Student Support Services (S3)

Formerly Known as SEN
 

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What are Student Support Services?

As a part of learning at AAS, our school is fortunate to offer a wide range of services to support students based on their age and development needs. The Student Support Services (S3) Department provides learning experiences and opportunities that support students' academic and behavioral needs including English as an Additional Language, Learning Support, Occupational Therapy, and Speech and Language

 

Who Do We Support?

At AAS we are able to meet mild to moderate needs of students who require additional learning assistance, as defined by our board policy. Our team of professional educators work together to recognize academic and behavioral differences early in a student’s development. When a student is identified by their teachers as potentially being in need of support services or parents share challenges their children may be having, a referral may be made directly to the grade level counselor. At AAS, we utilize best practices and current research to guide our approaches to assessments and the development of learning plans based on individual student needs. It should be noted, however, that as an independent overseas school, AAS does not offer full special education programming as prescribed by the laws for public schools in the United States, United Kingdom or Canada.

English as an Additional Language (EAL)

 

teacher working with a student learning english

 

AAS provides our learning experiences through the English language. In order for students to successfully access this learning, English language is critical. However, AAS does provide measured support for English language acquisition, the level of which depends upon the age and grade level of the student. Current educational research indicates that EAL support can span between 5 to 7 years for students who are first entering a new language of acquisition in order to become successful in a target academic language. English as an Additional Language (EAL) at AAS is a fee-based program that provides support to students in the area of English language acquisition. Students receive direct instruction and in-class support in the four core language domains of Reading, Writing, Speaking, and Listening. Using the World- Class Instructional Design and Assessment (WIDA) Can-Do Descriptors, students chart their English-learning process on a continuum that moves from beginning to native-like speakers and users of the English language. Based on their proficiency in each domain, students are guided by S3 teachers to set annual language goals for themselves which they work toward achieving each year. Students’ levels of English acquisition are assessed each year and recommendations for continued enrollment in the EAL program are made based on a review of student performance, including assessment results, in-class achievement, and teacher recommendations. When students are identified for EAL support, it is because this support is integral and necessary in order for the student to be successful in their learning. These services are not optional.

Services Provided Cost of Service
English as an Additional Language (EAL)
  • Pull out support in small groups and/or push in support in class based on recommendation from formal assessments and teacher recommendations
  • Annual reassessment
  • Regular reporting of student’s progress in EAL program
$2,000 per student per year

Learning Support (LS)

Learning Support (LS) at AAS supports the needs of students with identified learning, behavioral, and/or social-emotional disabilities that impact their ability to access the grade level curriculum or to achieve to the best of their ability. Common needs that are supported through LS include: Specific Disabilities in Reading, Writing and/or Math, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), high functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder, Dyslexia, and Hearing Impairment. S3 teachers at AAS are equipped to provide targeted support to students with mild to moderate needs. In general, students requiring modification of the grade level curriculum or learning experiences are unable to be enrolled at AAS. All students receiving Learning Support will have their needs formally documented in a Student Support Plan (which lists accommodations that each student requires) or an Individualized Learning Plan (which lists accommodations and annual goals that a student is working towards). When students are identified for LS, it is because this support is integral and necessary in order for the student to be successful in their learning. These services are not optional.

Services Provided Cost of Service
Learning Support (LS)
  • A Student Support Plan or an Individualized Learning Plan
  • Reading Support
  • Writing Support
  • Math Support

No Cost To Parents

teacher working with a student with learning difficulties

 

Occupational Therapy (OT)

Occupational Therapy (OT) at AAS is founded on the principles of Sensory Integration (SI) and sensory development. Supported by consultant Dr. Melanne Maddalene Randall, who is based in London, these experiences focus on identifying and supporting the needs of students with underlying sensory challenges that interfere with or challenge their learning and/or social-emotional development. Students enrolled in this fee-based program engage in regular individual or small-group therapy sessions in the OT Gym with a trained OT therapist and instructional assistants. Activities involve the use of swings, trampolines, obstacle courses, a ball pit, and much more, seeking to strengthen students’ gross and fine motor skills and develop underlying sensory systems. When students are identified for OT learning support, it is because this support is integral and necessary in order for the student to be successful in their learning. These services are not optional.

The Occupational Therapy program also supports our teachers in providing sensory rich classrooms to address diverse learning needs.

Occupational Therapy (OT) FAQs

Services Provided Cost of Service
Occupational Therapy (OT)
  • One or two 45 min. weekly individual therapy sessions with one of our OT specialists, based on recommendation from formal evaluation. (Therapy sessions may be offered during the school day, before, or in some cases after school.)
  • Required school materials such as putty, seat cushions, pencil grips, etc.
  • Creation of a home support plan
  • Regular reporting of student’s progress in the OT program
$2,000 per student per year

Initial OT Assessments (parent feedback session included)

$500 per student one time

OT Re-Assessment (parent feedback session included)

$250 per student per year
therapist working with students with motor physical difficulties

 

Speech & Language (SL)

A Speech & Language (S&L) pathologist and assistants are a part of the S3 team to help identify and provide services to children who may have communication difficulties which could interfere with their learning or development of their social skills. This fee based S&L program focuses on aspects of the child’s communication that would be considered to include their ability to understand others (receptive language), express themselves with words and/or gestures (expressive language) and use written language as a school tool (pragmatics). Also a part of these services include articulation of speech sounds, rate of speech, vocal quality and fluency. The S&L team also supports students with social pragmatic skills. When students are identified for S&L services, it is because this support is integral and necessary in order for the student to be successful in their learning. These services are not optional.

Services Provided Cost of Service
Speech & Language (S&L)
  • One or two weekly individual therapy sessions with either our speech and language pathologist or one of our speech and language assistants, based on recommendation from formal evaluation
  • Required school materials such as iPad Apps, oral stimulation tools, workbooks, etc.
  • Creation of a home support plan
  • Regular reporting of student’s progress in the Speech & Language program
$1,000 per student per year

Initial S&L Assessments (parent feedback session included)

$250 per student one time

S&L Re-Assessments (parent feedback session included)

$125 per student every three years

 

therapist working with a student with speech and language difficulties

 

Psychology

counselor working with a student with psychological difficulties

 

AAS employs one full-time psychologist specializing in supporting the learning and development for children and adolescents. As needed, the psychologist will provide individualized psycho-educational assessments and consultation to staff and parents to assist with student’s growth and development. The psychologist is also available to provide short-term counseling or emotional support for students in crisis.

Services Provided Cost of Service
Psychology Services
  • Individualized psycho-educational assessments
  • Consultations to parents
  • Short term support for students in crisis

No Cost To Parents

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