High School. Full or part-time
1:1 teaching, Financial aid available
Specialists: Executive functioning taught, For students who do not learn in classroom environments, Large percentage of students have ADHD

My City School, San Francisco
Middle School
Active learning, kinesthetic, community learning

The Marin School, San Rafael
High School
The Marin School: Independent high school, grades 9-12. Average 8:1 ratio, approximately 100 students total. Supportive, college prep environment for students with mild to moderate LD. Wide variety of STEM offerings, Honors and Skills level courses offered. Focus on confidence, creativity, integrity and academic excellence. Strong SEL and executive functioning support. Financial Aid available, shuttle service available from San Francisco and Southern Marin.

Star Academy, San Rafael
Dyslexia, ADHD, ADD, Mild ASD, 2-12th
1:1 and small group specialists as well as push-in: OT, multisensory language and math, speech and language, social thinking, mindfulness practices
Small classes, art, music
May students remediate and return to home schools.

Fusion Academy, San Rafael & San Francisco
Middle and high school students for whom traditional classroom does not work
1:1 with small group Homework Café (No homework goes home.)
Full or part-time students. All subjects can be requested

The Think Tank International Academy, Corte Madera
K - 8.  Opens Fall 2017
English & French

Big Minds School, East Bay
Elementary & middle school. Opens Fall 2017
Twice exceptional students (gifted with LDs)

Other LD Schools

Upcoming AD/HD & Learning Disabilities Educational Events

Marin CHADD Parent Share Group  
Last Monday of the month.  12:30 – 2:30pm  Westminster Presbyterian Library, Tiburon
CHADD Volunteer Facilitator: Ellen Nicosia

Star Academy Speaker Series

Featured AD/HD & LD Links             

National Resource Center on AD/HD (A Program of CHADD and CDC) Spanish also. Research-validated information on ADHD.  Special education law and advocacy for parents and professionals. Detailed legal info on rights of students with special needs. Pete Wright is a special ed attorney who has ADHD and dyslexia himself.                                                              

Sensory Processing Disorder & IEPs. Other Health Impaired

Study Tips for Students with ADHD, Community for Accredited Online Schools is a comprehensive accreditation resource that provides prospective students and families with the tools needed to make well-informed decisions about their education.

How to Support Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder, This guide looks at the various challenges faced by autistic students, and their parents and teachers.

Info for Teens & Tweens w/LDs &/or AD/HD

SAFE Voices, PEN.  Teens w/LDs &/or AD/HD

Teen/Tween Club for Teens Who Are Adopted.  (Especially for Teens of color.)  

  • Teen Leaders Meeting (Adopted Teens 15 – 18 years old).

  • “Author, Public Speaker, Different. A young man once labeled “severely learning disabled” journeys across America....” Author: The Short Bus & Learning Outside the Lines. Brown University graduate.

ADHD & Me: Blake Taylor, UC Berkeley student’s memoir. 

AD/HD & LD Links

UC Davis MIND Institute

Supporting Special Needs Families in Marin  Evidence-based educational interventions.  Info on IEPs & categories.  Resources and articles re: children and youth with bipolar disorder.  Education and advocacy information for parents of students with learning disabilities.  AD/HD & Girls & Women & Adults w/AD/HD, Terry Matlen's website includes several hundred articles & informal online support group chats for adults. Terry Matlen is now also at Health Central as the AD/HD expert. Leslie Packer's educational website on executive function disorder.  She also covers Tourette Syndrome or Tourette's Disorder (tics).   Sensory Processing Disorder educational website.  Marin and Sonoma County non-profit for parents re: special needs education, advocacy..  Incredible lending library of books, tapes, DVDs, reference books.   Reading disabilities, dyslexia.  Excellent workshops.  Michelle Garcia Winners' website re: her approach to social cognition deficits. Audiobooks & texts on tape for students with visual impairments or reading disabilities.  Tourette Syndrome message board.  Education and advocacy information on Non-Verbal Learning Disability.  Educational website re: autism spectrum disorders.  Cogmed: Working Memory Training: Research-validated computerized program that trains the brain to become more efficient.  Five-week program has resulted in improved working memory that continues to improve even one year later.  National AD/HD education and advocacy organization.                                          National Resource Center on AD/HD (A Program of CHADD) Spanish also.  Special education law and advocacy for parents and professionals  Twice exceptional (gifted + LD/ADHD),  APD, perfectionism, “over-excitability,” curriculum ideas and more.  Sample behavior plans for AD/HD.  Written expression disorder.  Written expression disorder.  Explains the different types of APD (auditory processing disorder).  APD explanation.  IEP (Individualized Educational Plan) explained.  Listserv for parents re: sensory integration disorder.

How To Interpret a Psychoeducational Report: James Adams, MA, MFT, PEN presentation PowerPoint Notes: More links can be found on PEN website to J. Adams’ materials.

Recent NIMH brain imaging research shows 3-year delay in brain development.  Information about borderline personality disorder and dialectical behavior therapy, which is being found to be useful with AD/HD, bipolar disorder, Aspergers. support group for partners of adults w/AD/HD, all types.  Gina Pera, CHADD Volunteer, facilitates.  

Holly Seerley, MA, MFT is twice exceptional herself, gifted with ADHD. She is one of the SF Bay Area experts on ADHD and co-occurring conditions. A long-time volunteer as well as running a thriving private practice since 1979, she currently serves on the Star Academy Board of Directors (was President for 4 years) and the CHADD National Board of Directors as well as Co-Chair of the CHADD National Affiliate Advisory Board. She has two adult children, one who is a speaker on ADHD and LDs and has ADHD and dyslexia. She sees a wide variety of clients in her private practice, including for relationship therapy, individual therapy, childhood trauma resolution, as well as treatment and consultation for learning differences and ADHD. She can be reached at 415-383-665 or by email