• Classroom Behavior Management: ELG's Professional Development Day.
  • ELG’s Student Support Professionals Networking evening.
  • At ILC we believe the best learning comes through best practices.
  • Each child’s time at ELG is oriented towards the most productive educational experience possible.
  • Run in Blue event to raise awareness of Autism in China. ELG is proud to have been a platinum sponsor.
  • Our specialists provide trainings and workshops for other professionals in our community.

The Essential Learning Group is a social enterprise dedicated to providing high-quality special education, developmental, behavioral and mental health services in Shanghai and the Greater China area.



The Innovative Learning Center

A daily program for children that benefit from highly individualized programs in a caring, small environment.

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The Clinic

ELG’s multi-disciplinary educational practice, which offers therapeutic interventions, assessments, and social and academic support services. These include Speech Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Ed-Psych Assessments and more.

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When ELG first started in 2006, there were almost no special education resources available in Shanghai for expats or local families. A small group  of Western professionals came together with the goal of supporting families and making a difference to the lives of locals.

Since then, ELG has grown into an organization with over 90 passionate staff members, many with specialized degrees and expertise, who support families, educators, and children through a variety of services, both at their own campuses in Pudong and Puxi, as well as directly in schools throughout Shanghai. 




In 10 years, ELG has helped thousands of people in hundreds of cities all over China. See what some of them are saying.

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The ELG Story

ELG has changed so much since 2006, when a few pioneers first brought special education to Shanghai.

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