If Your Gardiner Scholarship Child is going to
Public School Next Year, Use it Or Lose It
Consider a Reading Program +++
Maureen thought her son would benefit from going to a public middle school. She called her Gardiner Scholarship provider and was told that she would lose her child’s Gardiner Scholarship money if any was left, the day she enrolled her son in a public school.
She was faced with two major challenges:
- There were several thousand dollars left in his account and that she would lose the money if it was not spent by August, when she had to enroll her child in public school
- Her son’s reading comprehension was below grade level, and she wanted to improve his reading comprehension and attention before entering public school. She realized that without help, he might really struggle with reading comprehension and language arts. She also realized that reading comprehension was now more important than ever in math, science and social studies – with the new Florida State Standards.
At 3D Learner, we help students to improve their reading comprehension, attention, self-control, writing and math skills — while reducing anxiety. We also help parents to be the coach and advocate your child needs. Two ways to get started are to either:
- Take our no cost Success Assessment that screens for a learning difference, attention and/or eye-teaming issues
- Call us at 561-361-7495
Make sure you do not lose your
Do Not Lose Your Gardiner Scholarship Funds
Note, we sometimes help Gardiner Scholarship students over the summer, and more often we help Gardiner Scholarship students in August when the funding becomes available.
The Gardiner Scholarship was started a few years ago in Florida to help students with significant disabilities (e.g. Downs Syndrome, Williams Syndrome etc) who were not in the public or charter school system, and who were often home schooled. Two years ago, it changed to help students with autism.
The program may well be extended next year to help students with significant auditory and visual processing challenges, with traumatic brain injury and with an IEP for OHI or Other Health Impaired. The addition of OHI may help many students with ADHD, who qualify for an IEP, or Individualized Education Program, if their medical condition significantly impacts his or her academic performance and the student would benefit from special education services.
Step Up for Students and AAA administer the money for the Gardiner Scholarship and here are links to their Handbooks
The scholarship amount is $10, 400 a year – the money can be rolled over from one year to the other. The challenge is the money is taken away, the day the student enrolls in a public school.
In Maureen’s case, Mom wanted to know if 3D Learner could help. The answer is we can help:
- Our visual-experiential learning approach can help your child to improve his or her vocabulary, spelling and reading speed and comprehension.
- We can work on math and writing
- We improve attention, self-control and self-esteem
- We can help you to be the coach and advocate your child needs
- Our program is intensive and we provide significant help within a relatively short time frame
For your information, we are providers for the Gardiner Scholarship under both SUFS and AAA.
To learn more, you can either take our no cost on-line assessment that screens for a learning difference and attention and/or eye-tracking issues. Do this with your child. You can access this at Success Assessment or call us at 561-361-7495.