Areas of Exceptionality
Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is one of the most common mental disorders affecting children and can last into adulthood. Children may have the primarily inattentive type, the primarily hyperactive/impulsive type, or the combined type.
Auditory processing disorder (APD), also known as central auditory processing disorder (CAPD), is a hearing problem that affects about 5% of school-aged children. Children with this condition can't process what they hear in the same way other kids do because their ears and brain don't fully coordinate. Something interferes with the way the brain recognizes and interprets sounds, especially speech.
A visual processing, or perceptual, disorder refers to a hindered ability to make sense of information taken in through the eyes. This is different from problems involving sight or sharpness of vision. Difficulties with visual processing affect how visual information is interpreted, or processed by the brain.
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a complex neurobehavioral disorder characterized by impairments in social interactions and communication and the presence of repetitive and stereotypic patterns.
Dyscalculia is a math learning disability that impairs an individual’s ability to represent and process numerical magnitude in a typical way.
Dysgraphia is a neurological disorder characterized by writing disabilities. Specifically, the disorder causes a person's writing to be distorted or incorrect.
“Dyslexia is a specific learning disability that is neurobiological in origin. It is characterized by difficulties with accurate and/or fluent word recognition and by poor spelling and decoding abilities.”
Children are gifted when their ability is significantly above the norm for their age. Giftedness may manifest in one or more domains such as; intellectual, creative, artistic, leadership, or in a specific academic field such as language arts, mathematics or science.