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Monday October 20, 2014

Did you know that approximately10% of Canada’s population has some sort of a learning disability? And even more substantial is the fact 7% of students in Canadian universities have a learning disability. What’s incredible is how these difficulties haven’t stopped people from pursuing their dreams. Their perseverance and determination could stem from an early supportive education.

Common Misconceptions
People often believe the learning disabled aren’t as smart as the average person. Which is simply incorrect. In fact, people with learning disabilities can have an above average IQ. Both Thomas Edison and Alexander Graham Bell had dyslexia and ADHD, but were considered geniuses for their time. Their condition could have even contributed to their inventiveness.

Symptoms of ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)
So what’s the difficulty with ADHD and school? Generally, people with ADHD are easily distracted by external stimuli. Small things like a tapping noise can cause people with ADHD to lose complete focus. Because of this, symptoms of ADHD are fidgeting, short attention spans, and interrupting others.

Believe it or not, there’s also a positive side. People with ADHD are great brainstormers and are very creative. However, with the standard education system, having ADHD and being in a regular public school is overwhelming for many children.  

Difficulties of Learning Disabilities
Learning disabilities have five categories; these consist of visual problems, auditory problems, organizational problems, motor problems, and conceptual problems. While many learning disabilities aren’t visible to the naked eye, they become apparent in academic or social situations. For example, having poor visual memory makes it difficult to remember someone’s face or numbers.

It’s true that ADHD and learning disabilities make learning a challenge. However, ADHD and attending school don’t have to be incompatible.  

School for Learning Disabilities
A school specializing in students with learning disabilities can strengthen your child’s learning capacity. Apart from the fact programs are specialized to promote easier learning, the teaching professionals and environment contribute to academic success. Courses are highly structured for clear guidance, and teachers are well trained to effectively help children with learning disabilities.

More important than any academic merit though, is a school that cultivates high self-esteem and confidence. Your child will have other peers going through the same challenges, building a strong network of support. With smaller classrooms, the individual needs of a student are easily catered to. Suddenly having ADHD and school doesn’t seem so bad.

The Road Ahead
I’d like to mention that there are cases where students with learning disabilities return to public school after attending specialized schools. And guess what? Sometimes these students make the honour roll. A school for learning disabilities really isn’t about keeping students dependent, but transforming individuals to be independent. Children shouldn’t fear falling behind in school because of ADHD or other learning disabilities.

Pursuing an education for children with learning disabilities is a challenge, but not without its rewards. Education isn’t only a phase, but a life-long commitment. Starting with the right steps can inspire a lifetime of motivation and learning. 

This article is published by Robert Land Academy, a private military style boarding school for boys in grades 6 through 12 located in Ontario Canada. To learn more about how students with ADHD and other learning disabilities can benefit from our program, contact us today.

Wednesday April 9, 2014

Robert Land Academy (RLA) is thrilled to be able to offer an opportunity for its students to learn basic woodworking skills, while at the same time participating in a community volunteer program.  Working in cooperation with Land Care Niagara, the Academy has introduced a woodworking club as one of its many club options for students. 

A two hour club period is held weekly at Robert Land Academy, and students have an opportunity to select from a wide range of clubs including boxing, wrestling, weight training, outdoors, automotive restoration, hockey, climbing, and now...woodworking, to name a few.

Students in the woodworking club are learning basic word working skills, including the safe use of power hand tools and larger wood shop equipment.  Their first project was to construct a bird house for Eastern Blue Birds from start to finish.  Now that they have completed this phase of the program, they will begin producing bird house kits which will then be distributed through Land Care Niagara's Woodworking for Nature program. 

Land Care Niagara is a not-for-profit organization.  Through their Woodworking for Nature program, adult and older youth volunteers produce wildlife habitat structures (like bird houses) in kit form.  Younger youth then assemble the kits as part of a school or library program, cub / girl guide program, Earth Day activity, or other similar programs.  The habitat structures are then matched with landowners and other organizations that have suitable habitats for the specific structure.

Robert Land Academy has for many years worked in partnership with Land Care Niagara, providing a facility on site for their wood shop.  Land Care Niagara maintains the equipment and facility, uses the wood shop to further its programs and initiatives, and provides an opportunity for the cadets at Robert Land Academy to take part in this worthwhile community program.

Robert Land Academy is a private military-style boarding school for boys in grades 6 through 12, located in Wellandport Ontario.  For further information about Robert Land Academy visit www.rla.ca or for Land Care Niagara visit www.landcareniagara.com.

Tuesday April 1, 2014

Robert Land Academy welcomed back six graduates in March 2014. All six were students who graduated in June 2013 and entered university or college programs this past September. Following lunch with the cadets, the grads shared their first year university / college experiences and answered questions from the 2014 graduating class. 

The common message from the university students...maintain the self-discipline and motivation that you learn at the Academy, it will serve you well when you enter the world of university and college. Secondly, the bonds of friendship that you develop with others while at the Academy are incredibly strong, and will follow you when you leave.

In June 2013, all 13 students from Robert Land Academy's grade 12 graduating class were accepted into a college or university program. All of the Academy's 2013 graduates are currently attending post-secondary programs in Ontario and British Columbia.

The visiting graduates are currently attending the following post-secondary institutions:

  • University of Western Ontario (Engineering)
  • University of Ontario Institute of Technology (Automotive Engineering)
  • University of Western Ontario / Huron College (Business)
  • University of Western Ontario (Health Sciences)
  • University of Guelph (Mechanical Engineering)
  • University of Western Ontario (Commercial Aviation)
Tuesday March 11, 2014

Cadets from Robert Land Academy are set to take part in the 25th Annual Bataan Memorial Death March in New Mexico, United States.

On March 23, 2014, eight cadets and two staff from RLA will participate in the challenging march, covering 26 miles (42 kilometres) of desert-like conditions at the White Sands Missile Range.  This experience has become a tradition for Robert Land Academy, and this year is the 7th year that the Academy is sending a team to take part in the annual event.

The Bataan Memorial Death March honours the many thousands of heroic United States service members who defended the islands of Luzon, Corregidor, and the harbour defence forts of the Philippines during World War II and who were later surrendered to Japanese forces in April 1942.  During the Bataan Death March of World War Two, American POWs were marched for days in the scorching heat of the Philippine jungles.  Thousands died, and those who survived faced hardships in Japanese POW camps.

Approximately 6,000 marchers and runners take part in the Death March annually, coming from all 50 of the United States and 12 other countries, including Canada.  Participants enter either as individuals or as teams in the military division, ROTC/JROTC division (military schools), or in the non-military (civilian) division.

Cadets from RLA will travel a few days before the event to acclimatize to the nearly 1,500 meter higher elevation, as well as having an opportunity to learn about the local history of New Mexico.

For further information about the Bataan Memorial Death March and Robert Land Academy's participation, click on the following link: Robert Land Academy - Bataan Death March

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