Events & Resources

As a center for families with children who learn differently, Trident Academy hosts educational seminars throughout the year. These events will be posted here and shared through our e-newsletter. To receive email alerts, please share your contact information with us.


Trident Academy Papers

4 Things a Child with ASD Needs from a School
Whether you’ve been in an intensive academic program like Trident Academy or are just looking for the best school for your child with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), Nicole McLain, Program Director, offers four suggestions.

5 Ways to Pay for a Private Education
Enrolling your child with learning disabilities or autism in a private school that offers a specialized curriculum may be the right educational decision for your family. Paying private school tuition can be daunting, however. These Merrill Lynch financial planners offer helpful advice for families who may be financially limited.

Common Accommodation Recommendations
You’re worried about your child’s school performance and you’re considering a  psycho-educational evaluation. But, what does it mean if your child receives a  diagnosis – what accommodations can be made?

Common Myths about Learning Differences
Learning Differences such as dyslexia, dysgraphia, and dyscalculia are often misunderstood. Trident Academy debunks three myths about learning differences that parents typically hear or believe. As surprising as it may be, reading is not natural nor should parents, “just give it time.”

Consult a Financial Planner
Children with learning disabilities and those with autism often benefit from a specialized curriculum that teaches to their learning abilities. Some private schools specialize in these educational programs, but many families may feel that a private education is beyond their fiscal abilities. These Merrill Lynch advisors offer advice to families who are considering a private education for their children with learning disabilities or autism.

Early Intervention for Children with Asperger’s/HFA
The earlier a child with an Autism Spectrum Disorder receives ABA and early intervention strategies, the more likely they are to reach higher levels of functioning in executive functioning, social skills, and developmental progress.

Executive Function and Strategic Thinking
Teaching students to use executive function and strategic thinking encourages them to think about why they learn a certain way, when they should use a particular strategy, and when that strategy works best for them. The consistency of educating students to utilize strategic thinking across all content areas is important for Trident Academy teachers.

How do you know when to switch schools?
Making the decision to move your child to another school is difficult. If your child is struggling with a language-based learning difference in his or her current school, it is time to take action.

Making Homework Less Painful – For Everyone
Homework can be a challenge even under the best circumstances. Understanding your child’s frustrations is the first step to supporting and remediating his or her learning difference.

Making This School Year Better Than the Last
Starting a new school year is exciting for many families, though the experience may be frightening to a child with a learning difference. Parents of children with learning differences can take advantage of several opportunities that will positively contribute to their child’s success at school.

Recommended Standards for Teaching Students How to Read
The International Dyslexia Association created the Knowledge and Practice Standards for Teachers of Reading. These standards change basic teacher preparation, preparing educators to teach reading to children who struggle. Using a phonics-based approach like Orton-Gillingham teaches students rules of the English language. Once they understand the English language, they can apply the rules to any word and overcome their learning disability.

Social Networks are Vital for Transition into a New School
For children with autism, transitioning into a new school can be unsettling. Before moving into a new program, a school should consider whether the child will mesh with the current students enrolled in the program. Many of these students have been bullied or secluded much of their lives. It is important to provide an environment in which the child will not feel left out if transitioned into the program mid-semester. Social stories also help students transition into another school.

Testing Your Child for a Learning Disability|Learning disabilities such as dyslexia and dyscalculia are often diagnosed through psycho-educational evaluations. These evaluations help parents, educators, and students better understand a child’s learning abilities and areas of weakness.

Understanding the Discussion about Early Intervention for Children with ASD
Researchers from the University of Connecticut released a study in The Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry that shows some children who once had the behaviors and/or diagnosis of Autism can reach a point where they no longer exhibit these behaviors.

What Does a Psycho-Educational Evaluation Tell You?
Through psycho-educational testing, a student’s individual strengths and weaknesses can be determined as related to their intellectual, academic, behavioral, and social-emotional functioning. In turn, this information can be used to create an optimal learning environment in which the student’s strengths are capitalized and weaknesses addressed.

Why Teach Cursive Handwriting?
The instruction of cursive handwriting is at the center of debate following its elimination from the new Common Core Standards. American schools are not required to teach cursive handwriting, but learning and using it is critical for students with learning differences. See What Trident Academy Students Think about Cursive.

Language-Based Learning Differences Information

Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators
The Academy’s purpose, background, application for certification, discription of program, etc. is described on its web site.

International Dyslexia Association
The web site for IDA contains information for parents, teachers, and students of all ages. Conference information is also given.

Pathfinder on Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)
This web site will lead the reader to articles, books, definitions, etc., related to ADD.

Pathfinder on Dyslexia
This web site will lead the reader to articles, books, definitions, etc., related to dyslexia.

Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Advocacy
This website provides many resources about learning disabilities and getting the appropriate attention for your student.

Directory of Internet Resources: Literature for Children with Learning Disabilities
This resource provides readers with web site links to suggested titles of books for children to read who have learning disabilities.

Tavis Smiley’s Interview with Ben Foss

HFA and Asperger’s Syndrome Information

Autism Speaks
Autism Speaks is a comprehensive advocacy organization for autism.

Project Rex
Affiliated with the Medical University of South Carolina, this program is a treatment initiative dedicated to providing services to children on the autism spectrum and their families.

 One woman who has Asperger’s, is a mother, and a teacher, gives guidance and insight to the general community so we can all understand and learn together.

Parenting Asperger’s Community
A website dedicated to helping parents better understand their children.

Asperger Syndrome and Your Child: A Parent’s Guide by Michael D. Powers and Temple Grandin

Quirky, Yes—Hopeless, No: Practical Tips to Help Your Child with Asperger’s Syndrome Be More Socially Accepted by Cynthia La Brie Norall, PhD

School Success for Kids With Asperger’s Syndrome: A Practical Guide for Parents and Teachers by Stephan Silverman, Rich Weinfeld

Charleston, SC Information

Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce
Learn about the Charleston business community and an overview of the region.

Charleston Tourism Information
This is the official website for visitors to the Charleston region. Find out what is going on, the best places to stay and sights.

Charleston Weather
This website provides a look at the weather for the Charleston region.

Beach and Tide Information
Trident Academy is located just minutes from several beaches – find out more.

Association and Membership Information

Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS)
SAIS is a voluntary organization of over 320 independent elementary and secondary schools throughout the Southeastern United States and Latin America.

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS)
The mission of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools is the improvement of education in the south through accreditation.

Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators (AOGPE)

South Carolina Independent School Association (SCISA)
SCISA is a non-profit voluntary association of independent schools.

National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
NAIS represents more than 1,300 independent schools and associations in the United States, and affiliates with schools abroad as well.

Palmetto Association of Independent Schools (PAIS)
The Palmetto Association of Independent Schools is the recognized voice of independent education in South Carolina and is the direct official link to NAIS and SAIS.

International Dyslexia Association (IDA)
IDA is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping individuals with dyslexia, their families and the communities that support them.

Learning Disabilities Association of America (LDA)
LDA’s mission is to create opportunities for success for all individuals affected by learning disabilities and to reduce the incidence of learning disabilities in future generations.

Resources for New Parents

  • Making the decision to explore Trident Academy
    • Does your child have a language-based learning disability? If you’re not certain, this list of conditions may be helpful.
    • Early Reading Screenings
  • Psychological-Educational Evaluations

Every student at Trident Academy has been previously assessed to better understand the student’s cognitive ability. The results of these assessments are psychological-educational evaluations, also known as psycho-educational evaluations. For children who currently attend public schools, they are eligible to have an assessment completed, free of charge, by the school district. Private specialists can complete more thorough evaluations.

Chantal Milcarek, founder and primary practitioner at Sprouting Minds, provides greater explanation of the psychological-educational evaluation.

The resources listed are for informational purposes only.