Department of Special Education

APL believes that it is crucial to understand that all children learn and grow differently. The school aims to provide learning environments that are both self-paced and process-oriented.  

The school creates an environment that allows for personalised learning experiences that extends to all members of the school irrespective of age, abilities and backgrounds. The idea behind personalized education is to keep in mind every individual’s capabilities while nurturing the same within a larger community, providing life-enriching skills. With the help of an access-friendly campus, the school aims at participation of the whole school citizenry in various school activities, to foster a sense of oneness.  

Special educators, teachers, occupational therapists and counselors provide a support system that compliments each other’s skill sets and help in translating ideas into an action plan. Individual sessions, small group sessions, shadow teaching, and advanced studies in specific subjects are some ways in which services are extended. All staff members work towards a process whereby students become self-motivated, process- oriented individuals who are getting ready to face the challenges of work, life and citizenship in a global society.

Occupational Therapy : The primary role of occupational therapists is to assist and engage students in occupations that are purposeful, significant, and important to them enabling them to participate in daily life activities, as a basis for their health, well being, safety, and quality of life. This includes: activities of daily living, education, pre-vocational activities, play, leisure, and social participation. 

Support Staff: Support staff are assigned to students with physical needs, high sensory, or behavior needs. They support students in terms of helping with daily living skills, transition between classes, and/or mobility within the school campus.

Creative Expressions : Meraki or the Centre for Creative Expressions offers a programme, which is made for the ‘creator’ in every child and not just the ‘artistically exceptional.’ It integrates visual arts, music and movement as important forms of language and expression, that is not restricted to verbal and written language. 

Support at each level of school

At the Kindergarten level , the special educator works as a co-mentor. The co-mentor and the mentor work on lesson plans to enable differentiation in the classroom. Small group sessions are conducted to focus on specific developmental areas. The Occupational Therapists work closely with Special-Education Coordinators in coming up with individualised plans for students.

In addition to the process mentioned at the kindergarten level, at the Primary level, special educators work with students focussing on functional development areas to aid learning. Students have individualised plans with a focus on ‘identified developmental domains’. Occupational therapy and Creative Expressions are also offered to students who would benefit from individualised plans. 

At the Lower Secondary level, students get prepared to move into senior school. The stream for secondary level exams are chosen based on the students’ strengths and abilities. The Special Education department, Occupational Therapists and General Ed teachers, in consultation with the student and the parent, arrive at a plan for the student. 

At the Senior School level, the two curriculums – IGCSE and NIOS prepare students to take on further challenges as adolescents and young adults. The support offered at this level ranges from remedial interventions, study skills, and assessments to understanding the personalisation required in exam arrangements, for the student to be able to receive recognition for their attainment.  Exam arrangements include the use of a scribe, Word Processor or extra time. The purpose is to remove any barriers to the standard assessment, without compromising the standards being tested. 

In the pipeline and still in its nascent stages, the Gifted and Talented program would allow students to take up projects or work on a higher grade level curriculum depending on their areas of interest and their long term goals.