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Understanding a Day in Their Life

As a parent, relative or friend of someone with a learning difference, it can be difficult to truly understand the daily struggles they face. What would it be like to spend a day walking in their shoes? School, social and emotional situations and behavior are all aspects that can be difficult for them to navigate.

Below you’ll find links to resources from Understood that will take you through a day in the life of a child with slow processing …
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Why a Skills-Based Curriculum is a Game-changer for DVFS Lower & Middle School Students

An interview with Lower & Middle School Director Jason Seggern

As the director of our younger divisions, Jason is a member of our regular Admissions Information Session panel of faculty and administrators. We asked Jason to comment on some of the most frequently asked questions from families interested in our Middle School program. See those questions and his responses below:

What drives the DVFS Middle School Curriculum?

DVFS’ Middle School …

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Learning Ally Awards DV Alumna Adrianna Mowrer

Adrianna Mowrer Learning Ally Award 2018DVFS Alumna Adrianna Mowrer ('17) was recently awarded the Learning Ally Marion Huber Learning Through Listening Award (LTL) for Students with a Learning Disability.

Adrianna is a panelist on the April 10, 2018 Learning Ally webinar, (click here to listen live) with President & CEO Andrew Friedman leading a live panel discussion with several of Learning Ally’s 2018 National Achievement Scholarship Award Recipients. This webinar …

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TYPE R PERSONALITY-SAY WHAT?

Sharing from our Research-to-Practice Blog for Educators

In this blog post by Christy Zawadzkas, Lower School Assistant Director and Counselor for Lower and Middle Schools, published on our , Christy talks about "Transformative Resilience" and how we, as educators, can help our students learn to overcome obstacles and recover from difficult situations.

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Type R Personality - Say What?

We are all uniquely different but when it comes to …

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Transitions Times and Anxiety

DVFS Lower School Assistant Director, and Lower & Middle School Counselor, Christy Zawadzkas, shared some thoughts about an article she recently read about anxiety, and we wanted to share this food for thought regarding helping your student through a time of transition, such as the beginning of a new school year.


Transitions can be challenging. Whether we are transitioning to a new school, new city, or new job, there may be some anxiety.

Posted by kelly in Learning Differences, Middle School, Current Research, Learning Disability, Lower School, News on Tuesday September 12, 2017
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New Article About ADHD and "Hyperfocusing"

Helen Mannion, Director of Teaching and Learning at DVFS, shares what she thinks are some important takeaways from this article from ADDitude magazine about a common — but confusing — symptom of ADHD called “hyperfocus.”

    • People who think ADHD means having a short attention span may misunderstand what ADHD is...
    • What you might not know about ADHD is that there’s another side: the tendency for children and adults with attention deficit disorder to …
Posted by kelly in Learning Differences, Blogging, Current Research, Learning Disability on Friday September 8, 2017
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DV Alumna Shares Her Dyslexia Story

Delaware Valley Friends School Alumna Michelle Guerin (Class of 2016) is a Sophomore at Cabrini University, studying Digital Communications and Social Media. Michelle writes, edits, and is a photographer for The Loquitor, the Cabrini University student-produced news forum. In an article published September 7, 2017, Michelle wrote a story titled "You Have Dyslexia," about her experience as a student learning and growing up with dyslexia. We share …

Posted by kelly in College Counseling, DVFSAlumni, DV Graduates, Learning Disability, News on Friday September 8, 2017
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This is Delaware Valley Friends School

We are thrilled and proud to share this new DVFSchool video, created entirely by DVFS alumni and students, and highlighting the many ways that Delaware Valley Friends School stands out as a leader in the field of educating students with learning differences.

Delaware Valley Friends School is a private, independent Quaker school in Paoli, Pennsylvania, serving students grades 3-12 with learning differences.

DVFS welcomes students with learning …

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Supreme Court ruling a win for special-ed students

Last Wednesday was a great day for special-education students in the United States. Our frequently divided U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously in Endrew F. v Douglas County School District that public schools are required to provide free and appropriate educational placements, which lead to more than de minimis (meaning trivial or minimal) student progress.

Instead, the court advised that the "educational…

Posted by kelly in Head of School, Learning Disability, Special Education on Friday March 31, 2017
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DVFS College Counselor Reflects on College Board Accommodations Request Process Announcement

From Hallie Ciarlone, DVFS Director of College Counseling

The College Board recently announced a more streamlined and updated request and review process for students seeking testing accommodations for their exams (PSAT, SAT, and AP exam). I was pleased to see an increased level of communication from College Board representatives after the 2015-2016 school year fiascos in which many counselors felt blindsided or ignored during unexpected major CB …

Posted by Hallie College Counselor in Learning Differences, College Counseling, Learning Disability, Accommodations on Monday December 5, 2016
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