Last week was a very exciting week for us as Hilary, Farhan, Marina and Amanda were a part of the International Workshop of Special Needs Education 2011, organised by the University of Malaya. Hilary was also one of the speakers, with her presentation entitled â€˜Language: An Important Key in the Learning of Mathematicsâ€™.
Itâ€™s great that this workshop had taken place in Malaysia, allowing professionals and researchers from the field to network, learn from each other and share ideas. Itâ€™s also a good way to keep abreast of the emerging research and techniques.
Weâ€™re looking forward to having our own sharing sessions at Hils and see how we can put some of our newly found knowledge into practice!
At Hils, our approach has always been to address the individual childâ€™s needs. Our teaching methods, learning environment and interaction with the children all cater towards this. Weâ€™ve often been told that Hils is just…Â different. This isnâ€™t entirely surprising, since weâ€™re here to help children who themselves, learn differently!
At our very first Homeschooling Parent Support Group Meeting last week, one of the things that the parents had discussed was â€˜Why Hils is Differentâ€™.
Here are some of the things that were said:
â€˜Kids are happy to come, learning becomes FUN! Hils has the awareness, understanding and empathy.â€™
â€˜Individual learning is a gift. It can reinforce a childâ€™s confidence.â€™
â€˜Understanding that children have their own strengths, which are not sometimes demonstrated in a standard classroom situation.â€™
â€˜Learning through play.â€™
â€˜No fear- for parents and children.â€™
â€˜Quiet environment with no distractions aids concentration.â€™
â€˜Hils looks for the cause of the problem and helps rather than merely overloading the child with information they cannot cope with.â€™
â€˜Specially taught tutors who can understand how the childâ€™s mind works. The teachers have more time to concentrate on the child.â€™
â€˜Thinking outside the box- looking at other issues in relation to learning.â€™
Published this year Philip Schultz’s personal journey with Dyslexia is a must read for any parent or teacher of a child with a learning difficulty. This short book captures the essence of learning differently and the effects that has on the individual. In Philip’s words,
“I never meant to be annoying, forgetful, delayed, overwhelmed, and dumb-sounding and -looking. I never wanted to be made fun of or anger my teachers or keep an entire class late because I didn’t understand a concept. But that’s what often happened as a consequence of my learning disability.”
A thought provoking read.