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ERIC Number: EJ902188
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 17
ISSN: ISSN-1046-6819
Sally Smith's Arts-Based and Integrated Curricular Approach to Educating Students with Learning Disabilities
Durham, Jennifer
Learning Disabilities: A Multidisciplinary Journal, v16 n2 p59-61 2010
Founded in 1967, The Lab School of Washington (LSW) has been educating students with learning disabilities using an arts-based curriculum for over 50 years. Sally Smith originally started the school out of frustration with the inability of traditional educational environments to reach her intelligent, but learning disabled, young son and others like him; children who were bright but seemingly could not learn to read, calculate, and were disorganized in their thinking. Today, Sally Smith's LSW is an internationally recognized model for teaching students with moderate to severe learning disabilities with campuses in Washington, DC, Baltimore, Maryland, and a replication in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Lab School infuses the arts into all aspects of the curriculum. The theoretical framework of the school is built on the belief that when taught in specific ways, the arts can assist students in developing "the neutral organizations they lack and need" to succeed within an educational setting.
Learning Disabilities Association of America. 4156 Library Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15234. Tel: 412-341-1515; Fax: 412-344-0224; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education; High Schools; Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: District of Columbia
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Woodcock Johnson Tests of Achievement