Sunday, January 10, 2010

MHOLC Launching Special Needs Classes

Over the past 6 years, quite some parents whose child needs special educational cares have come to Montessori House of Little Capers (MHOLC) for assistance. Turning them away – because we did not possess such expertise – was always heart-breaking: children need help, but unfortunately providers of such services are scarce.

However, the thought of helping the special needs children has never left our mind. What is the excuse not to implement the Montessori Method on special needs learning, if it was actually invented to help special needs children?!
Therefore, along the way we have done research on special education methods, sent teachers for special education workshops, and constantly talked to specialists in this area, just to get ourselves prepared.

The day has finally arrived. MHOLC has successfully formed a Special Needs Team recently, and we will be launching the service in early year 2010!

Our Team consists of Mrs. Dianna Eng, a certified Special Needs Educationist with more than 20 years of hands-on experience; Mrs. Zora, an International Montessori Diploma holder involving in Montessori teaching /training for the last 15 years; Teacher Lim Shih and Teacher Chui Teng, both experienced Montessori Teachers now pursuing their degree of Early Childhood Education inclusive of Special Education.

The Special Needs classes will be conducted as per school calendar, from 2.30pm to 5.00pm in the afternoon. In addition, weekly activities together with children of normal classes will be scheduled to expedite the normalization process.

Before admission, children will be assessed in details by a structured procedure for suitability. If the assessment result is favorable, a tailor-made program with specific learning targets will be constructed for individual child, and periodic progress review will be carried out together with parents.

Since the learning activities will be heavily one-to-one basis, aided by weekly therapy sessions, the fees structure will be different from the normal classes. Please call at our office for further details.

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