What does The Essential Learning Group do?

We provide a wide-range of tailored resources for children to develop and learn effectively. Our services are dedicated to helping parents, schools and educators meet the individual needs of children. We work primarily in the Shanghai and Guangzhou greater areas. As professionals and parents, we have a genuine understanding of the challenges faced by parents and schools in finding and providing personalized educational services for a wide range of children.

What type of organization is The Essential Learning Group?

The Essential Learning Group is a social enterprise. A social enterprise refers to an organization that is profit-making but dedicated to improving the lives of others. Our model allows us to serve expats living in Shanghai and Guangzhou who require support, but it also provides a foundation for helping hundreds of thousands of Chinese families who have a child with unique learning needs, many of whom have limited or no access to services. We do not receive funding or government support, so we are entirely dependent on fees for services to support all our activities, including the ones we offer at no charge

Where are you based?

In Shanghai we have facilities in Putuo (north-west of Jing’an), Jinqiao and Qingpu districts. Our specialists frequently travel to neighboring cities, such as Suzhou and Nanjing, and travel on request to other places as well.

What is The Innovative Learning Center (ILC)?

The Innovative Learning Center provides half and full-day programs for children with exceptional needs who cannot successfully access the curriculum of a regular school environment, or are in need of early intervention. The Innovative Learning Center provides individualized support plans focusing on academics, communication, fine and gross motor, sensory integration, behavior and social skills. Click here to learn more.

What is The Clinic?

Our Clinic is a unique multidisciplinary practice that offers support plans for children or families covering all relevant areas of a child’s life. A wide range of high quality assessments and therapeutic services are available that will be tailored in response to every client’s individual needs. Click here to learn more.

What are your specialists’ qualifications?

All our specialists hold university degrees and are certified and/or licensed in their field in the country in which they were professionally trained. In addition, we require background checks on all our employees, ensuring they do not hold any records in any country that prohibits them from doing their work. We also provide work visas for all of our foreign specialists, ensuring they are legally employed in China. Click here to learn more.

What ages are the children you work with?

We work with individuals from birth to adulthood. Though our company is geared towards supporting children and their families, all our experts are trained to work with adults and are happy to accept them as clients.

Can I come to visit your programs?

Yes, of course! If you’re interested in learning more about what we do, we highly recommend that you visit us; this gives you an opportunity to see our program in action, meet our staff and if relevant, talk about how we could support you. Please email our Client Services Team to make an appointment.

I am worried about my child and I think that he or she might benefit from support. How do I get started?

The first step is to contact our Client Services Team and verbalize your concerns to our Intake Specialist. Our Intake Specialist will review your inquiry with our team of over 20 experts, ensuring that we are able to recommend the best course of action for your child. Often, we schedule an Intake Interview, which allows us to get to know children and their families and come up with the best recommendations, which could involve assessment, therapy or training.

How long does it take to get an appointment in the Clinic? Do you have waiting lists?

In most cases, you will be able to get an appointment within a few days (up to a week) after contacting us. For urgent matters, we are usually able to see a client within 1-2 days. Though our services are in very high demand, we try our best to avoid waiting lists as much as we can and are always on the look-out to grow our team of experts so we can accommodate everyone’s needs in a timely manner.

Do you take medical insurance?

If you know your medical insurance covers the therapeutic services your child needs, ELG’s services will be covered as well. Often families are unsure whether there medical insurance covers services like the ones ELG provides; we do our best to support you in researching and applying for support.

What is Early Intervention?

Early Intervention programs support babies and toddlers with developmental delays or disabilities. The Innovative Learning Center offers an Early Intervention Program for children 0-3 years of age. Read Robin’s story to learn more!

My child is developing at a typical rate, but is slightly behind in some areas – can you help?

Yes! Our programs meet the needs of a wide range of children, from those who want to work at advanced, fast levels to those who need intensive support, and everything in between. We provide developmental screenings to gain better insight on which areas of your child’s development are on track, and which ones should be evaluated further. Often, meeting with a specialist for a few sessions to address certain concerns can make a significant difference in daily life for both your child and your family.

Can your specialists provide therapy out of your centers?

Yes! ELG specialists travel to many international school campuses one or more days per week. They provide therapeutic intervention to students on-site in collaboration with teachers, which allows for incorporating therapy right into children’s school days. We also offer home visits.

Do you provide training or consultations?

We consider it part of our responsibility to the community to support professionals working with children, as educational training and consultation resources are very limited in China. We offer a series of workshops catered to educators and other professionals, in addition to tailoring seminars and workshops to meet the needs of individual schools. Our specialists frequently collaborate with parent groups, parent associations or support groups to offer tailored sessions for their participants.