A holistic programme that helps children on their path to primary education at a local school or our subsidiary Melbourne International School.
This programme is run in partnership with Senior Occupational Therapist, Judith Ramos-Guerrero -Head of Early Intervention Programme.
ASPIRE school readiness programme is a holistic programme that helps children on their path
to independence and inclusion. We cover the following general areas:
1. Sensory, Play and Emotional Skills (includes regulation)
2. Visual, Gross and Fine Motor Skills
3. Cognitive Skills (foundation concepts/pre-academics: literacy, numeracy etc)
4. Social, Communication, and Language Skills
5. Self-Care and Independence Skills
- Children learn best when they feel safe with people they trust- when their sensory systems are ready to learn, while having fun. Learning areas will be targeted in a thematic, multisensory, play-based approach.
- We get to know the whole child, meet them where they are, and guide them to where they need to be. We get to know their strengths, motivations/interests as well as their specific challenges and create a targeted and differentiated programme addressing specific needs.
- We have a small class size/student teacher ratio to support learning with the full understanding that our children need more focused attention.
- We use our environment to foster and facilitate learning. Learning happens inside and outside the classroom as we explore the world around us and learn more about ourselves. Apart from our smart-board, fully equipped classrooms, we have a gym, life-skills area, outdoor space, and a multi-sensory room.
- We use evidence-based, best practices. We have integrated programmes that support executive functions and regulation.
- We have music, arts and crafts and physical education as part of the programme and facilitate joint attention, small-group interactions, and play.Learning classroom routines, self-care independence and life skills are part of the programme.
- We believe in feedback and communication: Intake assessment, term-based reviews with caregiver/parent collaboration, weekly feedback done.