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Eagle Hill-Southport School Hosts i CAN! Program to Empower Children with Learning Disabilities, In Association with Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities
Date:12/26/2012

Westport, CT (PRWEB) December 26, 2012

The i CAN! Program was presented at Eagle Hill-Southport School on December 11, 2012, in association with Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities, Inc. In the effort to empower children with learning disabilities, the program highlights strategies that focus on what children can do rather than what they cannot do. The program was developed by Karen Ayoub of Greenwich, Connecticut, with the assistance of SKLD. Over 24 students and faculty, representing grades seven and eight, participated.

The i CAN! Program, inspired by the HBO film “I Can’t Do This But I Can Do That,” strongly encourages students, teachers, families and friends to look beyond any label to discover the gifts each child possesses. The HBO film and i CAN! support materials serve as the basis of an interactive discussion among the participants.

The presentation was moderated by Roberta Safire, a speech and language therapist who in addition to a career as a school administrator and classroom teacher at the Windward School in White Plains, NY, and as a tutor, has acted and served as a puppeteer in children’s theater productions.

“The i CAN! Program was a great platform for students to talk about their strengths,” reported Benjamin Powers, Head of Eagle Hill-Southport, an independent school for students with learning disabilities. “It was evident that the event resonated with many of them by comments the parents were making the next day. Many said their children continued the dialogue with them that evening at home.”

Karen Ayoub, founder of the i CAN! Program, noted, "I’ve watched my own son, who is dyslexic, struggle with issues of self-esteem and self-confidence. I was determi
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