Inclusion: An Innovative approach to Education Support
One of the many issues faced by children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder is anxiety, which can severely impact on their ability to learn, develop friendships and function appropriately in the community. The Education Support Unit provides a facility and the staff to help students regulate their own anxiety levels in a carefully designed sensory room. The Education Support Unit contributes to making the school environment a productive and pleasant place to learn.
There are weekly intensive social and communication training classes for primary students – Kids’ Café and secondary students – ‘Teens CAFÉ’ (Communication and Friendship Education). Students will learn effective communication and social skills so they can develop and maintain appropriate friendships with their peers, learn about emotions such as anxiety, and how to manage them and improve self-esteem through a variety of games and activities.
Nilai International School is committed to transforming children into individuals capable of living in and contributing to their society. In addition, the Education Support Unit provides students with an Autism Spectrum Disorder, the opportunity to develop skills needed to reach their full potential.
Conditions of Acceptance
Western Autistic School Program for Students with Aspergers Syndrome
- Provide an academic program
- Develop spontaneous communication
- Develop social skills and interactions
- Develop strategies to maintain appropriate behaviour
- Broaden and develop leisure activities
- Provide an environment structured so as to encourage self-regulation, self expression and the freedom to achieve their full potential
- Promote independence, healthy self-esteem and maintain the dignity of all students, always.
- Nurture the acquisition of life skills necessary to enable successful integration into the greater community
- Provide a predictable and safe environment by establishing routines, using structured activities and visual supports such as schedules.
- Facilitate the development of interpersonal skills by providing structured activities with set patterns and roles with the focus on the social process rather than the end product. Staff use a variety of teaching methods and facilitate modelling, practice and rehearsal to establish the social skills required for students to navigate their way through from the playground to the wider community.
- Expose students to a range of age –appropriate leisure activities that encourage active socialization and limit time spent on solitary activities such as computer games
A Inclusion means involving selected special educational needs students in NIS to receive additional assistance from the Education Support Unit. These students will be provided with coping strategies to deal with learning issues in communication, social skills and creativity through Individual Leaning Programs. These students study alongside their peers.
A Our Education Support Unit is offering extra assistance to these students in the mainstream school and function alongside the school’s curriculum. These special students attend school on a full time basis and can be excluded from the mainstream for specific training to develop their skills.
A The unit comprised of a team of qualified and experienced teachers trained in Special Education, specializing in the field of Autism Spectrum Disorders and Asperger’s Syndrome. The team is supported by trained specialists and therapists who would conduct assessments, prepare Individual Learning Program and interventions and frequent updates on their progress through parent-teacher consultations.
A relaxation room is available to assist students to learn to self regulate body responses to anxiety and stress, typical in students with Asperger’s Syndrome and high functioning autism. The Education Support is specially structured and organized to cater for the individual needs of the students. Play and manipulative materials are provided in the unit to accommodate their needs and improve their fine and gross motor skills.