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The Schoolhouse for Special Needs
PostedbySuper UseronWednesday, 19 August 2015in Realtors Real Estate Sales BlogFont size:LargerSmaller
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The Schoolhouse for Special Needs (SHFSN), a private school for children with learning, developmental and physical challenges. SHFSN opened in January 2006 with a modest group of three students and slowly grew to a current roll of nineteen students. SFHSN received the Ministry of Education’s endorsement in September 2008.
Essentially, SHFSN provides quality specialized programs for children with various challenges. It maintains an awareness of different leaning paces and styles so as to meet the uniqueness of each individual student’s well-being. A key component is that it establishes and maintains a team-work policy between students, parents, teachers and therapists. Ultimately, the school’s primary objective is to provide a safe and stimulating environment for its students to grow and develop at their own pace and in their own distinctive way. With recommendations from professional therapists, psychologists and the consideration of the overall needs of each student, the school incorporates a range of strategies and tools.
One distinguishing element of the school’s program is the inclusion of an Individual Educational Plan (I.E.P.). To facilitate this, review meetings are conducted each term with teachers, therapists and parents. These meetings are designed to keep all parties abreast with the development of the individual student, to exchange recognizable changes/improvements and to devise additional strategies that will continue the educational process. These review meetings are an immeasurable activity that always bears fruit.
Holistically, SHFSN has three specific avenues that have been designed to better cater to the needs of its students:The Schoolhouse for Special Needs: catering to students with developmental and/or cognitive delays and physically challenged students;
The Schoolhouse Preparatory: catering to students with mild to moderate learning difficulties. This entity allows for the enrolled students to enter on a day release or interim basis and reintegrate into mainstream schools after the successful completion of the required processes;
The Cottage Industry: designed for young adults with moderate learning difficulties who are developing potential careers in the art/craft and culinary industries. The Cottage Industry was officially launched in October 2013 with an Art Exhibition in Hastings-Christ Church under the patronage of the Minister of Culture, The Honourable Stephen Lashley.

The Cottage Industry is a special projects for its sets the foundation for young adults to develop careers and experience in the area of entrepreneurship. In addition to art exhibitions, this group has transferred their artistic skills onto tangible products such as coffee mugs, kitchen aprons, environmentally friendly shopping bags and greeting cards. These items are currently available through special orders directly from the school or can be purchased at local fairs and Saturday morning markets. Futuristically, these same items will be available at their soon to be established �?self help’ shop. Also in the pipeline is the establishment of a weekly afternoon tea garden. The students are now in the process of learning various aspects of culinary art through their Food and Nutrition class. At present their focus is on various aspects, including but not limited to: meet and greet; menu planning; customer seating; table settings and order taking/serving. In addition, these students are experimenting with tea food recipes to accomplish a good consistent standard.
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