How The Novus Academy Can Help!
Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
ADHD is one of the most common learning differences children have. Key behaviors include wandering, off task, disorganization, moving about in situations where it is not appropriate, impulsivity, and an inability to delay gratification. All of these behaviors are normal to some degree, but for people with ADHD, these behaviors are more severe, occur more often, and interfere with how they function socially and at school.
Children with ADHD need guidance and understanding from their parents, families, and teachers to reach their full potential and to succeed. For school-age children, frustration, blame, and anger may have built up within a family before a child is diagnosed. Parents and children may need special help to overcome negative feelings.
Novus helps your child learn and use strategies to successfully self-regulate and manage themselves outside of the classroom. Social skills are incorporated and reinforced from your child’s arrival in the morning until school dismisses for the day.
In class, teachers use multi-sensory methodology in classwork and provide frequent physical movement opportunities.
Your child will be placed in small classes according to abilities and instructional needs. Multiple grades can be in the same class. Teachers will assess your child’s subject mastery and performance on a monthly basis and adjust classes as needed.
Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, or Dyscalculia
Dyslexia impairs a person’s ability to read and spell, despite the child having a normal intelligence level.
Dysgraphia causes a person’s writing to be distorted or incorrect, and they may also have trouble spelling.
Dyscalculia or mathematics disorder makes basic arithmetic skills difficult to learn and retain. Children with dyscalculia may have difficulty counting money, remembering phone numbers, or playing games that require frequent counting or scorekeeping.
The Novus Academy bases its Language Arts and reading curriculum on the recommended Orton-Gillingham approach. Our Academic Language Therapist uses the Take Flight program developed by Texas Scottish Rite Hospital. We use a phonics based approach for teaching students to read and utilize additional curricula for comprehension, spelling and written expression.
Teachers employ multi-sensory instruction and multiple learning styles to ensure your student understands the content.
Teachers do not shorten or omit assignments; rather, they help students develop strategies to perform on a level with their non-disabled peers.
For students with dysgraphia, we provide Chromebooks and teach writing skills using the Keyboarding Without Tears and Handwriting Without Tears programs.
Autism is known as a “spectrum” disorder because the type and severity of symptoms people experience varies widely. Children with ASD might have difficulty sustaining a conversation and may talk at length about a favorite subject without noticing that others are not interested or without giving others a chance to respond. They may get upset with changes in routine or have an intense, all-consuming focus on certain things like trains or dinosaurs.
Your high-functioning student with autism will benefit from Novus’s small class sizes and teachers who are trained to assist students with the social and emotional difficulties that often go hand-in-hand with autism.
Novus helps your child learn and use strategies to successfully self-regulate and manage themselves outside of the classroom.
Social skills are incorporated and reinforced from your child’s arrival in the morning until school dismisses for the day. Afterschool clubs and activities help your child build social skills while interacting with peers.
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
According to the National Institute of Mental Health, 32% of children between ages 13 and 18 have had an anxiety disorder. Occasional anxiety is a normal part of life, but for a person with an anxiety disorder the feeling does not go away and can worsen over time.
Depression causes severe symptoms that affect how a person feels, thinks, and handles daily activities like sleeping, eating, or going to school. Depressed teens may feel tired, have no energy, feel worthless, or act angry, irritated, or frustrated at minor things.
The Novus Academy provides a safe space and a discreet, supportive environment for your child.
Novus supports plans developed by outside therapists who work with your child. Small class sizes at Novus help teachers be alert to signs of depression and anxiety. We serve students with mild anxiety and depression who are seeking a program that encourages students to push through adversity and focus on the positives. Our school counselor is available to work with students who are struggling during the school day and link parents with resources when additional support is needed.
Mild Anxiety / Depression