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Swimming Therapy

Swimming Therapy

Swimming Therapy

Many children at Leda ESC demonstrate reduced functional mobility, high levels of stress and anxiety, a reduced ability to concentrate and lack of confidence. Many also do not participate in regular physical activity. After much research and discussion with therapists and parents we incorporated swimming into our Community Access program for all of our Junior classes.

Children are supported 1:1 by school staff and three swimming instructors. Activities are structured to ensure maximum participation in a fun, relaxed atmosphere. Swimming is fun and a change of pace from other forms of exercise and therapy.

 

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1,2,3 Magic and Emotion Coaching

1,2,3 Magic and Emotion Coaching

Staff at Leda ESC have been trained to deliver and implement the 123 Magic and Emotion Coaching program. 123 Magic provides us with a whole school strategy for confidently managing student behaviour, while at the same time helping them to learn to make good choices about behaviour for themselves. Some children may still require an Individual Behaviour Management Plan, developed in consultation with parents/caregivers and/or other agencies, that is highly responsive to their needs.

Emotion Coaching is a complimentary strategy to the behaviour management techniques of 123 Magic. Emotion coaching helps us to help children reflect on and identify their emotions and become more competent at managing those emotions. As a result children learn to respond more flexibly to environmental triggers.

We know that the behavioural outbursts of the children we teach often results from their inability to manage or use language. Emotion coaching enables us to recognise situations where we might be able to use empathy to connect with children over difficult emotions, help children to reflect on how they're feeling and learn a language for those emotions. This is the first step toward children being able to track and then better manage their emotions.

Kidsmatter

Kidsmatter

Leda Education Support Centre embraces the KidsMatter initiative accross all classes.

We believe that mental health and wellbeing is vital for learning and life. Children who are mentally healthy are better learners, benefit from life experiences, and have stronger relationships with family members, school staff and peers. They are better equipped to meet life's challenges and to contribute productively to their families, friends and society in ways that are appropriate for their age.

It is not always possible to predict which children will develop mental health difficulties. We need to target all children and a range of needs by teaching skills for emotional wellbeing. We know that school is the most significant development context (after family) for primary school-aged children and believe that mental health programs to be effective in improving students' learning emotional wellbeing.

KidsMatter Primary is a national initiative that aims to contribute to:

  • improving student mental health and wellbeing
  • reducing mental health difficulties among students
  • increasing support for students experiencing mental health difficulties

Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy

At Leda Education Support Centre we work closely with occupational therapists and deliver occupational therapy programs to ensure that our students are able to successfully participate in the activities of every day life.

 

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Applied Behaviour Analysis

Applied Behaviour Analysis

At Leda ESC we have multiple staff members trained to deliver our ABA Program:

Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) is a field of psychology that focuses on applying learning theories to different people and situations. One specific application of these techniques is early, intensive intervention for children with autism.

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Speech

Speech

At Leda ESC we support students’ speech and language skills acquisition with an individualised weekly program that caters to each child’s needs. As an Independent Public School we re-profiled our staffing and have been able to employ a Speech Therapist. Our Therapist undertakes individualised assessments with our students and then tailors plans to suit their needs. We include several components in our Speech and Language Program:

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DI (Direct Instruction)

DI (Direct Instruction)

Students across the Centre engage in regular sessions of Direct Instruction Reading and Spelling. The program is teacher directed and follows a structure incorporating specific steps to guide the students toward clearly defined learning outcomes. The effectiveness of Direct Instruction is supported by substantial research.

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Community Access

Community Access

Our Community Access Programs assist students to achieve their expressed goals, increase independence and become a valued participating member of the community. The programs create opportunities for recreation while enhancing sociability and increasing life skills.

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Life Skills

Life Skills

Students enrolled at Leda ESC undertake a variety of life skills experiences that teach them how to handle problems and situations they might commonly encounter in everyday life. These life skills are acquired both through classroom teaching and by personal experiences that take place in the community.

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Early Intervention

Early Intervention

Our Intensive Early Intervention Program provides:

  • Intensive intervention for Kindergarten and Pre-Primary students with Autism or Global Development Delay.
  • A high ratio of qualified and experienced staff to students.
  • An Individual Education Program (IEP) developed in conjunction with parents for each student.
  • Collaborative processes with therapy based personnel.
  • Access to integration opportunities with mainstream peers.
  • Support with transition to Year 1.

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