Interesting Links and Resources

School Tuition or specific fees for students with disabilities may be tax deductible if the program is prescribed by a licensed health-care professional.  Check with a tax expert for specific advice.  The IRS places numerous requirements on medical expense deductions for special needs, but one of the more interesting is a medical educational deduction. [Internal Revenue Code Section 213 and the regulations thereunder provide for the full or partial deductibility of tuition and other related costs as medical expenses when paying for certain qualifying educational programs. For students enrolled in our special education programs, some or all of the cost of attending our program may qualify as a tax-deductible medical expense.  Please note that the Internal Revenue Service has not specifically advised us as to whether our tuition is tax deductible, and St. Andrew’s School makes no representations in this respect.  We strongly recommend that you consult your tax advisor for the determination of deductibility based on the particular facts and circumstances regarding your child’s enrollment.]  Here is a recent article about these taxes from Texas.

Find out what a mindset is and how mindset can be changed or influenced. Our freshmen are learning to recognize mindset (Carol Dweck from Stanford is the author of the Mindset, 2006). 

Explore Wilson Reading and Language Results from the Wilson Reading Program staff in Massachusetts.

Recent TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) speaker Sir Ken Robinson talks about schools and creativity.  Creativity opportunities are critical in schools.  Explore the Arts opportunities St. Andrew’s offers.

The International Dyslexia Association has a very helpful Web site, including links and books, even tests for parents. This site has a great online bookstore that provides overviews of new and classic books linked to Dyslexia.  New Selections: My Dyslexia by Philip Schultz, 9/2012; The Dyslexic Advantage by Brock Eide, 7/2012; Classics: Basic Facts About Dyslexia, Louisa Moats and Karen E. Dakin, 2007; Overcoming Dyslexia by Sally Shaywitz, 2005; From ABC to ADHD by Eric Tridas, 2007

LD OnLine is one of the easiest and best known Web sites to access information regarding learning differences and disabilities.


What is executive functioning?

What is working memory?

Literature about the brain is everywhere, one great resource the St. Andrew's faculty read is Brain Rules by John Medina, find Dr. Medina’s videos at this Web site, they are very thought-provoking; he is a wonderful teacher.  He also has a Web site regarding brain rules for babies. 

For online information regarding ADHD, a very good resource is CHADD, Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder  

There is a wonderful organization Rhode Island Parent Information Network if you are looking for resources.

For More Information:

Admissions information - Contact Kristel Dunphy, Assistant Director of Admissions
Learning Services Program information - Contact Dr. Dana Gurney, Director of Learning Services

• Assessment and Evaluation Information Needed for Candidate Application
As we strive to meet the individual needs of each potential student, candidates for the Learning Services program are evaluated based on their learning profile and the potential to thrive in our community. Current assessment information is key to understanding a student’s learning profile to determine programming and support needed in our learning environment. This information should include any group standardized testing a school district has completed. In addition, it is most helpful to have a current Psychoeducational Evaluation completed privately or through one’s school district. This includes both cognitive and educational achievement assessment information.  The more current this information is, the easier it is to plan programming for the student. We also like to see the testing results from when the primary diagnosis was initially made. 

In terms of cognitive testing, most often the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children WISC 4th or 5th edition or for those preparing for college, the Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale 4th or 5th edition is utilized. In addition, most often, non-verbal processing measures are included in the cognitive evaluation, such as the Beery-Buktenica Developmental Test of Visual Motor Integration and the Rey-Osterrieth Complex Figure Test or the Hooper Visual Organization Test. In addition, the testing may also include Memory measures, such as Wide Range Assessment of Memory and Language—2nd Edition, Children’s Memory Scale, California Verbal Learning Test.

For academic testing, be sure the evaluator includes all areas relevant to the primary areas of learning difference. For instance, if the student has reading and written expression challenges,  more than one reading and written measure should be included. For example, this may include, the Wechsler Individual Achievement Test—3rd Edition testing, the Test of Written Language 4th Edition, and the Gray Oral Reading Test 5th Edition or the Nelson Denny Reading Test, that can help determine the role of extra time needed for reading. Depending on the student, if the challenges in reading and writing are due to a language-based learning disability, it is likely that a speech and language evaluation would also be most helpful. If a student has been working with a tutor, information from the tutor would also be relevant. 

If the student has challenges linked to executive functioning, the testing should include information regarding specifics of the challenges and how parents, the student, and teachers view the challenges. This information should be submitted in addition to the achievement academic testing. The Admissions personnel will ask you to complete a Focus form for parents and teachers to complete. 

If the student has social or emotional challenges, include the most relevant testing linked to the challenge. Information from a current therapist may be particularly helpful toward assessing the candidate’s learning profile.

   Dr. Dana Gurney
   Director of Learning Services
   and Co-Director
   of Middle School
   Ph: 401.246.1230 Ext. 3048

   Lisa Goniprow

   Coordinator for the Office
   of Learning Services
   Ph: 401.246.1230 Ext. 3054

   Kristel Dunphy

   Associate Director of
   Admissions & Financial Aid

   Ph: 401.246.1230 Ext. 3053



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