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Our Approach to Learning Differences


Mercy Academy has a Learning Differences Counselor, Deana Padgett, on staff to assist students with special needs. The following services, based on Best Practice, are available:

  • specific seating (front of room, by teacher, away from distraction)
  • physical modifications for health reasons
  • written directions as well as oral directions
  • quietly repeat directions and check for understanding
  • assist with organizational skills
  • paraphrase information as appropriate to increase linguistic understanding
  • cue to stay on-task, redirect attention and focus
  • allow students to record classroom lectures/discussions
  • computer assisted instruction or drill if available
  • use of Alpha-Smart or Spell check (provided by parents)
  • use of graphic organizers
  • scanner for reading materials to use with Read, Write, Gold
  • peer tutoring, small group, partnering (when applicable)
  • cross-age tutoring (if possible during Study block)
  • textbooks and novels from Learning Ally (provided through individual membership by the parents per a diagnosis)
  • assignment completion time line for extended absences
  • major tests (i.e., unit or final) read to students (per Reading disorder)
  • give oral answers for essay type tests (per Written Expression disorder)
  • extended time on tests (exams – 15 min)
  • daily assignment checks via student planner, if necessary
  • essential level grading scale (to be initiated at the beginning of the school year per criteria)
  • avoid pressure of competition
  • encourage use of planner

Mercy offers the above accommodations with the following stipulations:

1. Students who apply for admission to Mercy and have a disability will be judged on an individual basis and will be accepted if Mercy can meet their programmatic needs with reasonable accommodations.

2. Students with learning disabilities must provide appropriate documentation, which is less than three years old, in order to receive reasonable accommodations.

Teachers are provided an accomodations sheet for each student with learning differences.

Deana Padgett brings over twenty years of counseling experience to Mercy Academy. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education, a Master of Education degree in Counseling and Personnel Services and a Rank I in Guidance and Counseling from the University of Louisville.

Deana has held various counseling positions at the elementary school, middle school and post secondary levels. She has also worked both in the private and public sectors of education. In these positions, she has provided the following services to students: academic support, personal counseling, group counseling, special needs counseling, academic advising, new student and parent orientation, career counseling, testing administration and test score interpretation.

Deana believes that all students are valuable, capable and able to learn. The Learning Differences Program at Mercy Academy is designed to meet the individual learning needs of students and provide academic support to assist them in reaching their academic and personal potential. Please contact Deana to learn more about Mercy Academy's Learning Differences Program.

Deana Padgett
Learning Differences Counselor
Phone: 502-671-2010 ext. 2321
E-Mail: dpadgett@mercyjaguars.com

5801 Fegenbush Lane Louisville, Kentucky 40228

P 502 671-2010

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