The dePaul School for Dyslexia

Educational Programs for Children with Dyslexia & Other Learning Disabilities in Scranton

The dePaul School’s mission is to teach students with dyslexia and other related learning disabilities how to learn. Our dedicated, specially-trained faculty offer a well-structured system of programs aimed at maximizing abilities and compensating for disabilities. The school’s programs are consistent with Allied Services’ commitment to helping children overcome learning disabilities so they can return to conventional classrooms equipped with the academic skills and confidence they need to succeed.

Our Teaching Philosophy

Our team performs extensive research to determine the techniques that are most effective in helping overcome specific disabilities. We lead each student to understand his or her own learning style, including identifying which strategies are most successful and how to take advantage of strengths and cope with chronic difficulties.

We teach students how to study, take notes, and use organizational skills to gain independence in their learning. All learning takes place in small groups where the maximum class size is seven students.

Programs & Services

School Program

Provides a highly structured and organized educational setting with small group instruction in linguistics, math, oral reading, language arts and auditory. The school serves students age 7 to 14 and is ungraded. Children are grouped according to ability, with ages considered. Class sizes are limited to a seven-to-one student-teacher ratio, which permits more interaction and an opportunity to recognize the educational, emotional and social strengths and weaknesses of each student.

Tutoring

For ages 6 to adult, a tutoring program which is offered year-round and provides individual or small-group instruction in a wide variety of academic (and social) subjects. Our specially-trained staff monitors provide attention, encouragement and structured presentations required for academic success.

Would My Child Benefit fromthedePaulSchool?

A consistent pattern of problems with a number of these behaviors over time may indicate a possible learning difference. (Indicators in the following information:*: early age, **: school age.)

Language

  • Pronunciation problems*
  • Difficulty discriminating among sounds*
  • Slow vocabulary growth*
  • Difficulty responding to questions*
  • Lack of interest in storytelling*
  • Difficulty understanding requests*
  • Poor understanding of concepts (between, above, etc.)*
  • Poor reading skills**
  • Poor reading comprehension**
  • Poor spelling**

Memory

  • Poor memory for routines*
  • Difficulty remembering directions*
  • Organizational problems*
  • Loses or forgets things frequently*
  • Trouble learning numbers, alphabet, days of the week, etc.*
  • Trouble remembering names, dates, facts**
  • Slow recall of facts**
  • Difficulty studying successfully for tests**

Motor Skills

  • Trouble learning self-help skills (e.g. tying shoelaces)*
  • Trouble manipulating small objects*
  • Clumsiness*
  • Reluctance to draw or trace*
  • Awkwardness in climbing and running*
  • Handwriting difficulties**
  • Difficulty in mastering sports**
  • Trouble distinguishing left from right**

Social Behavior

  • Trouble making and keeping friends*
  • Poor social judgment*
  • Impulsive behavior*
  • Frustration, intolerance*
  • Poor sportsmanship*
  • Difficulty accepting changes in routine*
  • Trouble interpreting nonverbal cues (e.g. facial expressions)*
  • Unsuccessful in working cooperatively*

Mathematics

  • Difficulty recognizing patterns or shapes*
  • Trouble learning number sequence*
  • Poor recall of math facts**
  • Poor grasp of math concepts**
  • Difficulty with written computation**
  • Poor math reasoning skills**
  • Difficulty with real-world application of math**

Attention& Concentration

  • Frequent daydreaming*
  • Trouble sitting still, extreme restlessness*
  • Impatience*
  • Impulsivity*
  • Difficulty staying on task until completed**
  • Careless errors in work**
  • Distractibility**
  • Trouble completing a task**

Organization

  • Difficulty managing time*
  • Loses things frequently*
  • Disorganized thoughts*
  • Trouble sequencing or categorizing*
  • Difficulty carrying out plans*
  • Trouble making decisions**
  • Trouble setting priorities**
  • Trouble completing assignments**
  • Difficulty with concepts of time, day, month**

Admission Criteria

The dePaul School is intended for students, grades 1 through 8 , of average or above-average intelligence who have been diagnosed with a learning difference that includes any one or a combination of the following:

  • Dyslexia
  • Reading, writing or spelling disorders
  • Attention Deficit Disorder
  • Organization-related problems
  • Poor reading comprehension and fluency difficulties

Call 570-341-4398 to schedule a tour.