REID DAY SCHOOL AND CENTER FOR BRAIN BASED EXCELLENCE wrote -
"My son... is twice exceptional. His cognitive strengths work alongside dyslexia, and because of Reid, his self-worth is being restored and his strengths are being acknowledged." ~RDS Parent
"For the first 4 years of my daughter’s life, I was convinced that my poor parenting was creating the problems that we were encountering with her. But as time went on I began to realize that it wasn’t just me, that there was something unique to her. She seemed to be wired to be what I described as “intensity embodied."
At school, she was thriving but at home things were becoming out of control. It is so painful to love someone so much but not know how to help them. You wish love could be enough. I guess in a way you have to redefine love and begin the journey of figuring out what it uniquely means for this person. The “problem” behaviors that she could once keep mostly under control became unmanageable for our daughter and she started to feel very different, isolated, anxious and like a “bad kid.” She became desperate for an alternative as more kids turned on her and her teacher became increasingly exasperated.
We began to think, What if she could be somewhere where they really understood her and embraced her for who she was, quirks, struggles and all? What if she could be at a school that saw her through a lens of giftedness and not a “problem” to be managed? What if she could be somewhere where she didn’t just learn to manage but came to thrive?
Tears reach the brim as I write this because we chose to go out on a limb and try Reid Day School. We found all of those things and more. Our daughter was recently asked what it was like to be at Reid Day. She responded, “the first day, I walked in and I found a place that I belonged. The teachers have partnered with her to help her embrace her strengths and also work to identify her problem areas. The teachers have the space to really understand the unique make-up of my child and teach accordingly. I’m seeing the difference that it is making." ~ RDS Parent
Reid Day School is a school program for children who are intellectually gifted, but have a learning disability, anxiety, or other challenge that impacts their ability to progress effectively in traditional school environments.
We are the only program of our kind in Orange County, and one of few in the country. Our program offers a tailored approach for the whole child, integrating an understanding of each student’s learning profile as well as their interests and social/emotional strengths and needs.
We work hard to keep our operating costs low, but in order to provide the best possible educational experience for our students and families, we need a highly experienced staff, small student-to-teacher ratio, assistive technology and a wide range of enrichments. In addition, we are dedicated to making our program a feasible option for families of all income levels, and so we do our best to offer need-based reduced tuition when we are able. We have had a strong first year, but we are still in a growth stage and we need your help in order for us continue to grow and support our families and students!!!
Read On To Learn More About The “Why?” Behind Reid Day School
Many people assume that being “gifted” brings an advantage. In fact, although giftedness does involve a wealth of strengths, it also brings tremendous challenges that create an “at risk” situation for many children. Children who are twice-exceptional (gifted with learning challenges) experience even more adversity. Here are some of many reasons why:
1) Physiologically, gifted individuals respond more intensely to sound as well as to all other types of sensory input including touch, taste, smell, and vision. This often results in sensory overwhelm and overexcitable behavior that is very frequently misdiagnosed or misunderstood.
2) As early as kindergarten, children with sensory sensitivity, masked learning disabilities and overexcitabilities frequently find themselves “in trouble” for behaviors they, themselves, do not understand. This can, and often does impact their perception of themselves as children and as learners.
3) The brain areas for processing emotional information are expanded in gifted individuals. This may account for why gifted individuals are scientifically shown to experience heightened emotional responses, including tendencies toward severe depression and anxiety.
4) 15% of children with an IQ above 130 (top 2.5% of the population) have a learning challenge that impedes their ability to meet their potential in a typical classroom.
5) School systems are developed in a way that supports high achievers, those who progress typically and children in need of full remediation. Those who fall outside of these “norms” present a conundrum that schools are not equipped to support.
6) A vast majority of educators and professionals including doctors, psychiatrists, psychologists, therapists, etc. have not received the training necessary to recognize and understand that gifted ability and a learning or social/emotional deficit can coexist.
7) The only option available for gifted children with learning challenges or intensities in typical schools is full remediation or emotionally disturbed programs, which exacerbate the problem. There are no programs available that support advanced intellectual ability, social-emotional needs and academic intervention concurrently. Many programs within public schools have attempted this. While well intentioned, they admittedly have not had the expertise, resources, environment or approach required to succeed.
8) Many of our brightest minds are underserved, misunderstood and at risk due to their strong tendency toward severe anxiety and depression. Within this, there is a positive; they are also scientifically shown to have heightened empathetic ability.
9) Within the right learning environment, these deeply sensitive children have the potential to overcome their challenges, develop a sense of purpose and become self-realized, self-confident, enthusiastic children with a lifetime love of learning and the ability to make a difference in the world.