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What’s Cool About the Florida Keys Adventure?

Florida Keys SnorkelingOur Florida Keys Adventure is one of the coolest courses we offer, in my opinion. There’s so many awesome things kids get to do on that course that it really stands out.

I mean who can honestly say they don’t want to be in the crystal clear aquamarine waters of the Caribbean? That’s with this Adventure is all about. The Caribbean sea. The Adventure offers a plethora of water activities including kayaking, swimming, deep sea fishing, snorkeling, camping on the beach, visiting the local aquarium and more.

As a kid I was afraid of the deep end of the pool. And the Caribbean sea is a very big pool. However, the camaraderie, the guidance from staff and the beautiful beaches could easily take care of that fear.

Fort JeffersonOne of the cool activities that kids get to do on the Florida Keys Adventure course is heading out to Dry Tortugas island, which has Fort Jefferson on it. Dry Tortugas is actually about half way between Florida and Cuba, and Fort Jefferson used to serve as the “Gateway to the Gulf.” Construction was never completed due to the Civil War. The site was turned into a historic park in 1938 by Franklin Roosevelt in the Antiquities Act.

The island is surrounded by coral reef, which makes for some incredible snorkeling. Some of the residents include the Florida spiny lobster, 300 species of bird, sea turtles, nurse sharks (which are some of the most relaxed and friendly sharks), thousands of fish species and the coral itself is living! A truly unforgettable experience.

If you’re interested in signing your kid up for the Florida Keys Adventure, click here! We also offer a Christmas in the Keys adventure course, so that kids can get away from the cold for the holidays. They love going to the beach on Christmas!! For more information about that program, click here. Finally, our Academy kids go down to Florida a fair amount themselves! Another great opportunity, with so much more, including the academics, other adventures and life at our Balsam Base in NC! To find out more about our AD/HD and LD Academy, click here.

Thanks for reading and have a great week! Check out some of the great pictures below!

Snorkeling Florida

Florida Keys Rocks

Florida Keys Kayaking

Florida Keys Fishing

Fort Jefferson

SOAR, a Resource for Youth with ADHD / ADD and LD for Over 30 Years

Betty Jones raised her children to believe anything was possible. Although each struggled with learning disabilities that presented their own unique challenges, she instilled in her children a “You gotta wanna” attitude, and always encouraged them to reach their potential. One of those children, Jonathan, went on to create what SOAR is today.

Resources for Youth with ADHD / ADD and LDFounded on the belief that when youth are properly motivated and taught problem solving skills, they can achieve incredible results, SOAR is a direct result of Jonathan’s life experience. Since the early days, back in 1977, we have developed our programs around the needs of the youth we serve. Sure, terminology has changed throughout the years, and ADHD has seeing a drastic change in public perception, but our mission has remained the same: to serve LD and ADHD youth and to provide a place where these youth can experience success and push past perceived limits.

With that in mind, we hope you come to view SOAR as a resource that can be utilized year round. If your child is having trouble keeping organized, or making friends at school, or staying on top of the endless stream of homework…we are here to help. We will be adding to our ADHD resources often through blog posts, videos, and articles we want to share with you. Come check back often, and always know that we are here to serve you.

All our Best,

The SOAR Family

SOAR has been a resource for youth with ADHD / ADD and LD for Over 30 years. Find us on Facebook, Twitter, and our YouTube page SOARADHD. We also travel across the country presenting at conferences, meeting with support groups, and visiting schools, professionals, and families. Questions? Contact us at 828-456-3435.

Assistive Technology Part 3

Inspiration SoftwareInspiration® is a software program that offers a tool for developing ideas and organizing thoughts. The program integrates visual mapping and outlining to assist in comprehension of concepts and information. Anyone can use it to brainstorm ideas with graphics, organize papers with graphic outlines, and, there’s even a way to show relationships between ideas, such as “cause and effect”, “comparisons”, and “similarities”. The visuals help a person process these ideas, step by step, resulting in an improved understanding of a concept or an analysis.

Inspiration® is helpful for individuals who prefer visual tools and like to use mind maps to organize information for writing papers and other text-based assignments.

This helpful tool can also be used for learning and studying. It can help clarify thoughts by organizing and grouping what one already knows, or prior knowledge with new information.  Inspiration® software can help with organizing and analyzing information with the use of diagrams and plots to display information which reveals relationships and patterns. It can help to integrate new knowledge by providing a visual representation which provides the strength of multisensory learning. The software can even help individuals to “think critically” by linking verbal and visual information to make connections, understand relationships, and recall related ideas.

Inspiration example image

Go to www.inspiration.com for a trial version of this helpful and innovative software. Explore all the headings: graphic organizers, concept mapping, mind mapping, webbing, outlining, and plots and graphs. It may just be just the tool for you for learning, understanding, drawing conclusions, retaining information, and writing it all down in an organized and informative way for others to see. If it works for you, the results could be an improvement in managing learning goals or objectives and achieving academic success!

Lynne Gentry Neaves, MA, Special Education and Reading

Admissions Director – SOAR