The Gow School
October 30, 2010
My son is in his second year at Gow. I am a physician and he has both verbal and non-verbal cognitive deficits. Gow has a wonderful team of dedicated teachers, counselors, and support staff. It is a boarding school and is all boys which I like since it reduces distractions. The teacher student ratio is incredibly small and the instruction is top rate.
My one disappointment is that the school is not more scientifically and medically based in its approach to rehabilitation, but I have not found that to be the case at any school for LD in the United States as far as I have found in my research. The school was traditionally founded to help students with dyslexia, and although there are students that have only trouble reading, most students with dyslexia will have more broad based cognitive deficits, both verbal and non-verbal.
In short, dyslexia, in my opinion, is not a disease, it is a symptom of neurologically based cognitive problems. This would be similar to calling "unsteady walking" a disease is a stroke victim, instead of figuring out the cause of the stroke, the areas of the brain affected, and then rehabilitating the cognitive areas most affected by the stroke.
Big picture conclusion is that the Gow School is a fine institution that is doing a service to these boys that exceeds anything else available, but needs to improve their approach in the future by somehow improving the integration of what is known about brain function and rehabilitation into their program.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
The growth in my son, both educationally and personally.
Ways to make it better...
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
I would have all the teachers enter into a regular continuing education program which stressed the principals of neuropsychology, developmental and cognitive psychology, and neurobiology. It would also help to have a neuropsychologist either on staff or on the board of directors. I would have all the teachers watch the recent Charlie Rose 12 part series on the brain.
Client Served & I am the parent of a student.