Specific Learning Disabilities

An SLD is a “disorder in one or more of the basic psychological processes involved in understanding or in using language, spoken or written, in which the disorder may manifest itself in the imperfect ability to listen, think, speak, read, write, spell, or do mathematical calculations, including conditions such as perceptual disabilities, brain injury, minimal brain dysfunction, dyslexia, and developmental aphasia.”21

How Gow levels the playing field..

Beyond our language remediation curriculum, the social and emotional programming at Gow is what supports and builds self-esteem in all of our students, especially in students with Specific Learning Disabilities. Learning to become an advocate for themselves and speaking up when they need help is the first step in the process. We encourage students to do so with our Gow philosophy of “unconditional positive regard.” Simply, there are no wrong questions. We help students with learning disabilities develop skills of self-appraisal to recognize successes as well as mistakes and provide multiple opportunities for all students to show off their strengths.


U.S. Department of Education. Building the Legacy: IDEA 2004 [webpage]. Retrieved from http://idea.ed.gov/explore/view/p/,root,regs,300,A...