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."
"Problems don't go away. They must be worked through or else they remain, forever a barrier to the growth and development of the spirit. "
M. Scott Peck
Emotional Disorders
Students with emotional disorders present with chronic and pervasive behaviours which
are so maladaptive and disintegrated that these behaviours seriously interfere with their
or more of the following behaviours:  

a)       an inability to either establish or maintain normal connections with peers or adults;
b)       a general pervasive mood of sadness, depression/lethargy, withdrawal, or anger;
c)        inappropriate emotional reactions to ordinary events as compared to the reactions of others;
d)       continued difficulty coping with learning even with remedial intervention;
e)       physical symptoms associated with school (school phobic, "Monday am stomache");
f)         exaggerated fears for regular daily events;
g)       difficulty accepting the reality of personal responsibility and/or accountability;
h)       Extreme withdrawal from social interactions;
i)        Extreme aggressiveness for a long period of time;
j)        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.

Most systems dealing with adolescents with behavioural problems, whether truly behavioural OR
emotional based, concentrate on behaviour management - without emotional support.   Our system
concentrates as much as possible on the reverse:  emotional support followed by behavioural
intervention.  We teach kids first to identify their feelings, then explain them, then deal with them through
learning strategies  - all so that their emotions do not interfere with their learning.  If we determine that
the behavioural problems are emotional based, then we deal with the language aspect of emotional
problems - to help them learn to identify, describe and build strategies for their emotional immaturity.

"Nothing you do for children is ever wasted. They seem not
to notice us, hovering, averting our eyes, and they seldom
offer thanks, but what we do for them is never wasted."
Garrison Keillor

"I have found the best way to give advice to your children is
to find out what they want and then advise them to do it."
Harry S. Truman

"When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant
I could hardly stand to have the old man around.
But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at
how much the old man had learned in seven years."
Mark Twain

"Parents can only give good advice or put them on the right
paths, but the final forming of a person's character lies in
their own hands."
Anne Frank
“Anyone can give up, it's the easiest thing in the world
to do. But to hold it together when everyone else would
understand if you fell apart, that's true strength.

“Run your fingers through my soul. For once, just
once, feel exactly what I feel, believe what I believe,
perceive as I perceive, look, experience, examine,
and for once; just once, understand.”
"You cannot make yourself feel something
you do not feel, but you can make yourself do
right in spite of your feelings.”
Pearl S. Buck
right even when you feel wrong."
Sean Stewart