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Here to Help

Hearing that your child has a learning difference can, at first, feel distressing. Suddenly, what you dreamed for your child seems to have altered, and you feel as if you are walking on a new landscape of unanswered questions.

But please, take a deep breath. We promise that at Lab, you will discover that a learning difference is not something about which to feel disheartened; instead, it is something manageable and oftentimes even something to celebrate.

"I have thought a lot about how Lab has helped us. I'm not surprised how Lab changed our son, but more by how much I have been changed. My perspective on learning differences changed, and also my perspective on all that my son is capable of achieving."
Father of Lab School Senior

The Lab School wants to ensure our students have the best educational experience possible. That’s why we provide families with the resources and support they need to champion their children and young adults.

Services for Our Students

Lab’s clinical services support our students’ learning, social, and emotional needs in many ways:

Resources for Learning Differences

The Plan, The Reality Illustration

We’ve assembled some resources students and families might find helpful. Expand the list below to learn more.

A free, secure, online community offering personalized resources, expert advice, and practical tips for parents of children with learning differences.

Understood: For Learning and Attention Issues

To create a future for all individuals who struggle with dyslexia and other related reading differences so that they may have richer, more robust lives and access to the tools and resources they need.

International Dyslexia Association

A grassroots movement of parents, making a difference for dyslexic children.

Decoding Dyslexia

Committed to raising awareness of dyslexia — and specifically to illuminate the creative and intellectual strengths of those with dyslexia — the Center offers many online resources for students, parents, educators, and practitioners.

The Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity

Dedicated to helping children with learning differences through sports and scholarship, The Paul Rabil Foundation offers micro-grant scholarships and donates athletic equipment to school partners.

Paul Rabil Foundation


An online community founded by Lab alumnus Quinn Bradlee. Friends of Quinn offers resources and support for young adults with learning differences.

Friends of Quinn

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Melissa Wood

Melissa Wood

Director of Speech, Language, and Literacy

Words do matter. In fact, they can change the trajectory of a person’s life. That may sound hyperbolic, but for Lab’s Director of Speech, Language, and Literacy Melissa Wood, her love of language and word play … and her fascination with the complex interaction between language and literacy did just that. 

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