The Learning Support Program at AISN serves students with mild to moderate special needs. Mild/moderate special needs include (but are not limited to) specific learning disabilities, emotional and behavioral disorders, ADD, ADHD, mild intellectual disabilities, and (when appropriate) autism spectrum disorder. If a student can be part of the general education classroom, their disability can range from mild to moderate. Even a physical disability, such as a hearing impairment or health impairment, can be mild. Students with mild academic or behavioral difficulties can often be very successful with limited or moderate special education intervention.
At AISN, we take a collaborative approach to meeting the needs of Learning Support students. The Learning Support Coordinator works together with parents and teachers to ensure that we are providing a high-quality education for all students, that students with special needs participate to the fullest extent possible in all academic and social activities, and that they have the support they need to achieve at their highest level.
The Learning Support Program at AISN focuses on strengthening academic skills within the context of a student’s emotional, social, and cognitive development. Learning Support services may include the development and implementation of an Individualized Learning Plan (ILP) with recommendations for in-class support, specific accommodations and modifications, and, when appropriate, small group instruction and/or 1-on-1 support. The Learning Support Coordinator works closely with parents, teachers, and students to develop an ILP that meets the students' individual learning goals and provides strategies to facilitate learning and to help them succeed in their classes.