Learning Disability Support

Learning Disability and Special Needs Support

Many students require additional support due to disabilities and special needs, and we are committed to helping these students receive the supplemental services they need to get the education they deserve by catering education plans to their unique abilities.
We can help with:

  • Learning disabilities
    ○ When your child is diagnosed with a learning disability, you might feel overwhelmed by the unknown. Many different classroom issues that can stem from a generic learning disability diagnosis, including listening, speaking, reading, writing, reasoning or mathematical skills.
    We’re here to help you and your child identify the root of the problem, navigate some solutions, and ultimately help you and your child along their academic journey so they can ultimately have a successful academic career, even with a learning disability.
  • Reading disabilities
    ○ Difficulty reading or understanding text undoubtedly affects a student’s performance in school. Our teachers, coaches and tutors help students with reading disabilities address their unique struggles to make sure they stay aligned with grade level requirements for reading comprehension and ability. Trouble reading shouldn’t hinder a student from reaching their full potential, and it isn’t a reflection of intelligence. We want to help students with reading disabilities thrive in the classroom and will partner with them and their families to do so.
  • Dyslexia
    ○ Did you know that Dyslexia is one of the most commonly undiagnosed learning disabilities? Often showing itself when students suffer from reading problems, reading struggles or reading disorders, Dyslexia causes your child to have difficulty connecting letters to sounds, making it hard to read and spell. Many students come to us at a reading level below where they’re expected to be even though they have an average or above-average intelligence level. We work with these families to determine effective tools and strategies to support their reading development and ultimately catch-up to (or even exceed) their peers in the classroom.
  • Dyscalculia
    ○ Dyscalculia affects many students who have issues doing basic arithmetic such as addition, subtraction, multiplication and division and may be more prone to making mistakes when calculating. It can also cause students to take longer with math. We are here to give them the patience and guidance they need to succeed, addressing their unique mathematical difficulties to work out a plan that will help them keep in-line with their grade level standards.
  • Dysgraphia
    ○ Dysgraphia is a learning disability that affects one’s ability to write by hand and put thoughts to paper, often shown through trouble with spelling, staying in the margins and trouble with sentence structure and grammar when writing but not speaking. It requires extra practice with writing, which we can facilitate for students who are struggling thanks to our specialized coaches and tutors who take time to address specific writing difficulties.
  • Nonverbal learning disorders
    ○ When people think of learning disorders, they tend to associate them with troubles with reading and writing. However, there are a number of other factors that play into one’s learning abilities, such as noticing patterns and learning concepts, that are nonverbal and just as important. These can include visual patterns, social patterns, grammatical concepts and mathematical concepts. Nonverbal learning disorders can also manifest itself in trouble with social cues. We have coaches and therapists specially trained to work with students with
    nonverbal learning disorders, focusing on things such as social-emotional learning and specialized therapies.
  • ADHD
    ○ Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, is one of the most common learning disabilities. It can cause troubles paying attention, controlling impulses or being overly active. While medication is an option for treatment, it often requires additional support from
    therapists and educators to address. Our therapists are trained to support students with ADHD and cater therapies to their unique needs. Our teachers, tutors and coaches also have experience working with these students to make sure they’re getting the attention and support they need.

Private teachers, academic coaches and tutors with experience working with students with disabilities and special needs are available to come alongside your child and make sure their needs are met, full-time or part-time, in-person or virtually.
Do you think your child suffers from a learning disability? We can assess and come up with unique ways to support them!

Empowering Youth and Communities Inc. is a 501c3 organization (dba EYC Academy of St Louis) and was founded in 2018 by a group of educators with 75+ years of combined experience in education as previous administrators in special education, local alternative schools, and supplemental educational business.

EYC Academy is a non-public school, approved by Missouri DESE and is globally accredited through Cognia Global Commission (formerly AdvancEd). Serving the St. Louis, MO metro area, EYC Academy offers a one-to- one blended, in center and digital learning environment to day school students 6th-12th grade. Because our nationally approved curriculum is digital and our teachers can teach virtually, this allows us to deliver services anytime, anywhere across the globe. Enrollment is on-going and can be full-time or part-time. Other services offered include therapeutic services that can be scheduled during the school day, as well as cognitive and academic assessments, school advocacy, one-to-one tutoring for all ages and subjects either in-center, virtually or combined, college planning and application assistance, test-prep and proctoring, and national diploma and career certificate programs.

PURPOSE

At EYC Academy, we realize that every student’s journey is different, and learning isn’t one-size-fits all.

We meet our students where they are and take them where they want to be by using a holistic approach and personalizing a solution that best fits their needs. Our students come to us for many reasons — from students with learning challenges, illness, academic and emotional trauma, mental health issues, to students simply needing a flexible schedule and a self-paced school option — and no matter what the reason, there are many ways we can help students find their unique paths success.

We work in partnership with families and schools, navigating an array of learning environments together. But it goes beyond academics. Our wraparound services support the full student. We help align additional resources, such as counseling or therapy, should a student need it.

Every student — no matter their age, background, or circumstance — has a place at EYC Academy. and creating a safe space for them to learn is our main priority. Taking a different path to learning shouldn’t carry any stigma, for students or for parents, and we’re working to change that. Every student’s path to success is different but that doesn’t mean they should have to walk it alone.

MISSION

EYC Academy provides a highly personalized learning environment which fosters critical thinking, cultivates individual potential, inspires confidence, and prepares students to be productive members of their communities.

VISION

Empowering students to define their own success.

CORE BELIEFS

Trust among all stakeholders is vital. Expectations influence accomplishments. A school- community partnership is essential. Change creates opportunity. High-performing leadership makes visions reality.