Social and School Readiness Class

Autism STEP Social and School Readiness Class

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Starting their school life in the unfamiliar environment of a mainstream school can be a traumatic experience for a child with autism. A sudden break in their normal routine, a barrage of new rules and a sea of strange new faces can lead to a world of trouble and embarrassment for an unprepared child.

In the course of our years of experience we’ve seen many of our children’s development halt, and even regress, as they struggle with the frustrations of coping with the intense societal pressure found in mainstream schools. Hence, we’ve put together a specialized class constructed with the dual purposes of not only preparing children with autism for the environment in mainstream schools; but also, to equip them with the essential social skills that would take them through school life and beyond.

What is it?

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The Social & School Readiness Class is a class specially designed to help children with autism socialize and communicate effectively (both verbally and nonverbally), as well as to equip them with the skills necessary for a successful transition into mainstream schools.

Class Structure and Content

Focused and theme-specific

A different theme is introaduced to the children every week to reinforce important learning points. Examples of some of our themes are:

Emotions (Angry and Scared)–to teach the child how to identify these emotions and the appropriate ways to handle them.

Our Five Senses–to teach the child how to employ the senses to observe their surroundings to draw conclusions and solve problems.

Pets–a fun way to teach the children responsibility and empathy, as well as some fine motor skills as they learn how to care for the animals.

Fun and varied activities

  • Circle time
  • Free play
  • Table top
  • Social-oriented games
  • Snacks and toilet
  • Art and crafts
  • Music and movement
  • Role-playing (suggestion)
  • Social awareness
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What Makes Us Different?

Dual emphasis

Most classes available today target either school readiness or social skills.  However, our experience has taught us that firstly, key social skills are essential for successful integration into mainstream schools; and secondly, that these social skills need to be taught effectively within the context of the specific needs and circumstances of our mainstream schools.

We simulate real world situations

Effective socialization isn’t just about one-size-fits-all theories but imparting the ability to socially navigate the different types of situations that can present themselves. In our Social and School Readiness Class we bring the children through different types of social situations that happens in mainstream schools and help the children to learn and grow in ways that help them to handle the set of “rules” in each situation.

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Individualized attention in a group setting

One of our core beliefs is that because each individual child has his/her own unique needs, it is our responsibility to respect these differences and cater to each child with individualized attention and care. Thus, we keep our class sizes small (3 teachers to 6 students) and engineer individualized goals and situations for each child according to their needs and level of development.

Meticulous Data-taking

As technical as it sounds, we take meticulous notes of each child’s behavior and progress so as to be able to build an accurate record of their development every step of the way.

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What will your child get to learn?

Follow group/classroom rules and instructions

Converse and communicate with peers and teachers

Make friends

Abide by rules of play

Learn through observation

Modify their behavior

Develop social and emotional awareness: identifying and expressing emotions

Practice good table manners and hygiene

Understand and follow routines

Recollect events

Follow written instructions

Complete worksheets given to them

Have a concept of self

Exercise self-control

Employ fine motor skills

Employ gross motor skills

Utilise creative thinking and problem-solving skills

Venue

Cool De Sac, centrally-located in Suntec City and accessible by train/bus/car, is a beautifully designed indoor playground that is spacious, cosy and entirely child-proofed. Here, your child can learn and play in comfortable surroundings where their safety and security is a top priority.

Play stations available in Cool De Sac:

  • Arts: where children can express their creativity with the array of materials provided.
  • Blocks: for budding engineers and other like-minded children.
  • Tree House: for children to explore their adventurous side in a safe environment.
  • Play Area: perfect for developing a child’s gross motor skills with slides and tunnels galore.
  • Tots: a place filled with quality toys for the very young.
  • Tweens: console games to entertain even the most easily bored tween.
  • Back Stage: the perfect platform for children who love the dramatic arts.
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Safety and hygiene is the first priority in Cool De Sac, which is why we have chosen to conduct our sessions here.

Each child is tagged and only an adult with a matching coded wristband is allowed to leave the premises with the child. No child is allowed to wander out on his own and play areas are monitored by CCTVs at all times.

For hygiene purposes, temperature checks are conducted on every child before being allowed into play areas, where socks are compulsory. Furthermore, all staff on duty are trained in all safety precautions.

Details of the Class

Frequency: Once a week

Time: 3pm to 6pm

Date: Every Wednesday

Duration: 3 hours

Venue: Cooldesac

Age group: 4 to 8 years old

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Sign up process

The decision to enrol your child into a mainstream school is an important one. However, it shouldn’t be case of “sink-or-swim” where we throw our vulnerable children into the mix and hope for a good result. In order to ensure that it is a positive experience that will reap benefits for your child, preparation is key. This is why we’ve created the Social and School Readiness Class–because at Autism STEP, we’re here for your child, every step of the way.

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