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PROGRAMMES

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

Learners will be informally assessed based on reports provided by other professionals in combination with reports from the school. Learners will be formally 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. The intervention will have a subject specific focus.

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.

NEW in 2020, We now offer an ONLINE option for learners above the age of 12 years.

DYSLEXIA INTERVENTION PROGRAMME
  • Individual /Group / ONLINE sessions
  • (Maximum teacher-student ratio: 1:3)
  • Age range: 5yrs – adults

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 deeper 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 socialize like others and are able to communicate 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.

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 dependent 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 standardized 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 can 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.

NEW in 2020 is our ONLINE  sessions option for learners aged 12 years – ADULTS.

AUDITORY PROCESSING DISORDERS INTERVENTION PROGRAMME
  • Individual sessions
  • Age range: 5-15 years

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 can be 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.

NEW in 2020 is our ONLINE sessions option for learners 12 years – ADULTS

HYPERLEXIA INTERVENTION PROGRAMME
  • Individual session
  • Face to face; ONLINE
  • Age range: 5-15 years

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. Further, they show difficulties in understanding social cues and “the other person’s perspective”. This makes analytical work extremely challenging.

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.

While face to face sessions are high recommended, in 2020, we now offer and ONLINE option.

MENTORING & COACHING
  • Mild Emotional & Behavioural Issues (Exam stress, Peer Pressure Management, Anxiety and Self -Identity Management; Cyber bullying; Bullying at school)
  • Age range: 10 – 18 years

Method

Stress is a normal part of day to day living. Children and teenagers feel it too. Mental health is becoming an increasingly talked about issue. In order to raise healthy & intelligent children, parents must understand that this balance is dependent on the child’s ability to manage the stresses of growing up and exploring their self identity in the teenage years.  In the gadget era, few families spend quality time together talking. Parents are busy at work and the children are entertaining themselves online.

We employ an active intervention method using Growth Mindset principles and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy tools to help children and teens to address their difficulties in a positive and tangible way.

NEW in 2020, and ONLINE option is available for teenagers.

 

STUDY SKILLS PROGRAMME
  • Initial Screening & Diagnostic tests
  • Individual & ONLINE sessions only
  • Age range: 5- ADULTS

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 standardized 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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New in 2020, in our ONLINE option for learners aged 12 years and above.

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