Linda Christas

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Linda Christas offers comprehensive online academic subject teaching, tutoring and coaching programs to students who suffer from Autism, Asperger's Syndrome, Rett Syndrome, Attention Deficit Disorder or Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder.

Our credentialed teachers are fully trained to encourage students with any of these conditions to move forward toward full functionality within the spectrum of their particular learning situation.

We work with parents, psychologists and medical personnel to design case specific learning opportunities for students from 7th through 12th grades.

Our teachers are sensitive and knowledgeable regarding the challenges that families face when attempting to provide the best learning environment for their students.

Contact Linda Christas at any time for a consultation in terms of how the School can customize an online program to meet the academic needs of a special student.

What is Autism?

Autism is a disorder of the brain that may cause lifelong development disabilities, primarily involving communication and social skills.

Symptoms of the condition are evident either from birth or may begin to appear after a period of normal development, but definitely by the time the child is two and a half years old.

Autism is known as a spectrum disorder because the severity of symptoms ranges from a mild learning or social disability to severe impairment with multiple problems and highly unusual behavior. The disorder may occur alone or with accompanying problems such as mental retardation or seizures.

Autism is not a rare disorder, being the third most common developmental disorder, more common than Downs Syndrome. Typically, about twenty in a population of ten thousand people will be autistic or have autistic symptoms. Autism is found throughout the world in families of all economic, social, and racial backgrounds.

What is Rett Syndrome?

Rett Syndrome is a neurological disorder that randomly strikes one in ten thousand girls within the first two years of life. Rett Syndrome is characterized by some loss of verbal language, repetitive hand gestures, wide based or stiff legged walking, and shakiness of the limbs or torso when upset.

What is Asperger's Syndrome?

Asperger's Syndrome is closely related to autism and is similar in many ways. One of the biggest distinguishing characteristics is that in Asperger's Syndrome there is no clinically significant delay in cognitive development. People with Asperger's Syndrome have average to above average IQ. It is not the intellectual development that is delayed. It is the social development. Students with this condition may be unable to display or interpret body language, develop healthy peer relationships or feel/understand sympathy or empathy.

What is Attention Deficit Disorder?

Attention Deficit Disorder is a complex neurological disorder in children or adults characterized by inattention. The results of such inattention may be any or all of the following:

  • The person may often have difficulty sustaining attention in tasks or play activities
  • The person may often not seem to listen when spoken to directly
  • The person may often not follow through on instructions or may fail to finish schoolwork, chores or duties in the workplace (not due to oppositional behavior or failure to understand instructions)
  • The person may often have difficulty organizing tasks and activities
  • The person may often avoid, dislike, or be reluctant to engage in tasks that require sustained mental effort (such as schoolwork or homework)
  • The person may often lose things necessary for tasks or activities (e.g. toys, school assignments, pencils, books or tools)
  • The person may often easily be distracted by extraneous stimuli
  • The person may often be forgetful in daily activities
  • What is Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder?

    Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is a complex neurological disorder in children or adults characterized, in addition to inattention, by hyperactivity or impulsivity. The symptoms of this condition may be any or all of the following:

  • The person may often fidget with his/her hands or feet or may squirm while seated
  • The person may often leave his/her seat in the classroom or in other situations in which remaining seated is expected
  • The person may often run about or climb excessively in situations in which it is inappropriate
  • The person may often have difficulty playing or engaging in leisure activities quietly
  • The person may talk excessively
  • The person may often blurt out answers before questions have been completed
  • The person may often have difficulty awaiting his/her turn
  • The person may often interrupt or intrude on others
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    Academic Offerings

    1. College Challenge Courses: Calculus
    2. College Challenge Courses: English
    3. GED Exam Preparation Program
    4. Linda Christas Online Academy
    5. ACT/SAT Test Preparation Program
    6. Stay-at-Home School Coordination Program
    7. Homework Helper Tutorials: Mathematics, Science or English
    8. English Mentoring Program


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