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Students With Nonverbal Learning Disability Excel at Franklin Academy

College Preparatory for Grades 8–12 and PG

Nonverbal Learning Disability (NVLD)

Nonverbal Learning Disability (NVLD) is a lesser-known learning disability that involves persistent challenges with non-verbal social communication and interaction, visuoconstruction, and mathematical reasoning. Issues with attention and concentration are often confused with ADHD. The effects of NVLD and the severity of symptoms are different in each person. Nonverbal Learning Disability is equally common in boys and girls. Franklin Academy serves all genders of students with Nonverbal Learning Disabilities.

Succeeding at Franklin

The term Nonverbal Learning Disability is very much a part of our school language here at Franklin Academy. We work with students to help them understand their strengths and challenges, promoting self-awareness and self-reliance. A review of individual diagnoses is an important part of the conversation. These discussions set the stage for personal growth. Since Franklin Academy’s founding in 2001, our school’s competency-based curriculum makes it possible for bright students identified with NVLD to pursue collegiate goals, professional aspirations, and satisfying lives filled with meaningful relationships. Known for serving students with NVLD, Franklin Academy challenges students academically and addresses four critical competencies for success: Executive Functioning, Social Cognition, Emotional Intelligence, and

Self-Care/Self-Advocacy. Our holistic approach to education in a safe and supportive school environment makes it possible for students with NVLD to realize their potential, advance to higher education, and make their mark on the world.

Is Franklin Academy Right for Your Student?

Strengths for Franklin Academy Students with Nonverbal Learning Disability Often Include:

  • Reading Decoding
  • Rote Memory
  • Factual Information
  • Verbal Skills and Sophisticated Vocabulary
  • Auditory Perception
  • Relationships with Adults and Younger Children
  • Compassion

Challenges for Franklin Academy Students with Nonverbal Learning Disability Often Include:

  • Understanding Social Cues and
  • Nuance
  • Making Friends
  • Visual & Spatial awareness
  • Mathematical Problem Solving
  • Executive Functioning
  • Seeing the Big Picture
  • Processing Speed

“Finding Your School Has Been a Blessing For Our Whole Family”

If one’s rationale for being a teacher is to make a positive difference in the life of students, there is no better opportunity to affect lives than right here, right now at Franklin Academy. This is what our parents tell us.

  • “You truly do save kids, families and lives.”
  • “For the first time in John’s life he might be in the right place at the right time.”
  • “We can’t believe how lucky we – and Ryan – are!”
  • “Thank you for giving our daughter Emmeline an education and a life.”
  • “As we left the school he said “Mom, I finally feel there is hope.”

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Franklin Academy is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. Accreditation means that our school meets the criteria for those standards of excellence by which the “educational community assures the high quality of each member school.” NEASC commends Franklin Academy for creating an academic program and residential community that completely matches its mission. Additionally, Franklin Academy is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools, comprising the best private independent schools in the country.

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Phone: 860-873-2700
Fax: 860-873-9345
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