Miriam is the premier educational hub for children with learning differences in the St. Louis area. We empower unique learners by building confidence and a foundation for success at our K-12 school, as well as through our outreach programs. Our students’ challenges often include specific learning disabilities, ADHD, autism, speech/language disorders, anxiety and sensory processing differences.
Because not all great minds think alike. We meet students where they are, taking a strengths-based approach to a truly individualized education.
At Miriam, learning is intentional, collaborative and personalized, designed to meet the unique social, emotional, physical, and academic needs of each student.
Speech/Language and Occupational therapies are built right into each school day and are integrated throughout our curriculum to help the whole child develop and grow.
Miriam’s curriculum is designed to provide transition services to every K-12 student and their family with the goal of preparing them for life outside of Miriam.
Miriam fully embraces each student, celebrating the unique gifts and strengths he/she/they bring to our community and to this world.
Our learning center reaches more than 1,600 unique learners each year through its specialized services and partnerships.
A group of Miriam high school students learned the value of hard work, exercise and team spirit this fall, participating in cross-country under the mentorship of former Miriam teacher Jeron Merritt.
When my son was little, Christmas was a hard time of year for him. The expectations of the holidays, the over stimulation, change of routine, location, and diet made things challenging. There were multiple years that it felt like he lost out on the Christmas joy because he was on sensory overload. Nothing seemed to go well. He fell apart, my husband and I would have whispered fights about what to do while family members would try to help by inserting themselves in the situation or by staying away. I can still feel hot tears sliding down my face as I fought with my own emotions while trying to help my child feel better, on what was supposed to be one of the happiest days of the year.
Gardening… It’s a popular hobby with a beautiful result – but did you know it also comes with significant sensory benefits for all ages?
Years ago, I found a second hand Barbie Dreamhouse for my two girls. It was an expensive one complete with furniture and a working elevator. I even found a car for the Barbie carport and a swimming pool. It truly was a Barbie paradise! I was so excited for them to unwrap what I believed to be the best present ever for a 4 ½ and 6 year old girl.
As I navigate life and work, I have come to appreciate that a person’s perspective is their reality. For our Miriam children, coaching them to see beyond their “personal reality” takes considerable practice at each developmental phase they grow through.
“If I believe in myself, I can never be defeated.” When I was a junior in high school, my lacrosse coach made us chant this mantra as we put our sticks together before and after a game.
Sometimes that transition back from summer vacation and the expectation of a new year can be overwhelming and exhausting.
Not every child is built to sit for hours inside a classroom and be taught in a way that may not work for them. At the Miriam School and Learning Center, children can see what kind of learners they are and fall in love with the school. They get small class sizes, a personalized curriculum, special educators, and a welcoming environment.
Miriam has not been just a game changer, but a life changer.
We knew Miriam was the right place for our daughter right away. She immediately connected with the other students, and was warmly welcomed by the teachers and staff. It was clear this was the high school for her.
We are finally in an environment where the staff ‘gets it.’ They understand that every child is a unique learner, and they work hard to cater to the needs of each child with individualized learning plans.