Learning Support School in Singapore
We want every child to feel valued at IIS. That’s why we have an exceptional team of staff that plays an essential role in ensuring students feel welcome within our learning inclusive school environment in Singapore.
Our resident experts include qualified specialists and highly experienced therapists who work closely with students to provide individualised services, including behavioural therapy, counselling, social skills training, and speech and occupational therapy.
Everyone can benefit from a little Tender Loving Care…
Accessibility and S.T.A.R.S.
For students enrolled in our ‘Mainstream with Support’ programme, they’ll have streamlined access to our support services staff. In addition, our dedicated facilities ensure our students receive a high-quality education while also being included within the broader community.
Bridged by our extensive child counselling and therapeutic services, our faculty aims to support each and every student to reach their potential. To do so, we use educational techniques to appropriately challenge students based on their unique personality traits and abilities.
Our Specialised Teaching And Responsive Students (S.T.A.R.S.) approach achieves this by combining a solid academic programme with remediation of lagging skills. Our support school also offers great opportunities for students to master their own special areas of interest or talent. As a private international school in Singapore, we recognise that our cohort is a diverse one, and strive to nurture and encourage the unique gifts and abilities of each and every student that passes through our doors.
Our support school in Singapore provides a variety of important student services to help our cohort achieve their education goals. These facilities include several essential disciplines, including expert behavioural therapists, children’s counsellors, psychologists, occupational therapists, and speech and language pathologists. This robust support staff works closely with our teachers to ensure our support school is providing each student with an individualised learning experience. In doing so, we focus on four core support domains:
- Academic competence
- Self-regulation and self-awareness
- Relationship development
- Higher-order, cognitive functioning
Together, our experienced teachers, psychologists and therapists in Singapore implement a range of empirically sound methods rather than just one set approach. This detailed strategy ensures we foster a positive relationship between our students and support school specialists, which ultimately leads to effective intervention outcomes. This involves some of the following behavioural and support measures:
- Naturalistic Applied Behavioural Analysis
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
- Crisis Prevention Institute (CPI)
- Sensory Breaks
Through either individual or group counselling, our professional support staff encourage students to discuss anything that’s on their mind. These counselling sessions help children identify their emotions and provide them with the tools to handle stress, grow self-awareness, utilise mindfulness techniques, and develop problem-solving skills. Taking an integrated approach to counselling, our support school offers a range of therapeutic methods such as:
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
- Expressive Therapies (i.e., art therapy, psychodrama, etc.)
- Solution-Focused Brief Therapy
- Growth Mindset
For complicated cases and situations, students will be referred to respective professionals at external agencies in Singapore.
A significant portion of a child’s life is about being social, learning to interact spontaneously with peers and developing complex social know-how as they mature. All of these experiences in school lead children to become socially competent and self-assured adults. With this pivotal stage of childhood development in mind, our social skills training helps students discover healthy ways to engage with their emotions and those around them. Some of the topics covered include:
- Self-awareness and self-esteem
- Verbal and non-verbal behaviour
- Identifying emotions
- Collaborative teamwork
- Social conduct specific to developmental level
- Conflict resolution & problem-solving
Experts in our support school will help to tailor lessons and sessions to suit the individual needs of each student. Our social skills training is guided by the latest research in child pedagogy, and is intended to help our cohort flourish in Singapore and beyond.
Our support school in Singapore offers in-depth Occupational Therapy (OT) to help children develop their sensory, physical and fine motor skills. These abilities help children strengthen movement patterns, muscle tone, body-form-spatial perception, motor planning skills, play skills and assist with processing sensory information. Additionally, OT helps with self-regulation to improve attention and impulsivity.
Through Speech Language Therapy, our expert support staff in Singapore assess and improve our students’ speech, language and oral/feeding/swallowing skills. Typically, this kind of therapy involves articulation and sound production, language and reciprocal conversation development, as well as strengthening of muscles around the mouth and jaw to improve oral-motor skills.
Student Orientation Programme:
For new students attending our support school, we provide a casual orientation programme that helps them get to know our school and its services better. This process ensures students meet with their teachers and newly assigned classmate buddies, while also covering other areas such as school policies, procedures and rules, attendance requirements and leave applications.
Teacher – Parent Meetings:
Our support school organises regular teacher-parent meetings to provide parents and/or guardians with feedback on students’ performances in school.
Tuition Referral Services:
If requested by students or their parents/guardians, IIS can provide children who need extra learning assistance with a tuition referral service. These tutors may be teachers from our support school or external options in Singapore who have been carefully vetted.
Exam Registration and Results Checking:
For all external exams, the school will help students register for their examinations. We’ll provide due notification and may assist with retrieving our students’ examination results.
Student Pass Application:
Foreign students can apply for a Student Pass to study at IIS. Please refer to the ICA website at https://www.ica.gov.sg/visitor/studentpass/peo for more information on the application procedure.
If you have any lingering questions about our inclusivity measures and support school accommodations for students, do not hesitate to reach out to us to find out more. Our Singapore-based team is proud to be part of an inclusive environment that is redefining success, and we look forward to answering any queries you may have.