Just as there are specific benefits to learning in a group (e.g. learning to listen in a noisy environment), there are specific benefits to tailored learning, designed to meet the child’s specific needs. Students benefit from one-to-one sessions with our speech and language pathologist outside of the class that focus on developing skills in multiple areas, including receptive and expressive language, auditory/listening skills, vocabulary, articulation, cognition, and social communication. When we layer one-on-one instruction on top of group work, we see tremendous progress.
A speech and language pathologist also conducts a weekly social-pragmatics group in each classroom which addresses topics such as understanding thoughts and emotions, how to participate and respect others in a group, expected behaviours, and friendship skills in general.