The support services offered by small steps learning are comprehensive
Advocacy and Referral Support
Assistance to develop collaborative partnerships with clinicians, parents and school.
Use of mindfulness training, breathing techniques and rest breaks to reduce anxiety in all situations.
A wide range of formal and informal assessment strategies will be used to collect data about the individual student. This data will be analysed and used to assist the design of the Individual Learning Plan (ILP).
A useful collection of data will be gathered including; observations, rating scales, inventories and interviews to develop behaviour plans.
To assist the student set goals and achieve them using the GROWTH coaching model.
Fine Motor Skill Development
Use of a variety of activities to develop muscle tone and imporve fine motor skills.
HSC Exam Support
Assistance applying for Disability Provisions for HSC Exams. Rehearsals using a reader, writer/scribe or technology.
Individual Education Plan Service
Compiling or interpreting individual education plans (IEP).
Directing clients and families to a better understanding of the nature of the disability/ difficulty and its impact on the child's learning. Autism (ASD), Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) or (ADHD), Learning Difficulties, Specific Learning Difficulties (SLD), Dyslexia, Hearing Impairment, Vision Impairment, Low Muscle Tone or Slow Auditory Processing all impact learning. Suggestions of reasonable adjustments to reduce the impacts of these disabilities at home and school are offered as apart of this service.
Life Skills Support
Taking small steps to learn a skill that is necessary for participation in every day life. Skills such as brushing teeth, catching the bus, buying milk, cooking or learning to use basic academic skills are covered in this important support.
Including reading comprehension strategies, strengthening reading accuracy, fluency development and vocabulary expansion. Spelling improvement using direct instruction and the Teaching Handwriting Reading and Spelling Skills (THRASS) program. Writing skills improvement using scaffolds. Handwriting support using THRASS and fluency drills.
MULTILIT Tutor Support
The MULTILIT Program is an instruction program for low progress readers using intensive instruction in 'phonic' or word attack skills, sight word recognition and supported reading.
Covers, basic numeric knowledge, +,-,÷,x, using direct instruction, revision using the Mathletics computer program effectively, study of the language of numbers and number fluency drills.
Social Skill Training
Role play, social stories and technology are used to develop social skills and improve social behaviours.
Support with time management, organisational skills and summarising are offered.
Using the Teaching Handwriting Reading and Spelling Skills (THRASS) program for teaching learners about letters, speech sounds and spelling choices of English.
Transitions happen throughout life and sometimes we need assistance to make these transitions successfully. Transitions occur at the start of school, at the start of each school year, entry to high school and entry to college or when we move house. Transition support includes, prior warning, familiarisation, planning and rehearsal.
Small Steps Learning process
These are the services and process that a special education tutor can provide for a student with significant learning needs.