OLW does offer some extra resources for students.
The learning challenges resource program has been established to aid those students who, for any variety of reasons – social, emotional, psychological, or physiological- are having difficulty attending and/or learning within the regular classroom. Possibly a more accurate label would be “learning differences.” These children have a unique set of learning difficulties that will always be present in their lives. Fortunately, they can learn to cope with these differences and compensate for them. The learning disabilities program at OLW is a resource program and is not a full-time, self-contained classroom. The Learning Disability Specialist works closely with the child’s classroom teacher to aid him/her within the regular classroom curriculum. This can be achieved through modifications in the setting, material, or personal presentation.
Referrals for assistance can come from the child’s current teacher, a recommendation from the former teacher, or at the request of the parents. Since our referrals are made on a less formal basis than is possible within the public system, assistance, when necessary, can often be made available more quickly.
Speech and Language
Our Lady of the Wayside has a Speech Language Pathologist, provided by District 25, to provide support and speech language assessments to students who have been verified with speech disabilities/needs. This service also provides support for teachers and school staff by assisting in goal setting for students, and to assist the teaching staff with techniques that help the students compensate for their areas of difficulty.
Our Lady of Wayside School has partnered with AMITA in fulfillment of its mission in preparing students to meet the challenges of our world and lay the groundwork to develop into our future leaders. The Professional School Counselors at OLW support staff, families, community, and especially students through encouraging each student and community member to recognize, develop, and share his or her God-given talents and gifts. As Christian values, mutual respect and trust are emphasized for students, teachers and families in all programs and activities, OLW school counseling initiatives support the development, growth, and maintenance of those values for prosperous and balanced living.
Please view the attachments for more information about OLW School Counseling and AMITA.