What is Educational Therapy?
Educational Therapy is a customized intervention programme which helps children with learning difficulties. A qualified special needs educator uses multi-sensory methods such as manipulatives, games, and other activities, to teach children skills and strategies to help them manage their learning or attention issues and improve their academics and self-confidence.
We make sure that we develop a programme that will cater and facilitate the learning of our students with different learning difficulties. Providing them with safe and nurturing environment will help them develop their skills and appropriately interact with peers and with adults.
Once the child is ready for mainstreaming, we would ensure a collaborative approach by building a positive working relationship with the teachers and other professionals so best support will be given to our kids.
We target the following:
- Increasing and improving attention span
- Different learning styles
- Sensory Integrated lessons and activities
We cater to children diagnosed with:
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
- Autism Spectrum Disorder (ADD)
- Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD)
- Central Auditory Processing Disorder (CAPD)
- Developmental Delay
- Other Specific Language Impairments
With a holistic approach to student’s difficulties which takes full account of the history, profile and needs, your child will receive the attention he or she needs in a safe and positive environment which enables effective learning.
What is the Educational Therapy Process? What Steps are Involved?
1. Registration / Parent Interview
Before the assessment you will be asked to fill out a form to provide information of your child’s profile, developmental history and your concerns about your child.
(*Note that not all students will require standardised assessment. It depends on the student’s history and needs.)
2. Child Assessment
Our educational therapist, together with our clinical director, will be assessing the child’s needs and the underlying learning difficulties with the use of standardised assessment tools with clinical observations in order to determine the strengths and weaknesses of your child.
3. Goal Setting
Based on the assessments, the Educational Therapist will plan tailor-made goals for your child’s therapy sessions. These targeted goals will be explained to the parents, together with the clinical director, and will be followed up by weekly homework and updates from the therapist.
How Can Educational Therapy Help Your Child? What are the Benefits?
We don’t just focus on teaching children the academic skills but also on how to effectively learn with regards with their learning styles and sensory needs.
In Bridging the Gap, we:
- Help identify behavior issues that may be caused by underlying learning and thinking differences of the child
- Teach strategies to improve focus and work habits not only in school but also at home
- Teach time management and organization skills through a structured schedule
- Provide a safe environment for your child to talk about school and what struggles they are facing
- Act as a link between home and school, we believe in a collaborative approach and follow-up system between teachers and parents
What are the Signs to Look Out for in a Child That May Require Joining Our Educational Therapy Programme?
Your child would require this therapy if they have significant difficulty with the following:
- Shows difficulty in reading, spelling, writing, comprehension, and numeracy skills
- Has problems with memory and retaining what has been learned
- Finds it significantly more difficult to learn than most of same-aged peers
- Has slower processing of information
- Has a brief attention span and gets distracted easily
- Usually disorganized, unable to plan and follow through due to poor comprehension skills
- Has low/poor critical and problem thinking skills.
- Transitioning from an Early Intervention Programme to mainstream kindergarten or primary/elementary school
- Struggles to fulfil the school’s expectations of behaviour and performance
- Has trouble with social skills including difficulty understanding non-verbal communication
My son has been having difficulties especially in coping up with the mainstream setting. We felt that he lacks the foundational skills, and we are happy that Bridging the Gap has addressed these with their effective strategies. They also work together with us and with my son’s teachers. This collaboration has truly been helpful.
Z. W. X.’s Parents
In Bridging the Gap, my son gets a well-rounded school program with good support from the teachers who I find helpful and friendly. The curriculum is also quite similar to mainstream school, except at a pace that will be beneficial for my son. They use effective ways that tap on my child’s interest and capabilities which make learning easier. Thank you, Bridging the Gap!
My family have been struggling on how to help my son to cope up with his school. Going to Bridging the Gap has been one of the best decisions we have made as we have been consistently seeing so many improvements on our son. Also, we love how they work closely with parents on giving updates and follow-through activities at home.