Strengths-based approach helps students with learning differences

By Pam Bryant

Glenforest Student“Our children learn differently, so we teach them differently,” proclaims Gillian Barclay-Smith, head of Glenforest School in West Columbia.

The school serves students of average to above-average intelligence who have learning differences such as dyslexia, Asperger’s syndrome, ADD and ADHD. To expand academic options for their students, school officials have formed a partnership with Clemson’s Youth Learning Institute.
“We acknowledge a student’s weaknesses, but more importantly we emphasize their strengths,” said Barclay-Smith.

The Youth Learning Institute is recognized for its experiential learning techniques that enhance students’ strengths and capabilities. Early goals of the collaboration include adding summer and afterschool programs.

“Glenforest is setting the standard in South Carolina as a model school for students with learning differences,” said Jorge Calzadilla, executive director of the Youth Learning Institute. “We are proud to join the school in celebrating students’ unique talents and strengths.”

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