Khun Ploypailin Jensen Opens ISB’S New Intensive Learning Needs Program
On February 28th the International School Bangkok ( ISB) launched their Intensive Learning Needs classroom. The launch was presided over by honored guest Khun Ploypailin Jensen, Granddaughter to His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej, and was attended by Dr Payom Chinnawong, the Secretary General of Office of the Private Education Commission from the Ministry of Education, South African Ambassador Geoffrey Doidge, and members from various embassies and chambers of commerce and various schools in the Bangkok
The Intensive Learning Needs program at ISB serves to be a model of inclusion for international schools in Thailand and around the world. It will provide a highly individualized curriculum for children with a diagnosed developmental or intellectual disability ( eg. Global development delay, Autism, Down’s Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy) focusing on functional academics and life skills, also allowing for integration with typically developing peers at ISB. They will have the opportunity to learn with a highly trained special education teacher, receiving the range of occupational and speech therapy ser- vices they need, all within the vibrant international school setting of ISB.
“[ This initiative] will show other schools around the world that all children can and should be educated in an inclusive setting. We can make a difference, not just at our school, but for all international schools, once they realize what is possible,” said Lori Boll, special education teacher at ISB.
The event, which was catered by Steps with Theera, a coffee shop and vocational training center which supports young adults with special education needs transition to sustainable employment opportunities, provided guests with more information about their program and allowed the opportunity to view the new purposebuilt classroom. This first classroom will cater for 6 elementary school students and will be taught by Lori Boll. Lori has extensive experience as a special education teacher and was the founder of a special education school in Shanghai, China, prior to moving to Bangkok. In coming years, ISB will open a Middle School and High School classroom, taking students from Prekindergarten through graduation.