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
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
Active learning, kinesthetic, community learning
The Marin School, San Rafael
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
Sand Hill School, Palo Alto
Stern School, San Francisco (dyslexia)
Charles Armstrong School, South Bay (dyslexia)
SoloQuest, Larkspur and Sonoma County
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
Featured AD/HD & LD Links
National Resource Center on AD/HD (A Program of CHADD and CDC) Spanish also. Research-validated information on ADHD.
www.wrightslaw.com 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.
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).
www.JonathanMooney.com “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
www.Bpkids.org Resources and articles re: children and youth with bipolar disorder.
www.ldonline.org Education and advocacy information for parents of students with learning disabilities.
www.ADDConsults.com AD/HD & Girls & Women & Adults w/AD/HD, Terry Matlen's website includes several hundred articles & informal online support group chats for adults.
www.adhdcentral.com Terry Matlen is now also at Health Central as the AD/HD expert.
www.schoolbehavior.com/conditions_edf.htm Leslie Packer's educational website on executive function disorder. She also covers Tourette Syndrome or Tourette's Disorder (tics).
www.sensory-processing-disorder.com Sensory Processing Disorder educational website.
www.matrix.org Marin and Sonoma County non-profit for parents re: special needs education, advocacy.. Incredible lending library of books, tapes, DVDs, reference books.
www.rfbd.org Audiobooks & texts on tape for students with visual impairments or reading disabilities.
p069.ezboard.com/Tourette-Syndrome-Message-Boards/ Tourette Syndrome message board.
www.nldline.org Education and advocacy information on Non-Verbal Learning Disability.
www.nationalautismassociation.org Educational website re: autism spectrum disorders.
www.cogmed.com/cogmed/sections/en/6.aspx 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.
www.chadd.org National AD/HD education and advocacy organization.
www.help4adhd.org/ National Resource Center on AD/HD (A Program of CHADD) Spanish also.
www.wrightslaw.com Special education law and advocacy for parents and professionals
www.nswagtc.org.au/info/articles/ Twice exceptional (gifted + LD/ADHD), APD, perfectionism, “over-excitability,” curriculum ideas and more.
www.bridges4kids.org/articles/6-03/ARC6-03.html Sample behavior plans for AD/HD.
www.athealth.com/Consumer/disorders/WrittenExp.html Written expression disorder.
www.emedicine.com/ped/topic2801.htm Written expression disorder.
www.ocslha.com/Ferre.htm Explains the different types of APD (auditory processing disorder).
www.tsbvi.edu/Outreach/seehear/spring00/centralauditory.htm APD explanation.
www.fape.org/pubs/fape-33.pdf IEP (Individualized Educational Plan) explained.
SID-DSI_AllAboutKids@yahoogroups.com 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.
www.tara4bpd.org Information about borderline personality disorder and dialectical behavior therapy, which is being found to be useful with AD/HD, bipolar disorder, Aspergers.
www.chaddnorcal.org/ADHD_Partner, Online 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 HSeerley@aol.com.