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."
"What saves a man is to take a step.  Then another step."    Antoine de Saint-Exupery
The Gap Philosophy  is a little different, a little innovative.

High potential learning disabled students can experience true academic success. Most of the students
who have been labelled "LD" or "ADD" have skill gaps in their learning because of their particular
learning style or their specific learning difference. As they progress chronologically, their skill gap
widens. We all know that a student who cannot read adequately at his or her own age level cannot
follow specific instructions from a math text written for students who can read at the age appropriate
level. Students who have LD can learn to upgrade their skills one step at a time while learning about
their specific learning profile. They can learn new skills and acquire knowledge by applying new
learning strategies specific to their very own learning styles or learning disabilities. We believe that
helping these students 'fill the gaps' they have in learning and in social behaviour, while at the same
time teaching them to learn on their own, will ultimately equip them to be reintegrated into a regular
setting in an authentic way with minimal support. It is these specific strategies which we believe have
led to the dramatic improvements and solid success we've seen each year.

We also believe that by treating students individually and holistically, we can attain more permanent
success. Each student is programmed for on an individual basis. Although we do have guidelines
within which we run our programmes, each person is considered on the basis of their own particular
profile, and a programme is set up for each individual student. We also believe that a holistic approach
to education and life skills works well for students who have gaps across the board, as is often the
case in the LD or ADD population.

It also must be noted that the Gap community does not endorse or encourage the use of psychotropic
medications in treating the symptoms of LD. While we recognize that there are some students and
families for whom medication has been a godsend, we believe in a much more direct and
individualized solution-oriented plan. with dedicated teachers and a systematic approach to resolving
issues one by one.

Our programme is intensive and direct, considering the whole child in a holistic way, while at the same
time dealing directly with the issues.     We believe that you cannot solve academic problems with a
narrow view of the issues behind the symptomatic academic problems.  For examples, school apathy
and underachievement may be related to a lack of interest in life, so in order to solve the school
problem, we sometimes need to look at issues of self-esteem, hopelessness, or apathy.  

In short, we believe in intensive, dedicated, independence-oriented education
for change.
teach them to think, if that is possible, and always to think for themselves.'  Robert Hutchins  
"Just do it."
"Do the job."
"Why not?"
"Think again."
"We'll wait."
"Where's your tie?"

"A man can fail
many times, but
he isn't a failure
until he begins to
blame someody
John Burroughs

"Great things are not done by impulse, but
by a series of small things brought
Vincent van Gogh

"The chief danger in life is that you may
take too many precautions."
Alfred Adler

"Treat people as if they were what they
ought to be and you help them to become
what they are capable of being."
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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