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Old 03-30-2011, 06:16 PM
 
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Hello,
I am new to this forum and new to Miami. We currently live in Coral Gables and my 7 year old son attends a public elementary school there. My son has been diagnosed with ADHD and significant speech / language delays. He is not getting the services or attention he needs at this current school. It is so heart wrenching watching him struggle and he is aware he is "different" and it breaks my heart! I was hoping to get some input from the other mom's out there on what schools - public or private that are recommended for children with ADHD and learning delays. We are applying for the McKay scholarship too. We are open to having him attend a school anywhere in this miami area and want to compare schools.
Thanks!
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Old 03-31-2011, 01:45 PM
 
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I know absolutely nothing about your state, but we had similar issues with our daughter. You can hire an educational specialist who can help you find a school that will suit your son. There is also a chapter of CHAAD in your area. Here's the website: CHADD Affiliate #844 They should also be able to send you in the right direction. Good luck.
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Old 04-13-2011, 10:03 AM
 
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There is a wonderful school about 10 miles west of Coral Gables that handles "ADHD" by simply educating the

child. They uniformly handle students and bring them up to grade level.


They tell the child they do not believe he is really learning disabled

but he will have to learn and that it might involve some work.
They find out what the child is interested in and tailor a program

around that.

Then they test to find the actual level of understanding and start

there by clearing up confusions and bringing them up to grade level.

The students actually start to like school!

They also teach manners! (This often produces a positive effect in the

whole family!)

The school is called Help Miami they are in the Miller Square Shopping

Mall at the corner of SW 56th St. and SW 137th.

HELP Miami
13828 SW 56th Street
Miami, FL 33175
Phone: (305) 752-4003

Check it out at: Hollywood Education & Literacy Project Miami (H.E.L.P. Miami ) School and Tutoring Center

(If you are not in Miami you can contact them anyway about help setting

up such a school in your area!)
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Old 04-21-2011, 08:08 PM
 
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Hi, I just wanted to let you know that a new school for children with disabilities is opening up for the 2011/2012 school year. It is called the School for Unique Learning and is located at the Dave and Mary Alper JCC. The school is small and the grades range from K-2. We have small class sizes with a 3:1 ratio. The facility itself is huge. It has two playgrounds, a swimming pool, a baseball field, children's theatre, etc.

We are now accepting applications and we accept the McKay Scholarship. For more information please contact us at 305.271.9000 ext 237. Our address is 11155 Sw 112th Ave. Miami, Fl. 33176
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Old 02-17-2016, 11:37 PM
 
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Hello,
I am new to this forum and new to Miami. We currently live in Coral Gables and my 7 year old son attends a public elementary school there. My son has been diagnosed with ADHD and significant speech / language delays. He is not getting the services or attention he needs at this current school. It is so heart wrenching watching him struggle and he is aware he is "different" and it breaks my heart! I was hoping to get some input from the other mom's out there on what schools - public or private that are recommended for children with ADHD and learning delays. We are applying for the McKay scholarship too. We are open to having him attend a school anywhere in this miami area and want to compare schools.
Thanks!
Hi. I know exactly what you are going thru and hopefully I can be of help. I have an eighteen year old who is now in the 12th grade. I was lucky enough to receive help from McKay scholarship. I received a full scholarship for my son Brandon and right away I enrolled him in a private school called The Vanguard . It is an ADHD school in coconut grove located on the main highway. I enrolled Brandon at the age of 7. He attended The Vanguard up to the 8th grade. This is a WONDERFULL School. They have small class settings and they have amazing teachers. They strongly believe in the "reward" system" for positive reinforcement and it works wonders. Beth Havarilla runs the school and she is an amazing person. After my son graduated from there I enrolled him in St.Brendan High School Champgnet program for learning disabilities and they too have small class settings. Did I mention The Vanguard has only 200 kids and the classes have like 8 kids or so. Both schools are very upscale so only good habits will be picked up. Another plus about the Vanguard is no food with sugar is allowed at all. You must provide your child's lunch but they are big on sugar free foods! You can call me anytime for more on Brandon's experience and trust me I know what your saying about your son feeling "different." I cried a many nights praying that Brandon will always fit in. Sometimes I still do. I worry now about college and his future. Take Care, Nancy 786 624 4720 P.S. I work with a great Neurology group that specializes with kids with ADHD
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Old 09-29-2016, 01:13 PM
 
Location: NY, but moving to Miami
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Smile Moving from NY to Miami_Teen with ADD

Hello Nancy and the whole group,

I can't say how happy I am on finding this forum, it feels like a candle in a dark room!!! We live in NY, so Miami is something totally new. We still have one year, but our son has ADD (IEP & 504 accommodations), so it's a big challenging for him to go to High School, but also to go to a different state, without friends and without anything that he always lived with...

We are only seeing the positive side (Weather, work, friends, etc), but he is full of uncertainty and anxiety, so we really want to find a good school for him. We need a place that will have a special program for kids with learning disabilities, because we know that the process of application is very competitive and stressful. I'm afraid that he will not be able to be accepted in a good High School...

Anyway, I would love to hear from you in regards of these kind of schools. Is there a list of these types of schools that I could have access? I know that there are many magnet programs in the public school system, but all the ones that he liked are with science as major. He is the best student in science of his school, but he hates math, so he is very bad... The programs are together (Science, Math and Technology), it seems that you have to have a high GPA & pass in a test, etc... I have no idea how to start.

Any guidance from you or from anybody with similar situation would be wonderful!!!
Thanks a lot and God bless you,
Angela
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