• Why Smart Step

    Is your child an 'at risk' student?

    Has your child been struggling in school? A student who has persistent obstacles can be at risk of failing or drop out. These obstacles are often a result of risk factors such as disabilities.


    The Good News: Studies have shown that when these students take advantage of specialized services, they receive better grades and are much more likely to graduate. Also, when their individual strengths and differing learning styles are highlighted, their grades vastly improve!

    Learning Disabilities

    Nearly 1 in 5 people in the US have a learning disability. These can hinder a student's ability to be successful in school. The most common of these are:

    • Dyslexia
    • Dysgraphia
    • Dyscalculia
    • Language processing disorders
    • Auditory and language processing disorders

    Many accommodations are available for students with these disabilities. Smart Step will help students discover which ones work best and ensure that the school is providing them.


    Although not considered a learning disability, Autism has an impact on students inside and outside of the classroom. The right intervention includes a great deal of structure and the understanding that every child with an autism spectrum disorder is unique. At Smart Step we take into account their specialized strengths which makes all the difference!


    Other Disorders

    ADHD- The symptoms of ADHD are inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity, which make focusing on doing school work very challenging. These students have difficulty sustaining attention and often miss important details in assignments.


    Executive Functioning Disorder- Students with this disorder have problems with impulse and emotional control, flexible thinking, working memory, self monitoring, planning and prioritizing, and task initiation- all of which are vital components of flourishing in school.


    Cerebral Palsy- Students with this disorder can experience impairments that are both physical and intellectual. A variety of accommodations are used to help these students succeed.


    Down Syndrome- Students with Down Syndrome can have intellectual and physical impairments; many of which affect the rate at which they learn.


    The severity of all these disorders varies greatly that is why we take each individual's strengths into consideration when developing support strategies.

      Mental Health Diagnosis

      A mental health diagnosis can exasperate normal school stressors. Students suffering from any of the following may have a tendency to avoid school, which results in frequent absences and poor grades.

      • Anxiety
      • Depression
      • Boarderline Personality Disorder
      • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
      • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

      Smart Step will assist students with mental health diagnosis to receive accommodations in classes and encourage them to be used.


      Other Risk Factors

      One does not have to have a diagnosis to be at risk. Other factors can come into play. For example, it may be difficult for a student to transition back to school after being in recovery for an addiction. Often times without the right support this will not be possible. Another factor is called Failure to Launch Syndrome which typically occurs after high school. These students have difficulty moving forward and becoming independent because they lack motivation and sense of purpose. At Smart Step we use a combination of strategic goal planning and coaching to hold these students accountable. This can help them to live happy and fulfilled lives!

      Let us help your child live a happy and fulfilled life!