Clinic Updates

occupational therapy

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 Alexandrea Wiegand (our 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.