Here are my experiences as a Special Educator and as an Individual with my very special students and their parents. Here, 'WE' work together in a special way for a very 'Special Cause'.

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EDventure Academy is a Special Education & Remedial Centre founded with a vision to provide equal opportunity to all children with diverse level of abilities. Our learning group is composed of 1-3 students to ensure that every child receives individual attention. At EDventure Academy we offer two models of Programs: A) Morning School Program for kids who are rejected admissions in mainstream schools. This program is an amalgam of a special education and a regular school curriculum in a nut shell. Currently children with Autism, Intellectual disability, Down Syndrome, Global Learning Disability, etc are benefiting from this model. B) Evening Remedial Program for kids who attend regular schools and need support in specific areas like reading, writing, spelling, memory, attention, sitting tolerance, behaviour modification etc. Currently children with ADHD, Learning Disabilities, Cerebral Palsy, Slow learners etc attend this program.
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Sunday, April 10, 2011

What to do if you suspect...?

a sample picture showing the procedure (it varies from institute to institute)
CT= Class Teacher
SE= Special Educator

Initially children are screened using checklists. After screening, the class teacher and special educator work together primarily to support the child with few changes in the classroom set up. If the difficulties/ problems faced by the child are addressed, the support being given will be gradually faded, if not addressed...then it's high time to refer the child for a formal assessment. From the assessment the child's potentials ,difficulties and the current functioning level will be identified. Basing on this assessment reports, a Multi-Disciplinary team works together in planning the program and it's implementation.

A multi-disciplinary team consists of the child's parents, class teacher, special educator, doctor, psychologist, psychiatrist, occupational therapist (OT), physiotherapist (PT), speech therapist (ST), behavior therapist (BT) etc. Number of professionals required in designing and implementation of the program varies from child to child.

A program designed for a child is called as an IEP which means Individualized Educational Program, which is unique and tailor made for each child, and is done for over a period of time. It truly addresses the special needs of the child. It helps in overall development of the child.

After the implementation, the child is re-assessed  to check the improvement and is integrated.

The ultimate aim is to integrate the child in mainstream education. The child has to be included in a normal / regular educational set up, and lead an independent and quality life just like/ even better than peers of same age group.


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