STEP BY STEP Centre For Special Needs
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We are a Special Needs Centre in Doha which provides specialised teaching in a school setting and individual therapy sessions in the afternoons for children aged 3 to 16 who have special educational needs. Our aim is to provide a highly specialised approach to meet each child’s individual and specific needs within the social setting of a school.

In our centre we provide 1:1, peer, whole class and small group teaching throughout the school day supported by the following methods and therapy programmes:

  •     Applied Behavioural Analysis Therapy (ABA)

  •     Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS)

  •    Makaton

  •    Speech and Language Therapy

  •    Occupational Therapy

  •    Behaviour Intervention

  •    Assistive Technology

Our centre is committed to:

   Creating personalized learning programmes that meet the needs of individual children

   Ensuring that children’s needs are met promptly and effectively

   Supporting parents in meeting the needs of their children

   Developing the specialist expertise of our staff so that they can meet children’s needs directly

   Providing development opportunities to parents and children

How are we working with parents and the community?

Parents are recognised and valued as partners with the school in their children’s education and our school positively encourages their active involvement in their child’s learning. We provide home training for parents and carers, as well as ‘drop in’ sessions, which are intended to support and equip parents for their role.

Our centre also places a lot of emphasis on life and social skills and, consequently, the children are encouraged to engage in Best Buddies socialization program and visit the wider community (e.g. local markets, parks, museums) to participate in a range of activities.

Our Services

Step by Step Centre offers a comprehensive program that promotes students’ cognitive, academic, social, communication and motor development.  

During morning sessions, each student is assigned to a class that is suitable for his/her functioning level and follows a weekly schedule that incorporates all activities of the school day, such as circle time, academic activities, therapy sessions, personal care and social skills sessions in addition to special events, guest readers, performers, holiday celebrations, class trips and more. Our teachers and therapists communicate with parents (using Class Dojo) to provide a picture of daily program activities that children cannot report themselves. Parents’ input allows staff to talk with students about their home lives.

Extensive afternoon therapy sessions are also provided on a one-one-one basis after 1 pm until 6 pm daily. These sessions include assessment, advice, strategies, targets, and programmes of work to address the needs as appropriate for each individual child. Our therapy team use evidence based practices and makes the best use of the therapy time available to have the greatest possible impact on outcomes for children and young people.

Individual Therapy Sessions

Our special needs teachers and therapists tailor individualized treatment plans to the unique situation of each child. We also take the time to meet with parents, observe children, and review any relevant evaluations.

We help families whose children are identified with developmental delays, learning challenges or diagnosed special needs find the right treatment programs and supports. Students who need the continued support of occupational, behaviour and/or speech therapy might receive them over the course of the week during morning school setting or as one-on-one therapy sessions in the afternoons.

Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA)

ABA therapy is a comprehensive teaching tool that breaks down skills into simpler, more manageable tasks and is very effective technique in treating children with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

ABA treatment is especially useful in teaching behaviours to children with Autism who may otherwise not “pick up”   these behaviours on their own as other children would.

Using ABA-based interventions and proven behavioural strategies, we help children with behavioural and learning challenges and work on self-help, social, communication and academic skills.

We start with an extensive assessment of your child's strengths and weaknesses using ABBLS -The Assessment of Basic Language and Learning Skills and a board certified behaviour analyst (BCBA) develops and supervises individualized interventions specifically tailored to the needs of your child.

Our ABA therapists, who have extensive training in behaviour analysis and hands-on experience in providing ABA-based interventions, implement the program and are responsible for data tracking.

Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapists’ specialize in the evaluation and treatment of children with sensory processing disorders, autism spectrum disorders, learning disabilities, ADHD, Down’s syndrome, sensory-motor deficits, and other developmental disorders. Their role is to support the educational program by helping to maximize each student’s level of functioning within the classroom, at home and/or out in the community.  Additionally, the occupational therapists provide functional vision, motor skills, and sensory assessment and treatment programs. Our occupational therapists also promote the students’ active participation in activities of daily living and self-help skills in addition to vocational education activities to maximize student’s level of independence and to provide meaningful experiences to improve their quality of life.

Speech and Language Services

Speech and Language Therapy service includes an assessment, program development and treatment of your child's communication needs.  Areas for development may include basic communication skills (awareness, attention, and motivation), verbalization (E.g. words, phrases, and specific sounds), augmentative and alternative systems (E.g. gesture, signs, PECS, communication books) or high-tech devices (such as iPads).

At our centre we promote a total communication approach that values all modes of communication of equal importance. The speech and language therapist liaise with the other team member on any issues that may affect a student's ability to attend and engage in learning activities.

Specialist Tuition (Dyslexia and Other Specific Learning Difficulties)

Our specialist teachers understand that each student is different. So, they create an individual learning support programme is for each student taken into account student’s strengths and learning preferences to support areas of need.

Step by Step Centre specialist teachers have trained in teaching both students with specific learning difficulties.  Parents are given a report at the end of each term, which gives a valuable insight into student’s progress.

Buddy Club

Our Buddy Club program helps children develop the social interaction (e.g. following directions) and communication skills (e.g. indicating needs and wants) they need by providing many opportunities to generalize information. Under the supervision of our therapists, children practice following rules and adult directives, playing and learning with others cooperatively, making friends, seeking positive attention, emotional regulation, managing transitions and day-to-day problem-solving activities through positive reinforcement and social coaching. Buddy Club groups will range from 4-6 children depending on the level of intervention and support that is needed for each child to reach his or her optimal social learning level.

Physiotherapy

A physiotherapist will take a history of your child’s physical limitations and look at any reports you might have. Following this they will set out treatment goals to address any concerns.  All sessions will be run on a one-on-one basis.

Training and workshops for parents and professionals

Workshops help families and professionals learn about how to support their child’s or student’s learning at home and at school environments and might cover a number of different areas such as speech and language development, communication and sensory issues, improving attention and concentration, behaviour management methods and strategies.

Parents will be taught skills that will help them how to manage problem behaviours at home and in the community and to facilitate generalization of newly learned skills from the classroom or therapy room to the home environment.

Summer School

 Our summer school sessions are fun-filled and creative learning experience for children.  All therapists and teachers work together with the children on the following skills:

  • Social Interaction Skills
  • Communication Skills
  • Self-Help Skills
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Fun Games and Tactile Activities (water play, sand play etc.)

Small group activities to support speech and language, fine and gross motor skills will be incorporated through interactive games and hands on activities.

Assistive Technology

Assistive technology (AT) helps to enhance students’ learning and development. Step by Step Centre had various AT equipment, both low such as picture exchange symbol cards, and high-tech such as touch screen computers, smart boards, augmentative and alternative communication devices, adaptive keyboards, switch devices, smart boards and iPads to help with learning and attention issues.

Admissions

Admission Procedure

The first step is for parents to complete an application form available online or from the Centre.

The completed application along with required documentation (as stated on the application form) should be returned to us at the Centre. The student will then be placed on a waiting list and parents will be contacted to arrange an initial assessment.

Documents Required:

1.       A Complete application form available online or from the Centre.

2.       2 passport size photos of the child.

3.       ID copies of parents & passport copy of the child.

4.       Immunisation record of the child.

5.       Previous assessment/diagnosis or progress report if any.

       Prospective students are evaluated before admission can be granted. The purpose of this is to:

  • Assess the child’s developmental level in cognitive, speech and language skills and physical development
  • Decipher what would be the most appropriate classroom
  • Create an Individual Education Plan (IEP) with input from SBS multi-disciplinary team
  • Offer the best educational and therapy program for the developmental age of the student
  • Implement the best possible program as soon as possible
  • Following the initial assessment, a full screening will be made by a SBS
  • Physiotherapist, Occupational Therapist and Speech Therapist. Then SBS assessment records will be reviewed by the Multi-Disciplinary Team comprised of teachers and therapists. Based on the results of this review, the child may then be enrolled into a class appropriate to his/her specific needs. If it is decided that the SBS program is not suited to the student’s needs, the team will help parents explore other available alternatives.

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  • Morning School- Arrival : 07:30am Dismissal :12:30 pm Our gate opens at 7:00 am and closes at 1:00 pm for morning sessions. - Afternoon Individual Therapy Sessions (Optional) From 01:00 pm until 06:00 pm
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