Shelton is a unique organization comprising the following major entities:
Shelton School serves close to 920 students with learning differences, including dyslexia and related disorders. Students with dyslexia have challenges with reading decoding, spelling and written expression. Other students with related disorders may or may not have dyslexia, but do evidence difficulty with reading comprehension, math, written expression and often have struggles with organization and attention. The school provides specific instruction/remediation for students pre-school (3 years of age) through 12th grade in a supportive and nurturing atmosphere. Drama, music, art, library and PE/athletics enhance the total school program. Linda Kneese is Shelton's Head of School.
In addition to student education during the regular school day, there are two other opportunities for students from the community to experience Shelton's programs. During the school year on Saturday mornings from 9 a.m. - 12 noon and in the summer during July, students receive one-on-one tutoring in the Sequential English Education (SEE) approach. The nominal cost for this program allows students from all economic levels to receive help. Some scholarships are also available.
Shelton's Evaluation Center provides psycho-educational assessments for clients from the Dallas area and beyond. The Evaluation Center staff of five is led by Laure Ames, Ph.D.
Students with speech and/or language delays or disorders are evaluated and remediated in the Shelton Speech and Language Therapy department. A staff of seven sees clients privately from the community and school. The staff also screens local pre-schools for speech, language and hearing proficiency.
The Teacher Education department, headed by Nancy Coffman, provides teacher training in a variety of programs including SEE, Alphabetic Phonics, the Association Method and Montessori Applied to At-Risk students. Since 1991, the training programs have given teachers the knowledge to help LD children. Outreach also offers an open Summer School in July, serving Shelton students and many from the community. Workshops and conference presentations are given throughout the U.S. and overseas.
Other private services offered at Shelton include Occupational Therapy and Sensory Integration supervised by Sally Fryer and Social Skills Therapy provided by Susan Istre, Ph.D. Both services are provided through Integrative Pediatrics.
Beginning in 2003, Shelton received research grants to help provide more answers for the LD population. The Early Intervention Program helps children with significant oral language disorders. Data on the most effective services is being analyzed. The Center for Advanced ADHD Research, Treatment and Education (CAARTE) is investigating sub types of ADHD and non-medication treatments. This study is in collaboration with UTSW Medical Center and UTD Center for BrainHealth.
Shelton, founded by Dr. June Ford Shelton in 1976, has grown in over 35 years into an international demonstration, resource and research center. A staff of almost 250 readily shares Shelton's services and knowledge with all who inquire. I am proud to represent Shelton to its many constituents.