Each student’s Grace Accommodation Plan will outline the best methods of accommodating and modifying curriculum to meet the needs of that student. The GAP may include any of the following services, all offered at GIS. Follow the links below to learn more about each service.
The ESL program at Grace International School provides English language support services to students from families where one or both parents are non-native English speakers. ESL support is provided mainly in the classroom although more individualized support services are often provided outside of the classroom depending on a student’s needs. The goal of our program is to help ESL students develop a level of English proficiency that allows them to function independently at their grade level.
- Interactive Metronome
The Interactive Metronome is a brain-based program developed to directly improve the processing abilities that affect attention, motor planning, and sequencing. It is a computer based program where students are instructed to synchronize various hand and foot exercises to a reference tone heard through headphones. Individuals with motor planning and sequencing difficulties, speech and language delays, sensory disorders, learning disabilities, ADHD, and various cognitive and physical difficulties have benefited from this program which consists of 12-15 one hour sessions.
Students within the Special Needs Department who qualify for this therapy will be put on a waiting list and will be called when time is available. This program is available only as staffing permits.
For more information see www.interactivemetronome.com
- NILD Therapy
The National Institute for Learning Development had developed this program to serve students who have diagnosed learning disabilities. Educational therapy differs from tutoring in that cognitive and perceptual weaknesses are strengthened to support independent learning. This approach is individualized, one-on-one intensive mediated learning. It consists of 80-minute sessions two times per week. The program requires a parental commitment to do the Rhythmic Writing technique (a 15-minute chalkboard exercise) at home on the days they do not see the therapist for consistent, ongoing stimulation for a period of 3-5 years.
- Occupational Therapy
At the present time, Occupational Therapy services are not available at GIS. However, these services are available at the following two centers.
Child Development Center: Mind Brain & Body
Asst. Professor Supaporn Chinchai
(053) 946-041 Mobile: (089) 433-2455
Mr. Vasan Patisen (Kru Ton)
(053) 443-098 Mobile: (086) 919-9879
Special Child Center
The cost for an evaluation is usually 500-1,000 baht and takes about one hour. If OT services are recommended, it would be two one-hour sessions per week at approximately 450 baht per session.
The OTs at RAM and Mind Brain & Body are specially trained in Sensory Integration Therapy to strengthen perceptual modalities for learning. GIS has excellent working relationships with both centers and students receiving therapy have shown great gains in school performance.
- Search & Teach
Search & Teach is an early-intervention program for children ages 5-7 designed to identify learning difficulties and to prevent learning failure and its emotional consequences. It targets students with perceptual weaknesses in visual and/or auditory processing, or who have difficulty with gross and/or fine motor activities. These problems can cause the child to experience delays in learning to read, which can lead to loss of self esteem and low interest in school. Search & Teach identifies and directly stimulates the deficit areas early in a child’s school career so that he or she can be on the road to becoming an independent and successful learner.
The Special Needs Department provides the Search screening for all kindergarten and newly enrolled first grade students at the beginning of the school year. This is not an IQ test or academic achievement test. It is a perceptual screening tool to help us to see how well your child will be able to absorb the information presented in the classroom and process it for the task of reading. The students find the activities of the test to be fun.
Teach is the instructional plan personally designed for each child to help strengthen any weak areas that have been identified. Where staffing and schedule permit, one of our Special Needs Staff will meet with your child for 30 minutes for one-on-one or small group instruction on the specified days.
It will be a one-on-one assessment with a member of the SND staff and will take approximately 30 minutes. A written report will be sent home to you. If your child is found to have a potential vulnerability and qualifies for the Teach program, then a conference will be set up to explain in greater detail what has been identified and what can be implemented to assist them to be a successful learner.
For more information visit www.searchandteach.com
- Special Education
Special Education services at Grace International School are designed to develop the educational potential of students with disabilities or learning needs. The large majority of our students are mainstreamed into the regular classroom setting. The teaching staff at GIS receives support from the Special Needs Department in order to provide appropriate education for each student.
As needed, students served by the Special Needs Department have a Grace Accommodation Plan (GAP) to communicate their needs to the classroom teacher. This plan enables our staff to utilize the best methods of accommodating and modifying curriculum within the mainstream or resource classroom.
Depending on available personnel Special Education Services may include:
- Grace Accommodation Plan (GAP) documentation
- In-class support by Special Educators as needed
- Resource classes taught by a Special Educator for secondary students
- Resource pullout by a Special Educator for elementary students
- Weekly and/or Quarterly Reports sent to parents as needed
- Academic assessments and diagnostic testing
Collaborating with parents, SND, classroom teachers, and outside professionals to provide the best care plan for the individual student.
- Speech Therapy
At GIS, we offer a wide variety of speech and language services to meet the needs of our students. Our goal is to help our students improve their speech, language, and communication skills so they can achieve their best academically and socially.
The speech-language pathologist’s role may include:
- classroom observations and formal evaluations to learn why a student may be struggling in the learning environment
- implementing individual and/or group therapy for students with identified needs
- working with small groups within the classroom
- assisting classroom teachers in meeting the students’ needs in the classroom
- collaborating with parents, SND, classroom teachers, and outside professionals to provide the best care plan for the individual student
Both elementary and secondary students are served by GIS speech and language therapists in areas such as:
- fluency (stuttering)
- language disorder/delay
- auditory and language processing difficulties
- autism spectrum disorders/social communication
- apraxia/oral motor difficulties
- annual hearing screenings
- cognitive skills (memory, listening, organization)
Visagraph is a visual assessment tool used to measure eye movements during reading. Goggles with infrared sensors follow the eyeball movements while a student reads a text. This assessment is used to detect inefficient readers in order to improve poor reading skills. The assessment takes about 5-10 minutes.
- Gifted Program
The gifted program at Grace caters for students who are identified as having been endowed by God with the gift of exceptional academic/intellectual ability; students who perform or show the potential to perform at a remarkably high level of achievement and/or creativity.
Gifted students from Grades 2-6 are invited to join a pull out program known as Bright Sparks. At Middle School level, provision for gifted students includes the international Future Problem Solving program. Other forms of differentiation such as acceleration, enrichment and mentoring are also available.