Special Education at TLC began because of a conviction that every child has incredible potential, and that the learning environment has a responsibility to fulfill it.
Our Inclusion Program creates a unique learning opportunity for children with special needs through their integration into a general education classroom and curriculum alongside their peers and a regular teacher. This learning experience is centered on providing individualized activities, accommodations, and modifications needed to help students learn and participate in meaningful ways. Students with special needs are assisted and guided by a special education teacher inside the regular classroom. The special education teacher-student ratio is 1:3, to ensure that they will receive the proper attention and guidance in the classroom. Our children in the inclusion program are accepted and cared for by their classmates and their teachers. The inclusion program benefits both the children in and out of the program, teaching them uniqueness, kindness, compassion, and peace.
In collaboration with the child’s parents and/or guardians, the special education teacher designs an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) to contour the student’s learning experience according to his/her needs. The IEP is executed as an evolving, co-designed, student-centered program, most effective with follow-through in the home. We encourage the support from the parents in ensuring a holistic development for the child in collaboration with the Developmental Pediatrician, Occupational Therapist, Speech-Language Pathologist, and other allied professionals who are part of the IEP team.
Students part of the Inclusion Program are given an IEP aligned to the general education curriculum, and focuses on the following:
- Behavior (General Classroom Behavior, Attention Span, Sitting Span, Frustration Tolerance)
- Functional Communication (Receptive Skills and Expressive Skills)
- Psychosocial Skills
- Psychomotor Skills (Gross Motor Skills and Fine Motor Skills)
- Self-Help Skills
- Cognitive Skills (Modified Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Filipino)
The home-school connection is of prime importance for the success of the Special Education Program, and to build this, we have established systems such as daily communication with parents, suggested complementary home interventions, parent-teacher conferences, communication notes, and progress reports.
Placement for this Special Education – Inclusion Program is based upon the recommendation of the child’s Developmental Pediatrician and findings after the Initial Assessment at the School. In the Admissions process, necessary documents are needed from the parents such as the Developmental Pediatrician’s report, previous school’s progress report, and therapists’ reports. The Initial Assessment is followed by a parent-teacher conference to discuss a plan for the incoming student.