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Let Your Child Design Their Own Summer School

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What if your child could design their own summer learning program?

At Brock’s Academy they can.  We combine your child’s interests with skill building summer tutoring or classes.  Here are three creative ways parents, children and Brock’s built custom learning solutions. (note: all student names were changed to protect privacy)


An American Girl Summer

Emily did not finish first grade reading at standard.  Knowing a student’s reading ability is the number one indicator of their future academic success, Emily’s mother sought a summer reading program to help Emily practice her skills.
One of our reading specialist met with Emily and her mother to evaluate Emily’s reading needs and discover Emily’s interests.  Emily brought her new American girl doll to the session, which had the companion book that was beyond Emily’s reading level.  Our specialist built Emily a custom program where she read books at her level, about the time era and geographic location of her doll.  Instead of reading practice being a chore to battle over, Emily became much more open to reading as it gave her a way to support her own interest.
A very fun conclusion was a family vacation her mother coordinated with Emily’s Brock’s instruction.  Together they created a map of the trip and areas that corresponded with the history of Emily’s doll.  The anticipation of the trip worked as a great reading motivator for Emily.


Global Warming Activism

Matt is a gifted student on the autism spectrum.  As often happens with twice gifted students, Matt’s high intelligence and special needs truly taxed his local school and his parents felt he had not performed to his full ability.
One of our special education instructors met with Matt and his parents to design a summer program to support Matt’s specialized instruction while allowing him to deeply explore a topic of his interest – the threat of global warming.  Across the summer behavioral strategies were woven into a curriculum focused on Matt’s topic of interest.  For his final project Matt filmed a series of videos which he posted to a website he built.  All with the goal of educating others on the topic of global warming.
So often at Brock’s we see amazing academic performance from the twice gifted student, once the environment is designed to fit their needs.  In addition to having a great time digging deeply into a topic of passion, Matt learned, along with his parents, new insight and strategies they could use for the coming school year.

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Autism vs. Awesome-ism©
By Dr. Melodee Loshbaugh, Co-founder & Executive Director of Brock’s Academy, Woodinville, WA

>What if we decided to just open our minds and see things from a wider, more diverse perspective?

>What if we didn't easily label and categorize people that we perceive to be different than us?

>What if we learned to think about people and differences as not right or wrong, but just different gifts?

>What if we fully believed and accepted that there is, and always has been, neurodiversity (i.e. cognitive differences) in the world?

>What if we accepted that neurodiversity is a brilliant achievement of Mother Nature?

>What if we entered each day believing each one of us is uniquely created and here to serve a higher purpose?

>What if we believed our job is to support one another in achieving that higher purpose?

>What if our differences are here to teach us appreciation, compassion, acceptance and to challenge us to stay open to all?

>What would that be like? # # #

Ryan, a 14-year old autistic student, writes:
>Meet me where I am.
>Stop trying to fix me. I don’t try to fix you.
>See my gifts, talents and strengths, not things you think I should have; see the “me” I was born with.
>Learn from me. Sit with me. Try to see the world from my perspective.
>Love me unconditionally and find ways to support me in what I came here to contribute to the world.
>Appreciate me.
>Just because I am experiencing the world in a different way than you are doesn’t mean it’s wrong, so stop judging me.
>I am me and I am beautiful.
>I am happy and I am whole. # # #

Copyright 2017—Dr. Melodee Loshbaugh
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