Support measures 2018-03-03T09:33:10+00:00

Spelling long words correctly; calculations with numbers greater than a hundred; or comprehension of text-based exercises. These are often enough to make a child feel desperate. If your child appears to be facing such a problem, our therapists, school doctors and curative educators will be there to help – in close cooperation with the school psychological services. So that your child can approach life confidently despite any difficulties.

Support measures

Speech therapy is an art therapy, which works with vocals, syllables, words, texts and rhythmical verses. The exercises are often accompanied by skipping, pacing and ball games. It is used to treat difficulties with speech or writing. An individual session usually lasts 30 minutes.

Curative eurythmy is a movement therapy. It is used, for example, to treat movement deficits, disorientation, nervousness, tenseness, dyscalculia, dyslexia, dysfunctions in concentration and coordination. Sessions are usually individual and last 30 minutes.

The school collaborates with two doctors. From kindergarten onwards, they are there to help our teaching staff and they are also involved in the check up to assess the children’s readiness for school. Our aim is to identify illnesses and negative developments as early as possible and to counsel the parents.

Curative education is provided in one-to-one sessions, once to five times a week. Group sessions are held if several children are challenged with the same learning difficulties. Children with dyslexia, dyscalculia and other learning difficulties are offered this curative education. A session usually lasts 45 minutes.

The school cooperates closely with the school psychology services (SPD) in Basel City and Basel Land. The SPD is a public advisory service for children, young people, parents, teaching personnel and school administrators. The SPD psychologists develop solutions for: learning difficulties, behavioral problems, psychological problems, developmental disorders, family problems and giftedness. The SPD provides individual advisory services, classroom visits, intervention in school classes, group consultations, conflict management, supervision and crisis interventions.

Pupils with a disability or developmental disorder are entitled to disadvantage accommodation. For example, a blind pupil can take an oral rather than a written exam. The disadvantage accommodation only changes the form of the exam. The child concerned is still required to meet the same learning targets as the other children and is judged on the same basis as they are. Examples of such accommodation are: the pupil is allowed more time (individual time allowances). The pupil can use tools (computers, calculators, multiplication tables). Illustrations are enlarged or presented on a screen. The pupil can take the exam in a separate room. Written rather than oral exams or vice versa. A differentiated, but equivalent formulation.

In the second year, the class, subject and support teachers carry out a detailed appraisal, so-called development monitoring. It documents the pupil’s developmental and proficiency levels and makes it possible to determine special support requirements and arrange the appropriate support measures. The focus is on gross and fine motor skills, awareness, conflict behavior, speech development and numerical comprehension. The results are discussed with the parents.

Team

Manuela Biesantz

Eurythmy therapist

Daniel Thiel

Eurythmy therapist

Cristina Marti Schneider

Special needs teacher

Jorin Charlton

Special needs teacher

Brigitte Kowarik

Speech therapy

Brigitta Coenen

Support teacher

Rebekka Duttle

Support teacher

Anna Bammerlin

Support teacher

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