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As part of our commitment for continuous improvement we have been analyzing our yearly planning and have decided to change our current term and scheduling structures.

Increase in session length

From the Early Autumn Term, beginning 31 August, we will be increasing the length of your child’s session by 5 minutes for every hour of ABA.

Annual planning

The above change will help us have more defined annual planning, with closure periods and training days that will be planned up to a year in advance.

Most significantly, we are changing the number of days in a term from 39 to 36 days and in order to make three important changes to the structure of our academic year:

  1. We will be closing for 2 weeks at the end of the calendar year, in line with the closure of international schools.

  2. We will be closing for two weeks in the summer.

  3. We will have additional days to train our staff.

The increase in the duration of your child’s therapy session compensates for any therapy time lost by the reduction of the number of days in each term. In other words, the 3 fewer days in each term results in no loss of therapy time for your child.

Primary and Secondary Therapist per Child

In addition, one of the improvement initiatives Katie (our Interim Clinic Director) has designed is a system of assigning only 2 Therapists at any one time to work with your child.

This system will ensure greater quality of ABA program implementation by the therapists who work with your child, because each Therapist will be focusing the ABA programs of only 2 children.

The Clinic Director and Supervisors will appoint a Primary and Secondary Therapist for each child, according to the following:

  • Primary Therapist: Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday

  • Secondary Therapist: Monday, Wednesday

Environment Changes

Furthermore, starting next term, each child will have a designated work station, where each child will be  assigned their own desk, and their teaching materials will be permanently located at their station.  We are also grouping more than one child’s work station in each room. The exception will be for situations where the child is not yet at the level required for sharing the learning environment.

The designated stations reduce the setup time and ensure greater attention to the tools and environment that best suit each child.  Putting 2-3 children to a room is an effective way to allow them to learn in a more natural environment, to simulate a classroom environment, and to identify skills to target mastering for the child to be able to tolerate being in a group or classroom environment. The children will still be working 1:1 with their Therapist.

Katie’s Departure

Please note that our Interim Clinic Director, Katie Kavanaugh, has completed her 3 months at Think. We are extremely grateful for the contributions she had made to Think. She has helped to define and refine many of our clinical processes and provided extensive training for the entire clinical team.

Terms and closures dates

Term

Dates

Early Autumn Term      31 August 2016 to 31 October 2016
Late Autumn Term     2 November 2016 to 8 January 2017
Winter Term  10 January 2017 to 1 March 2017
Early Spring Term    5 March 2017 to 24 April 2017
Late Spring Term 26 April 2017 to 18 June 2017
Summer Term 1 20 June 2017 to 20 July 2017
Summer Term 2 6 August 2017 to 29 August 2017

Note, other than the summer break, the below table contains clinic closure dates until the end of 2016 only.

In addition, public holidays’ dates may change as they are subject to official government announcement.

Reason for closure

Dates

Training day 11 September 2016
Eid El Adha 12 to 14 September 2016
Training day 15 September 2016
Islamic New Year 2 October 2016
Ashoora 10 to 11 October 2016
Training day 1 November 2016
Prophet’s Birthday 11 December 2016
Winter break 18 to 31 December 2016
New Year 1 January 2017
Summer break 23 July to 3 August 2017