Schools tailor plans to address different needs – AutismSTEP
Home-based learning plans are not the same for all 19 government-funded special education schools in Singapore. Some cater to students with intellectual disabilities, while others are meant for those with autism or multiple disabilities.
Learning packages for individual students might also differ according to their learning goals. Intervention support is now online, with support extended through video-conferencing or calls.
Ms Tan Sze Wee, executive director of Rainbow Centre, which runs three schools taking in seven-to 18-year-olds with autism and/or multiple disabilities, started preparations for home learning in February.
“Not all students can use online resources, so teachers also prepare hard-copy learning materials and our school bus drivers have been helping us to send these packages to the students’ homes,” she said.
Some students can join video-conferencing sessions with teachers, while for others, teachers work with parents to implement learning at home. For students whose vocational internships have been suspended, job coaches have had to explore other ways of training, like making use of resources at home, said Ms Tan.
A spokesman for the Movement for the Intellectually Disabled of Singapore (Minds), which runs four special education schools, said allied health professionals have conducted online therapy, and reached out to families who need socio-emotional support.
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