Here in the New York area, there is certainly no shortage of possibilities for your child during that long stretch of much-looked-forward-to summer months. From sleep-away camps, to day camps, day trips, travel trips, academic undertakings, and community centers, there is surely an adventure for each child.
But what is a great option when a parent wants to combine a fabulous summertime experience with academic learning and support and a child has a learning disability? How is it possible to delight a child with all that the summer classically offers and be sure to keep the momentum up with continued learning support (especially important for special-need children) through the months of July and August?
The Gow School, located in South Wales, New York could be a fabulous choice. This year-round private boarding school for boys, situated in the southeast portion of Erie County, south of Buffalo, offers a summer program for both boys and girls who lave language-based learning disabilities which may include dyslexia, central auditory processing disorder, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, ADHD and ADD.
The summer program is either residential, or day camp, and includes either academic sessions (8AM-1PM) or afternoon recreational activities (1PM- 5PM), or both. The academic portion of the summer days at Gow is structured to maintain a very low student-teacher ratio with an average class size of only 5 students. Classic multisensory teaching strategies and attention to the Multiple Intelligences (we all learn in different ways, some of us are visual, some auditory, some kinesthetic) are incorporated into all lessons. Classes in both language and writing are offered, as well as those that foster student?s creativity, such as art, videography, and more.
Afternoons are devoted to pure fun, especially outdoor activities, including classic offerings like basketball, arts and crafts, hiking, archery and biking, as well as more exotic choices such as crab soccer, rope courses, tennis softball, and equestrian classes.
Special weekend trips are a famous treat at Gow, and include camping, canoeing, amusement park and museum trips, as well as road trips to some of our outstanding Northeast cities and resort towns. Gow?s choices for camper destinations are selected with a concern for adventures that are both exciting as well as academically enriching and culturally rewarding.
The 2011 Summer Program begins on Sunday, June 26th and ends on Saturday, July 30th. Visiting Weekend is set for Friday, July 15th to Sunday July 17th.
The Gow School is located at 2491 Emery Road in South Wales New York. Interested parents can reach the school?s Summer Program at 716-652-3450, or by email at [email protected]