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It’s Simple.

Students who learn differently, just need to be taught differently.

Every child is unique. Every brain is unique.

At AIM Academy, we teach students what makes their brain unique: how it works; what it needs to be able to read, to write, to solve a mathematical equation, to organize and plan efficiently; to what extent it is able to transform the ordinary into the extraordinary simply by viewing it in a different way.

Using a multisensory, research-based, data-driven approach to teaching children with language-based learning difficulties, AIM Academy’s unique program empowers students to become lifelong, fearless learners.

This is AIM Academy.
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Discover if AIM is right for your child.

The future is boundless when children believe that they are smart and that they can learn.

Meet Andrew (class of ‘17) and Sophia (class of ‘16) who presented at a TEDx Talk about how they have been able to leverage their perceived “disability” by turning their unique skills and talents into a successful business through AIM’s Entrepreneurship Program.

Tonight, for the first time ever, our son asked if he could read me a book! I was amazed, surprised, happy, and encouraged all at once! He read with courage and motivation, tackling words he did not know at first and persisting through the entire book. A perfect example of AIM's fearless learning!"
- Parent of an AIM 2nd Grader

Facts about Language-based Learning Differences

  • Dyslexia, neurobiological in origin, refers to a cluster of symptoms that affects specific language skills, particularly reading.
  • Dyslexia is neither due to a lack of intelligence nor a desire to learn.
  • 15-20% of the population as a whole exhibit some symptoms of dyslexia, including slow or inaccurate reading, poor spelling, poor writing, mixing up similar words, difficulty learning a foreign language, and/or trouble memorizing number facts and performing mathematical operations.
  • Some dyslexics manage to master early reading and spelling skills, but later experience their most debilitating problems when more complex language skills are required such as grammar, understanding textbook materials and writing essays.
  • Early at risk signs may include several of the following:
    • speaks later than most
    • pronunciation problems
    • slow vocabulary growth
    • word retrieval difficulty
    • unable to rhyme words
    • trouble learning numbers, alphabet, days of the week, colors and shapes
    • poor letter-sound correspondence
    • inability to recognize common sight words
  • After 4th grade, it takes 4 times as long to remediate reading difficulties
  • 70% of 3rd graders who read below grade level never catch up

Suggested Reading for Parents

Parent Resource Books:

  • Hall, Susan.L. & Moats, Louisa C. (1999). Straight Talk About Reading: How Parents Can Make a Difference in the Early Years. Contemporary Books, Chicago, IL.
  • Moats, Louisa C. & Dakin, Karen. (2008). Basic facts about Dyslexia and other Reading Problems. Baltimore, MD: International Dyslexia Association.
  • Tridas, Eric Q., ABC to ADHD. What Every Parent Should Know About Dyslexia. Baltimore, MD: International Dyslexia Association.
  • Berch, Daniel B. & Mazzocco, Michelle M.M (2007). Why Is Math So Hard for Some Children? The Nature and Origins of Mathematical Learning Difficulties and Disabilities. Paul Brookes Publishing Co., Baltimore, MD.
  • Dawson, Peg & Guare, Richard (2009). Smart but Scattered: The Revolutionary "Executive Skills" Approach to Helping Kids Reach Their Potential. The Guildford Press, NY, NY
  • Shaywitz, Sally (2003). Overcoming Dyslexia, A New and Complete Science-Based Program for Reading Problems at Any Level, Alfred A. Knopf, New York, NY.

Books to Read to your Children regarding learning differences:

  • Elementary: Winkler, Henry, The Hank Zipzer Series- 14 book series based on the life of Henry Winkler
  • Pollaco, Patricia. (1998) Thank you, Mr. Falker. Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers, NY, NY
  • Gantos, Jack.(1998) Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key. Harper Collins Children's Books, NY, NY
  • Robb, Diane Burton.(2004) The Alphabet Story: A Story About Dyslexia. Albert Whitman Company, Morton Grove, IL
  • Malchow, Hal and Malchow, Alex(2011) The Sword of Darrow. BenBella Books, Inc. Dallas, TX
ADHD: Elementary to middle-school age students:
  • Nadeau, Kathleen and Dixon, Ellen (2005). Learning to Slow Down and Pay Attention: A book for kids about ADHD. Magination Press, Washington DC, American Psychological Association
Math activities for kids and parents:
  • Zaslavsky, Claudia (2001) Number Sense and Nonsense: Building math creativity and confidence through number play. Chicago Review Press, Chicago, Il.
Adolescent resources:
  • Fischer, Gary & Cummings Rhoda Woods (1990) The School Survival Guide for Kids with LD
  • Frostig Center (with Foreword by Rick Lavoie) (2009) The Six Success Factors for Children with Learning Disabilities. John Wiley & Sons, San Francisco, CA
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