There have been many strategies established by the association to enhance the learning experience, for example; building an attractive learning environment, reinforce and increasing good behaviors, offering Assistive Technology and extra curriculum activities for the students and finally dividing the class into sections to serve different purposes such as individual sessions, group learning, and games. All of these strategies work together to upgrade people of determination skills and abilities.
- HELP (Hawaii Early Learning Profile)
The assessment includes evaluating all the developmental areas such as: sensory skills, cognitive skills, fine and gross motor skills, personal care abilities, social and emotional skills, and it also includes a booklet for the manual and extra activities.
- Bavarian curricula
This curriculum was designed by a German instructor from an area called Bavaria, the curriculum was under intensive testing for five years, then it was modified and extra ideas and recommendations from parents, instructors, and psychologists were added, currently, the curriculum is divided into three sections which are:
- Developmental Learning
- Basic Subjects Skills
- Secondary Subjects Skills
The curriculum aims to motivate instructors into thinking creatively about the ways of teaching that suit each learner’s abilities and way of learning, this forces instructors to think out of the box and figure out as many learning goals as possible that could aid the learning process. The teaching process is very diverse, it includes direct verbal guidance, discussion and conversation, stimulation and modeling, playing, physical education, role play, and act, as well as individual and group sessions. Moreover, extra curriculum activities are very crucial to help enhance the learning experience by allowing the learners to use all their senses such as visual and hearing in the process of learning, an example of extra curriculum activities are trips, conventions, and modern technology.
Special Education and Behavior Modification Sessions:
The association accepts all students with Down syndrome that are part of the educational inclusion plan, and it offers services to them; individual sessions and behavior modification Sessions. Moreover, the association helps find and explain a better educational plan with the school that student is involved in. Finally, the association provides support for the student’s family.
All beneficiaries that are in the Educational Rehabilitation Classes go through a comprehensive assessment that evaluates their developmental levels. Along with the assessment, the association in collaboration with the family builds an Educational Individual Plan (EIP) and therapeutic plan that will determine the student’s needs and strengths, the association makes sure to follow up with the family and make sure the family is working on these needs or making progress. Furthermore, the working crew of experts individually work on making a plan that is suitable for the beneficiary to help him/her train and learn to improve him/her abilities.
The current used Tests and Assessments:
- Stanford- Binet- intelligence quotient (IQ test)
- Childhood Autism Rating Scale (CARS)
- The Social Maturity Scale (Vineland)
- Children’s Attention and Compatibility Scale (ADHD)