Mark H.

Mark H.

Mark H. is a bright 13 year old boy and is currently entering the 8th grade. He is a multisensory learner and enjoys his school experience. Recently, he has entered the honors algebra program in the Cocalico School District. This is one of his greatest accomplishments to date. The Cocalico School Distract has about 250 students in a grade with nine 6th grade classes. It is a major change for any student transferring from an environment with a seven-to-one student-teacher ratio. However, Allied Services dePaul School for Dyslexia gave Mark the tools he needed to succeed in a bigger and new environment.

The dePaul School is located on Allied Services main campus in Scranton. Founded in 1978, the dePaul School is a full-time school serving students grades 1 through 8. Currently, the school serves students from 23 school districts in Northeastern Pennsylvania who have been diagnosed dyslexia or a learning difficulty such as attention deficit disorder, reading, writing or spelling disorders. Class sizes are small (a seven-to one student-teacher ratio) and teachers utilize a methodology that identifies each student’s learning style.

Mark currently lives in Lancaster County with his family, but he grew up in the Factoryville area. When Mark was in kindergarten, his mother Amy learned that he had dyslexia and dysgraphia. Dysgraphia is a learning difficulty that affects writing abilities while dyslexia is learning difficulty that involves trouble reading due to problems identifying speech sounds and learning how they relate to letters and words. Dysgraphia and dyslexia made it challenging for Mark to succeed in the classroom. His mother Amy would spend extra time at home working with him on his spelling in hopes to see improvement, but it was still difficult for Mark to improve. He could hear a word, such as girl, and be able to spell it verbally, but when asked to spell that same word he would add extra letters.

When Mark entered 2nd grade, his family decided to enroll him in the dePaul School. One of the biggest takeaways for Mark was his teachers’ encouragements. “They instilled in him that Dyslexia and Dysgraphia are gifts and that it is a learning difference not a disability” says Amy. She added “they taught him not to hide behind his learning difficulties but to embrace them.” It was extremely important for Mark to learn that everyone has something to offer and that he can learn how to use his learning difficulties to his advantage. While at the dePaul School, Mark’s teachers taught him cursive and tricks to help him when what is in his head isn’t correctly transferring to paper. Mark also learned how to type while at the dePaul School and continues to use typing for his current assignments at school.

Mark left the DePaul School the summer between 4th and 5th grade. His parents wanted him to acclimate to the Abington Christian School environment before their bigger move to Lancaster County. However, the skills Mark learned at the DePaul School will continually be used throughout his life. He is now in middle school and upon entering the Cocalico School District insisted on not utilizing any assistive help. His parents contacted his guidance council and ensured that there would be some help always available for him should he need it, but thus far he has held his own throughout 6th and 7th grade. Mark and his family are extremely grateful for the skills Allied Services dePaul School for Dyslexia taught him and how the teachers there helped foster Mark’s love of learning.

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