Nora for school avoidance

Anonymous
Anyone with current/recent experience at Nora with a history of prior school avoidance (actually refusing to go or calling home sick every day, etc.)? In our case the avoidance is a combination of severe anxiety and sensory overwhelm from the huge public school, and it's been impossible for us to tell where one lets off and the other picks up. Also dealing with severe ADHD inattentive, high IQ but not quite gifted, some depression, and some facets of ASD but not enough for a full diagnosis. No disruptive behaviors.

I've heard Nora is good for this profile but would love more info on how they actually handle it.
Anonymous
My Nora student only had work avoidance, not school avoidance, so I can't answer your question, but it's a lovely school with much, much less sensory overwhelm than public school.
Anonymous
You have so closely described my child. We are in MCPS. The ESESES program at Magruder was amazing. I am not familiar with Nora though.
Anonymous
Anonymous wrote:My Nora student only had work avoidance, not school avoidance, so I can't answer your question, but it's a lovely school with much, much less sensory overwhelm than public school.


Thank you - how did Nora help with the work avoidance?
Anonymous
Anonymous wrote:
Anonymous wrote:My Nora student only had work avoidance, not school avoidance, so I can't answer your question, but it's a lovely school with much, much less sensory overwhelm than public school.


Thank you - how did Nora help with the work avoidance?


Through really good differentiation. They were able to scale down/chunk/support the work so that it didn't feel overwhelming, then slowly work up to where they wanted her to be. The last half hour of school every day is open office hours and the teachers have been great about using that time to talk about the assignments/material so that my student feels more confident (and when grading perhaps poor written work, they know what she actually knows). Plus a big emphasis on relationship building.

School is a half day on Wednesday to make time for whole staff meetings where each week they talk about a few students. That means that all the teachers are on the same page about what each student needs (academically, socially, emotionally). My daughter feels known and that helps to motivate her and gives her confidence to ask for help instead of shutting down.

And it's a less sensory overwhelming day, so she's comes home with slightly more gas in her tank (although she still does relatively little homework at home).
Anonymous
I have a kid with a long history of school avoidance who did well at Nora. I can’t say there was any specific strategy from the school, but it is low pressure, low social competitiveness, smaller, kinder, gentler. Those were enough to keep my kid coming in, even on days they didn’t want to. All the teachers are kind and supportive of kids with anxiety and neurodiversity. Ultimately my kid needed a therapeutic boarding school, but we had no attendance issues while at Nora.
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