Gap Academy
4 John Street, Toronto, Ontario   M9N 1J3   416  249-1500  
An innovative approach to teaching pre-teens and adolescents with  learning disabilities.
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"Welcome to the wonderful world of Gap, where things really change."
"Children's talent to endure stems from their ignorance of alternatives."
Maya Angelou
Behavioural Issues
We do accept teenagers with behavioural issues who have been either expelled from
schools, or conversely, consistently overlooked because of their severe withdrawal.

Some symptoms of behavioural disorders include (but are not limited to) the following:

a)       a general pervasive mood of sadness, depression/lethargy, withdrawal, or anger;
b)       inappropriate emotional/behavioural  reactions to ordinary events;
c)       physical symptoms associated with school (school phobic, "Monday am stomache");
d)       exaggerated fears for regular daily events;
e)       defiant or oppositional stances with do not fluctuate easily;
f)        difficulty accepting the reality of personal responsibility and/or accountability;
g)       Extreme withdrawal from social interactions;
h)       Extreme aggressiveness for a prolonged period of time;
i)        Other inappropriate behaviors that are so different from children of similar age, ability,
educational experiences and opportunities that the child or other children in a regular or
special education program are negatively affected

Students with these types of problems are often diagnosed with Conduct Disorder (CD),
Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) and other behavioural disorders.

Although we use forms of behavioural modification and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
for our students, we employ an eclectic approach to resolving problems, as we often
find that although a student may present as severely behavioural, there is often
something beneath the behaviours.   If we determine (or surmise) that the behaviours
In other words, we don't just look at the obvious, but spend time and energy
digging for better answers to resolve behavioural problems.
I was in shock when the Gap staff seemed concerned with the reasons for my son's behaviour, rather than the behaviour itself.   They
seemed concerned about other undiagnosed issues, as after questioning us about our past experiences, they determined that  the
behavioural methods used did not succeed - he was still behavioural.   And I realized that this was completely true - as we came to Gap after
my son had been asked to leave yet another private school, the third in as many years.  Within a few weeks, they had uncovered my son's
secret:  he had hidden a severe reading problem for many years.  After creating an intensive reading program and working at it for several
months, my son's 'behaviour' problem miraculously disappeared!"   
Audrey, an ex-parent
"Children require guidance and sympathy far more than instruction."
Annie Sullivan