The Learning Support Department at MNS Dhahran was generated from the following:
- Updated universal regulations that protect the rights of individuals with learning difficulties.
- They are to be educated with their “typical developing” peers in the general education
- Classroom to the “maximum extent that is appropriate”.
- Updated universal standards which are built on evidence-based- research and best practices.
- All students are valued equally, regardless of their abilities.
- All students with learning difficulties have full and equal access to the curriculum in an inclusive environment.
The purpose of the Learning Support Department is to provide high- quality, engaging learning environments, individualised support interventions, and inclusive educational programs, which are built on evidence-based research and best practices. This is to empower students with learning difficulties and help them in reaching their full academic, social/emotional, and behavioural potential in order to function independently in the regular classroom and to become productive members in their society.
The Learning Support Team consists of a group of certified, highly experienced, qualified, and well-trained learning specialists, teachers, and assistants who work collaboratively with parents, home/subject teachers, and community professionals to meet these students’ individual needs and to craft the first stone in their brighter future.
Learning Support Staff are committed to providing high-quality services that meet unique, tailored needs.
These services are as follows:
- Academic support in the major areas (e.g. English and Math)
- Provide a specialised English as an Additional Language programme and intervention (EAL) for students who have limited English proficiency.
- Develop, implement, and evaluate students’ Individual Education Plan (IEP)
- Simplifying/modifying curriculum into more accessible formats
- Implementing instructional strategies that are founded upon Applied Behaviour Analysis (e.g. chaining, shaping, task analysis, etc.)
- Using technology in teaching course content (e.g. ipad, computer, and interactive board)
- In and out classroom academic, social, emotional and behaviour support
- 1:1 and small group instructions
- Helping students access the curriculum at an adequate level of support that meets their needs
- Monitoring/tracking student’s progress on a daily basis
- Managing student challenging behaviours that are founded in Functional Behaviour
- Assessment (FBA) and Behaviour Intervention Plan (BIP)
- Stress and anger management strategies
- Increasing student self-efficacy by using Bandura’s theory
- Improving student well-being and self-esteem
Assessment specialist assesses students’ performance by using standardized assessments (e.g., WellComm, The British Picture Vocabulary Scale, CAT 4, York of Reading, Suffolk Reading Scale 2, Sandwell Early Numeracy, Single Word Spelling, etc.), reports, in/out classroom observations, and work samples to identify the strengths, needs, and learning style of these students. Developing the student’s Individual Education Plan (IEP) which is designed to meet the unique needs of a child in order to maximise the benefits of their his/her educational programme.