Discovery School: A place for children with special learning needs.

Parents » How We Help

Our teachers, principal and staff
all have many years of experience with learning disabilities. We have a wealth of strategies, approaches and suggestions to help you and your child.

We can teach your child specific approaches to schoolwork that will help them ‘learn how to learn’, and provide specific adaptations that will help them succeed. At the same time, we will help your child discover their unique strengths, and learn to work and get along with others. Please think of us as a resource.

Some parents ask us “Can you cure my child’s learning disability?” The short answer is ‘no’. We cannot cure learning disabilities. What we can do, though, is to help your child do their best, appreciate their strengths, and understand their own specific abilities and learning needs so they can succeed.

Some of our students stay at Discovery for several years, some for only a short time before they re-integrate into the public or independent school system. We work to ensure that each student leaves with new skills, new confidence, and new abilities, so their next experience at school is a successful one.

There are many resources to help you help your child. Here are a few you may want to connect with:

Learning Disabilities Association,
South Vancouver Island Chapter

1524 Fort Street
Victoria, B.C. V8S 5J2

Learning Disabilities Association
of British Columbia

c/o LDA of Vancouver
3292 E. Broadway
Vancouver, B.C. V5M 1Z8

Learning Disabilities Association of Canada

323 Chapel Street, Suite 200
Ottawa, Ontario K1N 7H2

Children and Adults
with Attention Deficit Disorders Canada

International Dyslexia Association

CH. A.D.D – Children and Adults
with Attention Deficit Disorders

TeachingLD – The Division for Learning Disabilities of the Council for Exceptional Children

More Resources

Below is a list of helpful parent resources, with links you can click on. Some are specific to learning disabilities and some are of general interest.  

Schwab Learning
This is a not-for-profit foundation with a mission to provide "information, support and hope for parents and educators helping kids with learning differences". It is a very comprehensive site with a great search area where you can search the site by topic or by keyword.

BC Ministry of Education 
This is the Ministry’s home page. Information here may be particularly helpful to those of you who are looking ahead to high school and graduation requirements for your child.     

All kinds of minds
Dr. Levine was a featured speaker at a conference attended by Discovery School teachers. We came away with food for thought. You may find points of agreement and/or points of disagreement, but I know your mind will be stretched as you explore this site.

Focus on the Family
This is the family/parent resource part of the Focus On The Family organization which is lead by Dr. Dobson. The articles and links may be helpful to parents. They are not specific to learning disabilites. You will find an obvious Christian perspective in most of the material.

LD OnLine
This site provides a good general background to all kinds of learning disabilities. You may find some biases in the articles here. OnLine is a service of WETA, Washington, D.C. in association with The Coordinated Campaign for Learning Disabilities.        

Family Education
This is another general resource site for families. There is a link to some special needs sites at the bottom of the main page.     

US National Learning Disabilities Organization
This is part of the US National Learning Disabilities Organization. You will find a links to a host of articles on a variety of learning disability topics.

Media Awareness Network
This is an excellent site with helpful information for parent of students who are using the Internet. It will give suggestions as well as help to raise your awareness of Internet related issues.

This is Disney's list of Internet safety tips for students (and their parents).        

BC Ministry of Education: Learning Assessment
The British Columbia Ministry of Education has created an excellent assessment tool for teachers and parents to help assess and evaluate student learning. There are performance standards in READING - WRITING - NUMERACY -and SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY for grades 1 to 10. These are the tools used by public and many private schools across the province. They are useful tools for teachers and parents to assess where their students are in their learning.

HealthLinkBC is the gateway to access non-emergency health information services in BC.        



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