Early Education Program
A centre based Early Education Program is in operation at Dandenong Valley School. A special education teacher and an assistant conduct the program with consultancy from a team of other specialists based at the school including speech pathologists, physiotherapist, occupational therapists and music therapists.
Aim of the Early Education Program:
To assist families who have children between the ages of 2.8 years 4.8 years who have specific developmental needs or are developmentally delayed. The aim of this program is to provide help/intervention as early as possible in the child’s life so that all paramedical and educational supports are well in place during the vital formative years.
Nature of the Early Education Program:
This program involves the provision of:
- Assessment, planning, developing and implementing intervention strategies and programs for children with specific developmental needs or developmental delay and their families;
- Support, information and consultation to assist children to access and participate in early childhood settings, such as playgroups, pre-schools, family day care and child care centres;
- Transition support for children moving into the school system including information about the range of school options available and assistance to access the option of their choice.
School Based Program
Children attend the school based program for 1-3 days per week. The program features the use of Picture Exchange, Key Word Sign and other forms of Alternative and Augmented Communication (AAC) to assist the development of the children’s communication skills. Self-help skills (toileting and eating), numeracy, art/craft (drawing, painting, play dough, cut & paste), gross motor and computer skills are all part of the program. There is an emphasis on positive behaviour management and parent support.