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New Perspectives - Apr, 1998 Issue #51

Tucson, Arizona
Larry and Karen Simmons

The Learning Community’s Tucson Institute is a residential program for approximately twelve young people ages 10 through 17. It is specifically designed for children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (AD/HD). “Children with AD/HD often have poor self esteem and behavioral problems. However, The Institute can help students master new study technologies and become effective learners throughout their life.”

“The Institute provides a full-time living environment to help bright, yet academically challenged, young people to access their native intelligence, learn self management, and reframe their learning patterns for success. The Institute is a place where attention deficit transforms to attention difference and hyperactive becomes hyper-potential.” 

The Institute emphasizes academic fundamentals as well as “encourages the student to acquire essential daily living skills.” It also offers diverse opportunities to meet individual student’s needs such as “gardening, nutritional management, swimming, wilderness experience, martial arts and many other kinesthetic activities. ”The stated purpose is to help each student “learn how to learn, to master a study technology, and manage their own mind body states. Students will attain clarity through disciplined effort and uncover their intrinsic awareness and innate intelligence. These new experiences provide anchored insights and skills, bringing a new level of freedom, tranquility, concentration and performance to each young person.” 

The basis is to “work in harmony with The Learning Community’s accredited educational program. Staff includes Master Teachers, and a team of consultants in the areas of AD/HD child behavior, psychiatry, pediatrics, clinical psychology, diet and speech therapy. Larry Simmons is an educational psychologist and author of the book, The Learning Community. 

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