Upcoming summer programs available at Nicholas School

For the Daily Call

PIQUA — Beginning in June, Nicholas School will be offering innovative summer programs that are designed to help your child bridge the educational gap between the end of the school year this spring and the beginning of the fall school year. Each program being offered is unique and is designed for a specific purpose and population.

The School Readiness Program is a six-week program designed for children four to six years old who are preparing to enter kindergarten and may be experiencing delays in their cognitive, social, or verbal development. The program helps develop the neurological, sensory, auditory and visual skills a child needs to be successful in an academic setting. Children scheduled to begin kindergarten in the fall of 2016 are ideal candidates for this program. The cost for the six-week program is $450.

Judy, whose son participated in the readiness program last summer, stated, “Our son showed great changes in his confidence, his comprehension and his overall behavior in such a short period of time. I would highly recommend the program to any parent.”

Nicholas School’s summer Boost-Up Program is for children six to 12 years old. The six-week program is designed for children who may be struggling in academics, coordination, self-esteem or who just need a little extra help during the summer. The boost-up program serves as a bridge for the student between academic years. The summer boost-up program focuses on four critical areas for achieving academic success – namely neurological motor functioning, visual skills, social skills, and academic reinforcement. Students work in small groups on enhancing their skills in each of these areas. The cost for the six-week boost-up program is $525.

This summer, Nicholas School is offering a new summer program called the Extended Program. According to Holly Felver, Nicholas School principal, “The new summer Extended Program is a result of several requests from parents to have a program that helps keep their child’s summer day as routine as possible with limited disruptions. Many students need a consistent routine even when school is not in session.” The new Extended Program is designed to address that need.

The Extended Program is a six-week program that begins June 20 and ends July 28. The daily available program hours are 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. During the six weeks, each student will work on fine and gross motor skills, neurological development, auditory processing, visual development and skill building techniques for social interactions. Outcomes anticipated from participating in the program include improved self-esteem, confidence coordination, increased attention span and improved behavior as well as increased peer relationships.

To participate in the Extended Program, students must attend either Nicholas School’s school readiness program or the summer boost up program. The cost for the six-week Extended Program is $100 per week.

Felver stated, “Previous Nicholas School summer programs have been very successful in helping children bridge the educational gap over the summer. The Nicholas School staff is excited about the programs we have to offer this summer.” To learn more about any of the Nicholas School summer programs, contact Felver at (937) 773-6979 or by email at nicholasschool@woh.rr.com.

Nicholas School is a program component of the Rehabilitation Center for Neurological Development. For 40 years, the Rehabilitation Center for Neurological Development has been providing neurodevelopmentally based rehabilitative and educational services to children and adults who have been diagnosed with a brain related condition. The center and school are located at 1306 Garbry Road in Piqua.

To learn more about the services offered by the Center, visit www.rcnd.org or call the Center at (937) 773-7630. The Rehabilitation Center for Neurological Development & Nicholas School is a United Way member agency.

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