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.
Big RI Dyslexia News 6/2012: RI House and Senate has just put on the calendar for passage the following bill ENTITLED, JOINT RESOLUTION CREATING A SPECIAL LEGISLATIVECOMMISSION TO ASSESS THE EDUCATIONAL NEEDS OF CHILDREN WITH READING DISABILITIES AND DYSLEXIA.
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