Khun Ploy­pailin Jensen Opens ISB’S New In­ten­sive Learn­ing Needs Pro­gram

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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.

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