As a parent with a special needs child, finding the right school can be difficult without first knowing what the demands on your child will be. Not only is it important to find out the level of support that can available for your child, understanding your child's abilities can also help to make the decision-making process easier as your child learns best when the environment can be suited to his/her learning needs and abilities.
Here are some criteria psychologists look at when recommending your child's educational school placement:
Cognitive skills - refers to one's learning abilities e.g. the ability to think, concentrate, formulate ideas, reason and remember according to the national school curriculum (with teacher-student ration of 1:30-40)
Adaptive skills - refers to the ability to handle daily demands in life e.g. self-care skills (bathing, dressing, feeding, grooming), communication skills, listening skills (following instructions)
Additionally, your child should only require some additional support in school in one or two areas due to Special Educational Needs (SEN) such as having the support of an Allied Educator to help your child integrate into the regular school environment.
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