Better for a Child
We offer a social-emotional curriculum in schools to maximise the child’s learning experience as developing social competence in the child’s natural environments will allow to avoid unnecessary psychosocial stress and reduce anxiety during the social learning process.
Stress is generally described as our body’s response to change. Autistic children usually have to cope with a far greater amount of the sensory information in the new environments, as compared to their neurotypical peers. Hence, they will struggle to regulate attentional control in the new places and experience heightened levels of anxiety along with the significantly higher cortisol levels. As explained by one of our university lecturers, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Professor Andrew McDonnell, keeping a low arousal approach in mind during the education process is vital for the students to be able to access education more readily and perform better on academic activities. Reducing unnecessary pressures -like the need to cope with the new environment- should ultimately decrease the level of processing required for a child to handle social information and therefore, decrease hyperarousal.
Helpful for the Teachers
Cooperating with schools in Auckland, North Shore, helps to identify any obstacles that could hinder the child’s academic development. The specialist assessments are a practical tool to find any sensory factors that could impact the child’s ability to learn more and engage during classroom activities. We could also look into the child’s social-emotional progress and consider the quality of his spontaneous communications during the cooperative play with peers. Social wellness is a valuable contributor to the child’s greater learning progress.
Easier for the Parents
Parenting can be stressful, and taking care of a child with special needs is often more so. By organising the child’s social learning at school and during the normal learning hours we give parents of autistic children some breathing space, less after-school rounds and better balance in the family life.