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PROGRAMMES

GENERAL LEARNING SUPPORT PROGRAMME
  • Slow Learners, Language Delays
  • Learners who require additional support after school.
  • Individual sessions
  • Small group sessions
  • (Maximum teacher-student ratio: 1:3)
  • Age range: 7- 16 years

Learners will be assessed based on reports provided by other professionals in combination with reports from the school. Learners will be generally assessed to determine level of current learning abilities before a specific programme is developed and implemented. Our individually tailored programmes means that no two learners will have the same intervention programme. Our programmes are based on both cognitive training skills and formal academic skills. These provide our learners with a sound foundation upon which all complex learning takes place. These programmes are run for periods of 12 – 36 months depending on the educational needs of the learner.

We also provide programme monitoring for learners who have programmes already in place for them. We will assess and monitor programmes and re-assess on a three monthly period.

DYSLEXIA INTERVENTION PROGRAMME
  • Individual sessions
  • Small group sessions
  • (Maximum teacher-student ratio: 1:3)
  • Age range: 5-15 years

We run this programme in conjunction with our CSE Programme. The core deficit in literacy related problems such as dyslexia lies in phonological processing. When phonological skills are impaired, problems in literacy acquisition become apparent. Dyslexia can present itself in combination with other difficulties such as attention deficit and/or hyperactivity disorders (ADD and/or ADHD), dysgraphia, dyscalculia, dyspraxia. Literacy problems might also be on a depper level where comprehension and penmanship skills are affected. These learners are all high functioning (of above average intelligence) and do not face any other difficulties that are non-literacy based. They socialise like others and are able to play appropriately. The most striking characteristic would be their increased ability to carry out hands-on-tasks such as fixing things, learning to play musical instruments by ear, or even excelling in sports.

 

Intervention Method:

We approach these deficits using a multidimensional model. Research supports that this method rather than pure phonics training works best. Even when using phonics to teach reading and spelling, at Sri Rafelsia, we have the expertise to use a combination of phonics approaches – such as analytical phonics, synthetic phonics, systematic phonics, phonics by analogy and phonics by context. The method we choose for a given learner is dependant on the level of cognitive deficits, learning style, age of learner and which method the learner is most responsive to. All these are decided upon completion of thorough cognitive and literacy assessments. We use British standardised tests to achieve this as the Malaysian education system correlates most closely to the British model. We do not run any one specific method as each learner is different and to run only one type of programme does not do justice to all learners. It limits levels of response to intervention (RTI) success.

Our learners work first individually and once a certain level of attainment is reached, they are placed in groups to increase motivation, learning outcomes and enjoyment. Our programmes are interesting and fun for learners because we use a combination of games and formal table work throughout the intervention process. For faster and more positive learning outcomes, learners can opt for the full day programme. After school sessions are also available.

AUDITORY PROCESSING DISORDERS INTERVENTION PROGRAMME
  • Individual sessions
  • Small group sessions
  • (Maximum teacher-student ratio: 1:3)
  • Age range: 5-15 years

Intervention Method:

This intervention programme focuses on training the way auditory information is processed in both quiet and noisy environments. The core deficit in this area lies in the way the brain receives and processes information that is heard. It has nothing to do with being hearing impaired.

A combination approach that employs as many sensory modalities as possible usually works best and seeing as reading often becomes a difficult area, a good proportion of intervention will also focus in that area. Learners with Auditory Processing Disorders (APD) find it difficult to isolate sounds within words and therefore require a structured intervention approach to overcome the difficulties. Language has to be taught in a flexible way using methods of reading by context, analogy and learners are trained in their listening skills. They will be trained to analyse, breakdown and chunk auditory information so that processing becomes easier and more fluent.

Our learners work first individually and once a certain level of attainment is reached, they are placed in groups to increase motivation, learning outcomes and enjoyment. Our programmes are interesting and fun for learners because we use a combination of games and formal work throughout the intervention process.   Learners can opt to attend a full day or hourly sessions.

HYPERLEXIA INTERVENTION PROGRAMME
  • Individual sessions
  • Small group sessions
  • (Maximum teacher-student ratio: 1:3)
  • Age range: 5-15 years

Intervention Method:

Learners with hyperlexia tend to be able to read at levels that are way beyond their chronological age but have poor comprehension of materials read. Herein lies the literacy difficulties of those with hyperlexia. At Sri Rafelsia, we are able to maximise on the learners’ capacity to read and build on their comprehension skills and ability to employ analytical thinking methods to decipher materials at age appropriate levels.

The programme start out with mainly individualised work but as the learner makes progress, they are placed in paired learning groups of two or three learners. A large component of early stages of intervention of hyperlexia involves the use of assistive technology materials. The learners then, generalise their skills with peers and tutors.

Learners are encouraged to attend the full day programme for better outcomes.

THE RAFELSIA EARLY CHILDHOOD INTERVENTION PROGRAMME (TRECI)
  • Mild learning difficulties
  • Small group sessions
  • (Maximum teacher-student ratio: 1:4)
  • Age range: 2.5 years – 6 years

Intervention Method :

TRECIP at Sri Rafelsia is a unique programme for young learners with diverse abilities. Enrichment and early intervention programmes here cater to learners between the ages of 30 months through to six years. The learners will experience a school-like environment where each will progress at their own rate and be prepared to be mainstreamed.

All children are assessed and Individual Educational Plans drawn up and followed in order to maximise learning outcomes. Structured and specific intervention procedures will be employed to ensure that all our learners achieve their highest potentials by overcoming obstacles that caused barriers in their learning. Our learners have the luxury of a highly stimulating environment where exploration through guided play is practiced. The learners are constantly enriched with a good balance of work and play time.

Learning takes place effectively through the utilisation of a multisensory approach. Learners are encouraged to explore the prepared environment and work at their own pace. Learning therapists are constantly extending and providing variation in learning so that continued intellectual development takes place.

This programme runs daily and learners have the opportunity to engage in creative movement through our Junior Dance programme and also develop creativity and confidence through Arts and Crafts.

Many learners have been successfully mainstreamed into private and international schools after 24-36 months on the TRECIP at Sri Rafelsia.

STUDY SKILLS PROGRAMME
  • Initial Screening & Diagnostic tests
  • Individual and small group sessions only
  • Age range: 5 – 16 years

The root causes of high functioning learning difficulties is the variance within the cognitive processing domain. At Sri Rafelsia a combination approach is used to adapt and accommodate the unique learning abilities of our learners. This requires diagnostic and prescriptive teaching approaches designed to expand the learning, and creative opportunities of all learners. Phonological training is carried out where necessary and visual tracking is emphasised to facilitate structured, cumulative and sequential learning.

Explicit teaching is carried in the initial stages of intervention and a multisensory approach is employed through out the programme. All through our programme the focus is on independence in learning, as many learners with specific learning difficulties tend to be highly dependant on teachers.

The first part of the training procedure is the administration of a range of assessments in order to obtain an objective means of measuring a learner’s current abilities. This in turn will help us decide on the best way of helping the learner. Based on the test results, we will then, tailor the programme to focus primarily on the problem areas.

Outcomes

Within an 9 month period, our learners show significant improvements in discrimination, memory, organisation and planning skills. This in turn, leads to improvements in formal literacy and numeracy skills. Our learners are assessed against British and American standardised tests and on going assessments ensure that each learner progresses consistently and academic success is achieved at all levels of learning. Improvements in key areas such as behaviour towards school work, ability to gain better comprehension of texts and effective essay writing skills, better conceptual understanding in numeracy and heightened attention towards details are observed at home and reported by teachers from school.

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PSYCHOMETRIC TESTING & EDUCATIONAL ASSESSMENTS

10- 15% of each student population faces some level of learning difficulties or differences. This is why some students struggle to cope within the mainstream educational environment. This does not mean that they should exit mainstream schooling. Psychometric testing and educational assessments have evolved so much that now, there learners can be identified and accommodations can be made to cater to these students’ learning needs.

The way to identify these needs is by testing for them. Specialist assessments aim to identify the discrepancy between achievement and ability of students against others within their peer group. It differs from school based examinations where students are assessed against their knowledge of the syllabus that has been set out for that specific academic year.

By identifying the specific areas of difficulties faced by students on an individual level, effective learning support and intervention programmes can be put in place. Re-assessment annually will ensure that students with difficulties are progresssing well and achieving goals both on an individual level and against school work.

Psychometric and educational assessments have to be done individually by trained and qualified assessors. Well qualified assessors are able to even advice and facilitate exam access arrangements for the IB and IGCSE examinations.

Assessment & Diagnostic Testing

  • Educational Assessment & Reporting for Specific Learning Difficulties such as dyslexia, dyspraxia, hyperlexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia and other undiagnosed mild learning difficulties
  • Diagnostic testing for the development, re-evaluation & modification of current Individual Education Plans or Individual Learner Plans
  • Achievement testing, reporting, and recommendations for learning support and exam access arrangements (IGCSE, IB etc)

These sessions have to be pre-booked and parents are required to attend the initial session, bringing all reports from other professionals that have been consulted, IEPs, current samples of school work and the learner concerned.

All assessments are individually administered and take between 2 -3 weeks to complete.

This is so that, detailed observations of learner’s behaviour, motivation levels and self esteem can take place, making our testing outcomes more robust and accurate. Formal assessments are based on psychometric tests. These tests enable us to measure a learner’s current levels of functioning across multiple domains. These include current school achievement skills such as reading, comprehension, mathematical computations and spelling; and cognitive domains of intelligence, memory, processing and perceptual skills.

We conduct a range of assessments for learners with specific learning difficulties. The combination of a case history collation, observations and formal assessments are carried out in order to develop an in-depth cognitive profile of the learner. This will ensure that when the intervention protocol is developed, it will be effective and promote the overall development of academic skills.

Learning Support & Alternative Educational Options

Once the assessment and testing has been conducted and a report given, parents can request to consult for available options to address their child’s learning difficulties.

These include the option of after school learning support, and other educational options depending on the learner’s current age and ability levels as derived from the assessment and testing sessions.

Face to face and online options are all available depending on location of the learner and the desired academic goals.

Early Childhood Parenting Skills

Core areas addressed through this course:

  • Self concept
  • Relationships
  • Behavioural Principles
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Parents’ workbook (provided)

Aims :

  • To empower parents with skills to be effective parents and achieve a healthy balance of family and work life
  • To provide skills in managing behaviours in learners in the home environment
  • To promote healthy emotional and social relationships within the family
  • To promote positive behaviour and communication patterns

Duration

5 wks x 5 sessions x 2 hours – Individual couples

Success Stories

  • Our learners have gone on to pursue degrees and others into starting up and managing their own businesses at the oldest age ranges (14-18 years)
  • Younger learners have been continuously re-integrated into mainstream private and international schools after a period of 18 – 24 months of intervention (6-12 years)
  • Our learners cope very well with lessons and homework tasks from school
  • Our learners are able to critically evaluate and problem solve assignments
  • Our learners learnt to make notes and write essays effectively
  • Our learners show marked improvements in memory & concentration skills, verbal communication, music appreciation, gross motor coordination and self confidence