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Early Intervention

Al-Masar School is licensed by the Jordanian Ministry of Education to provide its services for students ages 5-18, suffering from developmental disorders, neurological dysfunctions or learning difficulties within the various ranges of difficulty.

School hours are 8:00 am – 2:30 pm. Each student’s attending hours are determined according to his\her individual needs and capabilities.  The school also offers an optional summer program.

 

 

General Aim:

Our general aim is to enable students to achieve their highest possible levels of functional independence and reach their full potential in all aspects of their development through:

  • Providing students with highly structured and individualized special education services.
  • Providing students with individualized therapeutic services within the fields of speech and language therapy, occupational therapy and physical therapy.
  • Transitioning students to mainstream schools whenever possible.
  • Integrating students within their communities.
  • Providing students with optimal experiences and opportunities within a safe, nurturing and happy environment.

School Curriculum:

The educational program is designed to accommodate the individual needs of every child in an integrated and comprehensive manner. The curriculum of the Jordanian Ministry of Education is used with modifications according to individual needs, and is supplemented with programs designed for children with special needs.

The main focus is on developing children’s functional life skills, and functional academics that include reading, writing and mathematics. Topics such as science and social studies are introduced in an applied thematic manner with elaboration according to capabilities.

The curriculum also includes: adapted physical education, swimming / aquatic therapy, computer, art, drama, music, prevocational and social skills groups.

During school hours students receive physical, occupational and speech therapy sessions according to their needs on an individual or group basis. Students requiring more intensive therapy may receive extra sessions after school hours or on Saturdays.

 

Procedures

Students applying to Al-Masar School undergo a thorough initial assessment.  This assessment guides the Al-Masar team and the family in determining whether the student is appropriate for placement at Al-Masar School or at another placement in the community.  If the student is to attend Al-Masar School, the assessment will also guide in setting the individual educational\therapeutic plan.

At the beginning of each academic year, the educational and rehabilitation team designs a comprehensive and integrated individual plan for each student.  The plan is tailored in view of careful assessment of abilities and needs, and is implemented through the one-on-one and small group instruction as suitable for each student. The plan is subject to ongoing modification throughout the year on a need basis, but is formally assessed at the end of each semester.

Students at Al-Masar are grouped into classes according to age levels and capabilities. However, while executing the various educational, social, recreational and therapeutic school activities, students are sub-grouped within their class or across classes, depending on demonstrated skills and abilities.  These subgroups are designed with the optimal goal of providing the highest rates of learning.

Integration in mainstream schools:

In preparation for full integration, Al-Masar works on partially integrating its students into private mainstream schools, whereby students accompanied by Al-Masar staff members attend these schools for certain hours each week. The aim is to prepare the students for academic integration and provide opportunities to socially interact with typically developing peers.

Whenever ready for full mainstreaming, students at Al-Masar are transitioned into mainstream schools in the community, yet support and guidance for the students and their teachers continue to be provided to ensure a smooth transition.

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