Programmatic Details

Our courses have been categorised into Basic, Intermediate and Advanced, based on the different engagement needs of the children. These courses are suitable for children of all age groups with special learning needs, including, but not limited to, children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down Syndrome, ADHD and Specific Learning Disabilities, amongst others. The specific objectives, delivery and goals for each of the courses are detailed below.

Basic

Duration : 1 month

Sessions : 10
Frequency : 3 times a week

Batches starting from July 2021

Objectives:

  • To build familiarity with the device and the online format.
  • To build a routine and learning structure for the child through a virtual medium.
  • To create a buddy learning space with the parent/caregiver.
  • To understand the unique needs of each child, and translate them into therapeutic art based interventions for longer engagements.
  • To help children with special needs to access learning and therapeutic milestones using artistic and virtual tools.  
  • To get accustomed to the online format of learning as well as the use of an array of art forms to achieve certain therapeutic goals for optimum development. 

Implementation:

  • École இllam- Basic is a 10-session module. Sessions take place three times a week to slowly build the stamina for longer engagements.
  • The small size of each batch allows individual attention to accomplish one-on-one and group goals set. 
  • Sessions will be conducted through blended learning using various artistic forms – music, storytelling, movement, voice and songs. 
  • The sessions are designed to  enhance functionality in various domains of development such as cognition, speech and language, motor, sensory and social. 
  • Parent study circles and support group sessions will be facilitated by our team of practitioners.

Outcomes:

  • Adjustment to the novel online learning environment.
  • Sitting tolerance and enhancement in the attention system.
  • Meaningful engagement with a virtual medium.
  • Learning certain social domain goals such as turn-taking, listening skills, maintaining eye contact in a group setting. 
  • Familiarisation with artistic tools  to build verbal and non-verbal communication. 
  • Unique home learning environment with the parent and facilitator in tandem.
  • Opportunity to discover new hobbies and hidden artistic talents.

Intermediate

Duration : 3 months

Sessions : 30
Frequency : 3 times a week

Batches starting from July 2021

Objectives:

  • To realise progressive-short and long term goals in therapy and learning using Arts as a medium across the developmental domains of learning, memory, and cognition.
  • To work with metrics to achieve and track progress of the children with respect to one-on-one and group goals identified.  
  • To enhance voluntary participation and increase responses during the sessions.
  • To work on communication and language- Receptive language and expressive language for verbal and non-verbal children.
  • To build a creative vocabulary of self-expression through the Arts. 

Implementation:

  • École இllam- Intermediate is a 30-session 3 module programme where facilitators will design the sessions and determine goals based on the needs of the child and the group.
  • The small size of each batch over a period of 3 months allows individual attention to accomplish one-on-one and group goals set.
  • Sessions will be conducted through an online blended learning format using various artistic forms – music, storytelling, movement, voice, and songs.
  • Theme based design for the 3 months allows assessment and evaluation of progress made by the child.
  • Parent study circle twice a week to create parent learning and support communities
  • The primary domains that will be worked with during the three months are:
    • Motor – Fine Motor, Gross Motor, Oro motor
    • Attention
    • Cognitive
    • Group interaction – cooperation, assertion, impulse control
    • Narrative Capability- vocalisation and expressive capability

Outcomes:

  • With the therapeutic use of visual arts, drama, sound and voice, dance and movement, emerges a more nuanced vocabulary for communication which erases differentiation of words, cognition, and movement between mainstream and special needs populations.
  • A daily learning routine for the child with tasks and activities.
  • Enhanced development of language and scientific concepts- comprehension, composition, and application.
  • Enhanced parental involvement in this format creates a holistic and sustainable learning outcome across domains.
  • Preparing the children for learning in varied settings.

Intermediate Batch (2021-22)

The école இllam programme has completed 12 successful batches since its inception in September 2020. After going through Level 1, 2 and 3 with the Intermediate programme, we are geared up to start the Level 4 Intermediate programme from 5th July 2021!

The Intermediate Level 4 programme of école இllam will focus on working with three folk stories from different geographical parts of the country. They will be the anchors to address the group and individual goals for the children. They will be introduced in subsequent modules with a progressive goal structure in mind. The intent behind introducing three folk stories is to ensure that the children are challenged every step of the way and would like them to explore new worlds that will allow them to expand their creativity and knowledge base. The folk stories would also lay the ground for learning about geographies, environment and historical events through creative means. It would also invite variety within the programme and allow us to gauge how well they are able to relate and respond to the sessions as a whole.

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