Robert Land Academy is a private boarding school offering programs for boys with behavioural problems such as ADHD. Our programs use a military-style approach to help our students succeed.
Many parents are deeply concerned when their son is suspected or confirmed with a diagnosis of Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD). In addition to, or in place of medications prescribed to deal with these symptoms, there are recognized strategies to deal with the problems associated with these behaviours. Aspects of Robert Land Academy’s ADHD school program, in addition to benefitting all boys generally, also specifically address many of the recognized approaches to constructively address the problem.
Medications: Robert Land Academy has a physician attending the school twice a week and two nurses who serve rotating shifts. Boys entering the Academy with prescriptions will have their medications administered by staff and monitored by medical professionals. In some cases, medications may be reduced or eliminated through the attending physician in collaboration with the student’s family.
As in the case with all prescription medications, parents are advised to be aware of possible side effects and to discuss these with their physician.
Diet: Many experts maintain that poor diet, irregular eating patterns, and certain foods contribute to ADHD symptoms. Robert Land Academy’s daily diet includes three wholesome meals with fresh fruits and vegetables, juice, milk, chicken, fish, non-processed foods and whole wheat bread. The diet eliminates chocolate, candy bars, soda pop, sugar based drinks, and deep fried foods. As maintained in Dr. Keith Conners’ book entitled Feeding the Brain: How Foods Affect Children, diet is not only important for healthy brain development but also affects behaviour and levels of hyperactivity.
Exercise: All experts promote regular exercise as a part of any fitness program. Apart from promoting health and good circulation, exercise can have a very positive effect on ADHD symptoms. Diet and exercise have a profound effect on the metabolism and this, in turn, can have an effect on ADHD symptoms.
Sleep: Many boys do not get a full 8 hours of sleep each night due to sleep disorders, poor diet or the distraction of having ready access to smart phones, text messages, social media and the internet in their bedroom. It is obvious that insufficient sleep can have a dramatic effect on attention and academic performance and can contribute towards or exaggerate ADHD symptoms. Robert Land Academy’s program ensures that boys receive a minimum of 8 hours of sleep every night.
De-stimulation: It has been shown that the use of video games, computers, electronic devices, some forms of music and television can result in a hyperstimulated state that makes concentration very difficult. Many parents note that when boys go to the cottage or attend a summer camp that their ADHD symptoms are substantially reduced or disappear. The elimination of electronic stimulation and the reorientation of the individual around natural biorhythms of rest, diet, exercise, and relaxation has profound effects on ADHD symptoms.
Academic Delivery for ADHD Students: Common accommodations and suggested practices in special education programs for ADHD students involve the following:
- Small class sizes
- Preferential Seating (i.e. near to the teacher)
- Chunking (i.e. teaching lessons in discrete portions and testing accordingly using methods such as quizzes)
- Prompting: eliciting responses and participation from students as opposed to allowing them to not do so
- Regular Testing and Feedback: self-explanatory
- Highlighting Board Notes (i.e. using good board notes that help identify the main points of the lesson)
- Elimination of unnecessary stimulation in the working area
The academic program at Robert Land Academy employs all of the above as a part of the regular academic delivery.
Looking at all of the acknowledged approaches involved in advocates of special programs for ADHD students, it can be seen that Robert Land Academy incorporates all of the suggestions in what can only be described as a holistic approach to the problem. Experience over years has shown that Robert Land Academy’s program work, boys respond in an overwhelmingly successful manner and that ADHD symptoms are lessened and controlled by the student or eliminated over time.
Here’s what the parent of a former student had to say about our ADHD school program.
"As a concerned parent, it was so disheartening to watch helplessly as Sean's amazing potential evaporated in our modern, unstructured educational system....I am so proud of the effort Sean has put into all aspects of the RLA program and I am very happy for Sean because he is now experiencing healthy, positive success as a result of his positive efforts."
Dr. T. McKay, parent
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Robert Land Academy welcomes all inquiries and will be happy to arrange an appointment for an admissions interview or a campus tour.
For further information about our ADHD school, please call our Admissions Office at 905-386-6203.