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Alumni Families Push Giving Tuesday Campaign Beyond Expectations

Support from individuals for Linden Grove School’s Giving Tuesday campaign surpassed expectations amid a difficult year for many families and businesses. This year response from former LGS parents doubled, helping to raise more than $50,000 in support of current students and families. For LGS staff, the best part of the campaign is receiving updates on LGS alums, some of whom are local and others who are as far away as Australia!

Distance Learning Creates Unexpected Benefits for Speech, OT

Typical speech and occupational therapy (OT) activities don’t adapt well to distance learning. It’s hard to teach a student how to tie a shoe or work on correct pronunciation via a computer screen. Amid these challenges, LGS therapists nevertheless have found unexpected benefits when working with students learning from home.

In distance learning, parents can experience what their students are working on in therapy sessions, and therapists can provide parents with ideas on how to reinforce activities at home. These ideas may be as simple as using a full sentence when requesting something at mealtime or how to help students hold utensils and scoop food.

Specific to speech therapy, students enjoy introducing therapists to siblings or pets and showing off their rooms and prized possessions. Therapists use these opportunities to work on conversation skills, language organization, and vocabulary.

In OT sessions, therapists have found mindfulness activities particularly effective among students learning from home, away from busy classrooms. Breathing exercises and relaxation techniques can be easier to focus on and engage with, helping students self-regulate and feel better emotionally and physically.

Hatton Foundation Funds Supports, Resources to Aid Self-Regulation

Through the generosity of the Hatton Foundation, Linden Grove School has enhanced existing social-emotional learning activities and supports by initiating new strategies to improve self-regulation among students. Self-regulation is the ability to monitor and manage energy states, emotions, thoughts, and behaviors to increase positive results related to learning, relationships, and personal well-being.

New initiatives include: interoception activities to increase student awareness of and responses to physical and emotional states; Calm Classroom exercises to increase self-awareness, mental focus, and emotional resilience; and an increased number of calm spaces among the school’s middle school and main buildings.

Online Resources Inspire Engagement, Learning

Online resources continue to increase in number and variety, engaging students on a range of topics. Video recordings of books, video shorts, and related activities—to be completed online, in the classroom, or at home—help students learn their ABCs and 123s, understand what is “inside your outside,” consider the first Thanksgiving from the perspective of Squanto, and more.

READ MORE about these activities and others; go to “Inside LGS” or sign up for electronic updates by emailing Christina Waddle.

LGS Middle School Opens Ahead of 2020-2021 Enrollment Season

For a virtual tour of middle school classrooms and more, click here.

Linden Grove School’s new Middle School building opened for students on Monday, November 30. The building has six spacious classrooms, STEM Lab, sensory room, and offices for speech and occupational therapists as well as behavior staff. Moreover, the move of LGS 6-8 grade students from the Main Building to the new Middle School building has created more classroom space for K-6 grade students.

The opening of the Middle School building is especially welcome as LGS prepares for peak enrollment season. Autism prevalence rates increased 10% in two years, according to a CDC report released in March 2020. In the report, the CDC estimates 1 in 54 children as identified with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), an increase from 1 in 59 children two years previously.

Over the next decade, an estimated 707,000 to 1,116,000 teens with autism will transition out of high school, and, if trends continue, their participation in post-secondary education or paid employment will be significantly lower than those of their typical peers or even those with learning disabilities. Linden Grove School’s specialized approach to education helps students with autism develop the skills and the confidence for success in school and beyond.

For information on LGS’s admission process click here.

To schedule a conversation regarding a potential new student, click here.

Preparing for Inauguration Day 2021

4-6 Team students have been preparing for Inauguration Day 2021 by learning about what traditionally occurs on the day, and what will be different this year.

New this year, for example, the evening before Inauguration Day will include a lighting ceremony at the Lincoln Memorial honoring American lives lost due to COVID-19. The ceremony will take place January 19 at 5:30 p.m., and communities across the country are invited to join by lighting buildings and ringing church bells.

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