Parent of three Springer alumni and a current student, Kim Coyne shared with Carole Barnhart what Springer has meant to her family. Kim is pictured with son, Steve.
It was so easy once I heard about Springer, to go through the admission process and hear about what Springer had to offer my kids. Springer gave the foundation my kids were looking for, when other schools were unsuccessful at the beginning of their education and we realized that reading, spelling and writing was not coming for my kids. Springer, with its strategies and excellent teachers, has brought a dramatic change in my four kids’ lives.
Springer’s ability to teach how to read the way my kids needed to learn is critical. Schools have a set way of doing their education programs, and Springer has the ability to build the school around my children in a way that supports their needs. They also have evening classes where parents can learn more about schoolwork, ADHD, Executive Functioning, and transition time.
My kids have benefited from the motor therapy and speech and language therapy services during school hours. Having physical education twice a week is huge, to burn off the extra energy my ADHD kids have. The art and music are great to let them explore other avenues of interest and have time to take a break from schoolwork.
My kids’ trying to conform to the normal school setting was a difficult and a trying time in our lives. The amount of homework was doubled, because teachers gave them homework on top of the work they didn't get done in class. The truth is that to learn how to read, write and spell, some kids need more time, assistance and teaching of strategies to help them become successful students. The teachers at Springer are excellent and the best in the area for teaching these kids. They are caring and knowledgeable on all aspects of my kids’ education. The small class sizes and the ability to put my kids in classes that fit their learning level is huge. It gave my kids the opportunity to excel in the areas that they do well in, and to learn at the level they needed extra assistance with.
It really is a great opportunity to set your kids up for great success. It just makes sense. My kids are successful in a regular school now because of the tools and strategies learned at Springer. After having so much success at Springer, the kids’ self-esteem has soared, and they are advocates for the way they need to learn now in a regular school.
The transition my three kids have already taken into a regular school system could not have gone any better. Springer’s Placement Director is top-of-the-line. I could not have navigated through the world of IEPs and ETRs without her knowledge and expertise. She has been to every meeting with me and helped me understand everything. You can't get better than that.
Springer has walked with me through all the experiences of four kids with learning disabilities and I could not be more grateful! I couldn't have done this without them.
I’ll let the kids speak for themselves.
Seventh-grader Tim Coyne "I am glad I learned how to use Kurzweil at Springer. I have tried to help my new school implement Kurzweil and to help the teachers learn the program to get other kids involved in this essential tool."
Sixth-grader Mabel Coyne: "I am now a strong advocate for myself because I am aware of what my strengths and weaknesses are. Springer has taught me how to be an active learner in my participating and class work. I am very thankful for having the opportunity to go to such a wonderful school. I am successful because of the potential they saw in me, and it now shows."
Fifth-grader Tom Coyne: "The language therapy I got at Springer was exceptional. It helped me form my r's and speak more clearly to others."
Current Springer Primary student Steve Coyne: "My first half of the school year has been wonderful. I am starting to read and write sentences on my own. I am working on learning new strategies. The motor class helps me with copying off the board.”