A School for Learning Disabilities and Learning Differences

30 year webWelcome to Brehm School - a small, fully accredited, not-for-profit coeducational boarding school for students with learning disabilities or differences, and employing a staff of 150. Brehm limits its focus to just 90 students in order to provide the attention and service our students deserve. Since 1982, in partnership with families just like yours, Brehm has been successfully teaching students with language-based and complex learning disabilities to “learn how to learn.” Our “family style” 24/7 school is uniquely designed to foster independence and responsibility. Where other schools have failed students, Brehm delivers success. Brehm students go on to college, find fulfilling careers, and become successful entrepreneurs.

Delivering a Holistic Individualized Special Education

Brehm has been successfully educating children and teenagers with learning disabilities for more than thirty years. This experience has shown that a boarding school environment is the most effective way for students with learning disabilities to achieve their full potential. Brehm offers extensive individualized support to monitor and care for students during and after their academic day is finished. Brehm’s class sizes range from 1 to 8 students with the addition of after-school tutoring if needed or requested by parents. An assortment of activities are scheduled for students after their school day, which maintains structure, social interactions, and countless teachable moments for our students. This approach to educating students with LDs addresses the whole student, not just one component. By attending to the students’ social, emotional, and academic needs, in combination with a family-style boarding school, Brehm’s success and student outcomes continually raise the bar in LD education.

In recognition of this specialized and effective program, the U.S. Department of Education has named Brehm Preparatory School a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence

A Special Approach to LD Education

Brehm employs a holistic approach by evaluating the individual needs of each student throughout the academic year. Students enrolled at Brehm School come with a variety of challenges to academic, social or emotional success. Brehm specializes in the whole student and a wide range of learning disabilities, some of which can be found on our “What are learning disabilities” page. Learning disabilities are not just a difference or difficulty with learning, it is defined as a neurological disorder that affects the brain’s ability to receive, process, store, and respond to information. 1

There are many different types of specific learning disabilities outlined and there is often no cure, but poses a lifelong challenge. Each student is unique with unique circumstances and is affected differently. The goal is to educate the student in what way works best for them and give them an understanding of what and how this affects them. Brehm highlights the students’ strengths and gives the students the confidence to use them.

Brehm’s diverse staff customizes a program for each student’s needs, which makes Brehm a leading innovator among schools for learning disabilities. To help students achieve their goals, Brehm faculty trains students to use assistive software and assistive technology (which each student is issued upon admission) such as Dragon Dictate, Kurzweil 3000, Fast ForWord, and Inspiration just to name a few. Brehm’s faculty and staff are specially trained to educate students with nonverbal learning disability (NVLD NLD) challenges. Brehm is actively and continually involved in special education research and improving student outcomes using data-driven decisions. Brehm participates in and contributes to numerous scientific conferences around the world that relate to education, learning disabilities, and technology.

In addition to its full complement of programming, Brehm is offering the Arrowsmith Program to its students. The Arrowsmith Program is founded on neuroscience research and over 30 years of experience demonstrating that it is possible for students to strengthen the weak cognitive capacities underlying their learning dysfunctions through a program of specific cognitive exercises. 2  The Arrowsmith Program identifies, intervenes and strengthens the weak cognitive capacities that affect learning. Students are able to capitalize on their increased learning capacities, and after work in the program, it is not uncommon for students to function without special education assistance or program accommodations. The Arrowsmith Program has proven effective for students having difficulty with reading, writing and mathematics, comprehension, logical reasoning, problem solving, visual and auditory memory, non-verbal learning, attention, processing speed and dyslexia. More information can be found on our “Arrowsmith Program at Brehm” page.

Private schools for LD students are often the only way that children with learning disabilities get a chance to discover what they are truly capable of doing with their lives. The truth is that most public and private schools are unable to give students with learning disabilities the help they need. Schools for learning disability students, on the other hand, are set up with small classes and a great deal of individual attention. Even among these other speciality schools Brehm’s approach, resources, experience, contributions to the scientific community, and student outcomes stand out.

A School that Specializes in Learning Disabilities

Brehm can successfully help children with learning disabilities manage and develop strategies for lifelong learning. The previous link lists some of the common diagnoses students come to Brehm with as well as some information on each, such as: perceptual disabilities, brain injury (TBI), minimal brain dysfunction, dyslexia, developmental aphasia, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADD ADHD), pervasive developmental disorder/asperger’s disorder, nonverbal learning disability (NLD NVLD), communication disorders, auditory processing disorders, processing and memory deficits and related comorbid issues such as Tourette Syndrome, anxiety, depression, etc.. This is not comprehensive but is intended to give prospective parents more information in their quest for the best possible school for their child/children with LD.

Contact Admissions at (618) 457-0371, ext 1304 or email admissionsinfo@brehm.org for more information.