Tar­get­ing in­di­vid­ual chil­dren’s needs in the class­room

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THE range of in­di­vid­ual learn­ing needs within any school can be quite di­verse, and St John’s School is no ex­cep­tion.

What is ex­cep­tional, how­ever, is how for­tu­nate the school is to have the reg­u­lar as­sis­tance of vis­it­ing ex­perts to help ad­dress their stu­dents’ learn­ing needs.

Every eight weeks Sue De Silva (Learn­ing Di­ver­sity Con­sul­tant), Arti Shah (Speech Pathol­o­gist) and Deirdre Spence (Psy­chol­o­gist) meet with class­room teach­ers to tar­get in­di­vid­ual chil­dren’s needs.

It is dur­ing th­ese meet­ings that achieve­ments and chal­lenges are shared, data is an­a­lysed, al­lied case re­ports are read and strate­gies for the way for­ward are for­mu­lated.

When you add weekly psy­chol­o­gist and oc­cu­pa­tional ther­apy ses­sions for chil­dren in need, it would ap­pear that St John’s School is ad­dress­ing the chal­lenge learn­ing can present to some stu­dents in a va­ri­ety of spe­cific and suc­cess­ful ways.

VALU­ABLE EX­PER­TISE: Deirdre Spence, Sue De Silva and Arti Shah meet with St John’s staff to help teach­ers cater to the needs of stu­dents.

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