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Finding the Right Match: Selecting a Private School

Conference Session Presentation
Marcia Brown Rubinstien, M.A., C.E.P.

Presented at:
"Reaching Your Potential"
1999 Annual Conference on Learning Disabilities
             for Parents, Persons with LD/ADHD, and Professionals
Hartford, Connecticut
March 27, 1999
Sponsored by: The Learning Disabilities Association of CT, Inc./LDA

Participants :
  • Tammy Babitz, MA, Yale Child Study Center
  • Margie Gillis, EdD, Westport
  • Kim Hartmann, MHS, OTR/L, FAOTA, Quinnipiac College
  • Joan Samuels Kaiser, West Hartford
  • Kathy Kirby, Sedgwick Middle School, West Hartford
  • Howard Klebanoff, Esq., West Hartford
  • Ami Klin, PhD, Yale Child Study Center
  • Laura Ann Kramer, APRN, MSN, Avon
  • Hank Lerner, MEd, NCC, LPC, Hartford
  • Rose McGurkin-Fuhr, MA, Simsbury
  • Donna Merrit, PhD, CCC-SLP
  • Stephanie Miller, MA, Westport
  • Edward Perreault, PhD, DABFE, Winsted
  • Steve Polesol, LCSU, ACSU, BCD, Avon
  • Robert Riccio, PhD, ABPP, CT Children's Medical Center
  • Marcia Rubinstien, MA, CEP, West Hartford
  • John Ryan, PhD, Southington/West Hartford
  • Janet Schrager, PhD, Hartford
  • Ian Spence, PhD, MSW, West Hartford
  • Aileen Stan-Spence PhD, Ben Bronz Academy
  • Preston Wiles, MD, Yale Child Study Center

Finding the Right Match: Selecting a Private School

Summary & excerpts:
This presentation addresses issues and considerations in selecting the most appropriate private school for an individual child. Assessment of student learning styles, faculty teaching strategies, support services, post-secondary goals and financial resources are discussed.

Continuum of support services for students with Learning Disabilities:
  1. no service
  2. decentralized and limited services
  3. loosely coordinated services
  4. centrally coordinated services
  5. data-based services
Programs or Services:
  1. no service
  2. schools that have programs for students with learning disabilities
  3. schools that offer services for students with learning disabilities
Evaluation of services for students with learning disabilities:
Before meeting with the support service personnel, review your academic strengths and weaknesses. Be able to explain what services you are using as well as what services you think will be beneficial at an independent school or college. Specific questions should be asked about support services. A detailed checklist (14 detailed items) is provided. Use the checklist as a guideline to discuss the services available to students.
Investigating Boarding School and PG-13 for your child:
A detailed checklist (14 detailed items) is provided. Use the checklist as a guideline to discuss the services available to students.

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