We want every child to feel valued at IIS. We truly are an inclusive school and community. Outside of the classroom, we try our utmost to provide each and every one of our students with the support they need. This is where our wonderfully attentive Support Department comes in.
Made up of qualified specialists and therapists who work with students individually, our team of experts provide services such as behavioural therapy, counselling, social skills training, speech and occupational therapy to ensure the well-being of every student.
Everyone can benefit from a little TLC…
Accessibility and S.T.A.R.S.
The Support Department is accessible to students enrolled in the “Mainstream with Support” programme. This department exists because the Integrated International School believes that every child is entitled to a good quality, enriching education, and that every child feels a part of our community. Our faculty believes that every child has the potential to be successful in many ways provided that their learning style is understood and they are challenged fairly and appropriately using an approach that suits their personality.
Our specialized teaching and responsive students (S.T.A.R.S.) approach achieves this by combining a solid academic programme with remediation of lagging skills. We also provide opportunities for each student to develop mastery in areas of special interests or giftedness.
The Support Department consists of an expert multidisciplinary team of behavioural therapists, counsellors, psychologists, occupational therapists, speech and language pathologists who work closely and collaboratively with teachers to design individualised education plans (IEPs) for students who can benefit from such customised support. Our success rates for progression are centred around four core support domains:
- Academic competence
- Self-regulation and self-awareness
- Relationship development
- Higher-order, cognitive functioning
Our psychologists and therapists implement a spectrum of behaviourally and empirically sound approaches, rather than use just one fixed approach. Our tailored approach results in individualised, positive and effective relationships between students and specialists, thus strengthening the intervention journey. Some of the behavioural approaches used include, but are not exclusive of:
- Naturalistic Applied Behavioural Analysis
- Floor Time (for younger students)
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Offering students both individual and group counselling, our counselling services focus on helping students discuss anything that is on their mind. Counselling sessions assist them in identifying emotions and provide them with tools to cope with their individual stressors, to develop self-awareness and mindfulness skills, as well as problem-solving skills. Our counsellors use an integrative approach and thus use a range of therapeutic modalities, some of which include, but are not exclusive of:
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
- Expressive Therapies (i.e., art therapy, psycho-drama, etc.)
- Solution-Focused Brief Therapy
A significant portion of a child’s life is about being social, learning to interact spontaneously with peers and to acquire complex social know-how as they mature. All of these experiences in school lead children to become socially competent and self-assured adults. Grooming such skills are therefore pivotal to a child’s development. Our social skills groups are open to students who could benefit from enhancement of their social skills. Some of the topics covered in such groups include, but are not exclusive of:
- self-awareness & self-esteem
- verbal & non-verbal behaviour
- identifying emotions
- collaborative teamwork
- social conduct specific to developmental level
OT takes into account each child’s sensory needs and physical/motor skills. OT is used to help children strengthen movement patterns or fine motor skills, muscle tone, body-form-spatial perception, motor planning skills, play skills and processing sensory information. Additionally, OT helps with self-regulation to improve attention and impulsivity.
SLT typically assesses and helps improve speech, language and oral/feeding/swallowing skills. Treatment areas can include articulation and sound production, language and reciprocal conversation development, as well as the strengthening of muscles around the mouth and jaw to improve oral-motor skills.