Special Needs Department
The objective of the Multinational School’s Special Needs Department is to enable students to function as meaningfully and as independently as possible in the community.
The Multinational School has a Special Needs Program that caters for a wide range of disabilities. The primary aim of this program is to focus on the development of both academic and physical aspects of their students.
Upon assessment, an Individual Education Plan (IEP) for each pupil is created by the Department’s staff in consultation with parents. Individual Education Plans contain goals and strategies designed to meet the requirements set out in the key learning areas of the student’s schedule. Plans are reviewed twice yearly and parents are invited to attend meetings with staff when reviews are underway. The department believes in a parent/teacher collaborative approach and parents are encouraged to make an appointment for informal discussions regarding their child’s progress throughout the academic year.
The Special Needs program offered is based on the Treatment and Education of Autistic and related Communication Handicapped Children framework (TEACCH) that presents a very structured curriculum. This curriculum is modulated and differentiated to meet the individual needs of each student.
Currently the Special Needs Department operates with three different levels of students which is:
- High Dependency
- Medium Dependency
- Low Dependency
These different levels were created to reflect the degree of support required by each student, and staff ratios have been set accordingly. In addition, the Special Needs Department considers close liaison with members of staff throughout the school a necessity. Special Needs students are integrated into age equivalent mainstream classes for a variety of subjects such as Swimming, PE, Art and Integrated Studies.