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St Louis Learning Disabilities Association Inc

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Causes: Developmentally Disabled Centers, Disabilities, Education, Educational Services, Human Services

Mission: St. Louis Learning Disabilities Association (LDA), Inc. is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the understanding and acceptance of learning disabilities. Education, support, and advocacy are provided to children, parents, and professionals to help children and adults reach their full potential.

Programs: St. Louis LDA operates a program called Comprehensive Educational Services for Children with Learning Disabilities. This program includes the following services as they relate to learning and attentional disorders: cognitive educational evaluations, speech/language testing & therapy, workshops/educational seminars, individual tutoring, summer study school classes, individual observation and consultation, professional development institute, clearinghouse of informational packets and referrals, early childhood program, informational newsletter, and resource library.

Community Stories

26 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

Success Story Shared by a Student of a St. Louis LDA Tutor
Joe was a challenging student for any second grade teacher. He was the best example of a frustrated student I have ever run across. He came from Canada and was enrolled in a French Language immersion school there. His language impairment was not yet diagnosed so he was lost in two languages! He had no phonetic skills that would help him read. When Joe's parents came to St. Louis LDA they were looking for an answer. I took him on my caseload with the hope that I could get him to follow classroom rules and be a student that was trying to learn. Joe would repeatedly be out of his seat and disrupt the learning of the other students in the classroom.

I began the Let's Read program with him to go back to the very basics of reading. He devoured the attention and knowledge he was gaining. I had him on a very intensive program (5 sessions per week). Joe began reading books on his own and paying attention in class. Because he had missed so much in school for much too long, parents, teacher, and I decided to have him repeat second grade. This was a difficult decision for all, but it turned out to be an excellent one for Joe. His sessions began to decrease to 4 then 3 and eventually twice a week. He was keeping up with school work and reading 3 grade levels above his placement when he was in 5th grade.

He is definitely a personal success story and one for St. Louis LDA!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a special educator and have referred many parents to LDA so that they can access the variety of services LDA provides. All parents rave about the services provided by LDA and are thrilled that they have found people who truly understand how their child learns and how it impacts the entire family! All of them, without exception, have told me they feel like they have a lifeline and that it is a blessing to have a nonprofit organization in St. Louis that actually understands learning disabilities and provides services that are reasonable and many services that are free. The number of people they help in the community is phenomenal and St. Louis is lucky to have so many professionals that care about kids!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 2

LDA provides resources IF you can afford them. Tutoring is about $75 a sesion and they recommend twice a week. Most families can't afford that amount. LDA is a good resource, it is the non for profit that I question.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

During the elementary school years, both of our children who are now 16 & 19 struggled in school, the school district was not very helpful and we were not sure where to start getting them help. Then I found out about LDA, they gave me resources and helpful information, then came in to the school as consultants for both children. They were great and gave us hope and guidance and the girls got the services they needed. Today they are both successful in academics and social situations. We owe their success to LDA!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Many of my students have become academically successful due to the support of Lda, not to mention the boost in their self esteem. This organization is truly focused on helping children and their families.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter was struggling in school and her self esteem was beginning to fade. We noticed that she had some reading issues and spoke with our pediatrician. He recommended testing at LDA. We went for testing and everyone was very helpful and understanding. The testing was completed with care and compassion. The results of the testing were thorough and clear. Our daughter started tutoring and within a few months we could see a boost in her self esteem. I wish we would have contacted LDA sooner.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful organization that helps kids with learning disabilities and their families. From sponsorship of lectures and learning events to working with teachers in the schools to testing and tutoring individual children, this organization is a lifeline for families dealing with learning disabilities.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter was struggling in school at the end of first grade. We had her tested by LDA and they provided invaluable insights into her learning styles and issues so that we could communicate with her school and help her be successful. So far second grade has been wonderful and she is happy and confident at school.

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Donor

Rating: 5

St Louis LDA has been an invaluable resource for families of children with learning disabilities. Everyday they touch the lives of children who are struggling to learn. In my case, they provided tutoring for my children which helped them succeed in school. They are now productive adults with excellent jobs. Thank you LDA!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

LDA has been a force of support for our Head Start Program and our families. LDA has provided intervention stategies to be implemented by our classroom teachers with children who have potential delays. Our teachers would be lost without LDA.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have a daughter that is involved with the St. Louis L.D.A. so I know first hand that they are dedicated to doing everything they can possibly do for children who are learning disabled. It is so rewarding to see children who progress because of the help L.D.A. has given them. Children are our future so we should do everything possible for them.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My child is a young adult now, but several years ago, while she was in middle school, a teacher recommended the St. Louis LDA to us as a resource. The staff was very helpful, and continued to be helpful for many years. The workshops and seminars for parents were educational. It's been a pleasure to watch the St. Louis LDA grow. The programs that are offered to children with Learning Disabilities and ADHD are much needed. They are a very special organization.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The St. Louis LDA has been a wonderful resource for many years. With an eye to truly quality education for kids with learning differences and ADD, St. Louis LDA's volunteers and paid staff are always helpful in answering questions over the phone, directing one to resources which our school districts seem to know nothing about, and being informed and current. I have never been made to feel "dumb" even though at times I think my questions WERE. The message that parents and students must develop advocacy is delivered over and over, and LDA of St. Louis helps to give people the tools to develop that advocacy. While my sons have not taken advantage of the after-school tutoring, I understand that it too is very good. LDA of St. Louis has given me the clear message that is OK and the right thing to do to expect more nad work to get what your kids need in school. It is OK and the right thing to do to have high expectations and let our kids hold onto their dreams because they CAN achieve them.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My son was struggling in high school. An LDA consultant went with me to meetings with his school and was able to get him the services he needed to be successful, whether it was extra time on tests or rewording of material or whatever. Getting my son what he needed was first and foremost in my consultant's mind and it was obvious not only to those of us in the room during the meetings but also with my son. He still talks about her.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

St. Louis Learning Disabilities is a wonderful organization! They help many children and teens become more successful. I don't know what St. Louis would do without them!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

the St Louis LDA was instrumental in getting my daughter the help she needs at school. I attended countless meetings with the "CARE team" at school and jumped through every hoop they threw my way, and yet I still could not get her the help she needed. In despair I contacted the LDA and they gave me timely and critical information that changed the way the school was looking at her challenges. When I brought an advocate to our next meeting we got more assistance than I would have dreamed possible. We also began using the tutoring services at LDA. The tutors are wonderful and truly understood what my daughter needed and how to motivate her. Everyone at LDA is there for the children and their love and committment to helping these kids is undeniable. I feel blessed to have found the LDA and apprecaite everything they have done for my family.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Tremendous organization. Clearly filled with people who really care about the kids. Had a profound impact on several of my children. A unique resource in the St. Louis area.

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Client Served

Rating: 4

LDA has been a great source of support in many ways for many years. There was after school tutoring for my son as well as testing services to evaluate his needs and get him more help at school. They have great caring staff and are a wealth of information and connection to language and other professionals who can help struggling students. Thanks LDA!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My middle school daughter is finally off to a great start in 7th grade after so many years of struggling. The summer workshop on study skills taught her how to advocate for herself and use the techniques that work for her own learning style.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

When I have questions about planning my child's services for learning disabilities, I often contact an LDA educational consultant and have always received very helpful information and new perspectives. My child's teachers and service providers are quite good but it is always helpful to have another point of view. Most importantly, I think it is extremely reassuring to know there is always someone there you can call.