By Angela Cruz, Marketing Director
“Until he came here we did not realize just how unhappy my child was. I wish we had found this place a year ago. I would say if you have a child and there are some challenges it is worth looking for something different. While it might be difficult to say ‘my child goes to a special school,’ it is worth it; not just for the child, but for the whole family.”
– Lucy, ILC Parent
ELG can be broadly divided into two parts: clinic services and the Innovating Learning Center (ILC). When you see us out in the community speaking at events, giving seminars or trainings, or offering therapeutic services at schools, that’s usually our clinic team.
But if you come visit our offices Monday to Friday, the hard-working professionals making children laugh, teaching young adults life skills, and challenging kids to develop and learn are our ILC team. Our student-teacher ratio is very low and clinic specialists are also on-hand to offer in-house therapies.
They are delivering the only individualized, full-time or part-time daily program in Shanghai for children and adults whose needs aren’t being met in local or international schools.
Who comes to ILC?
The attendees have a range of needs: autism, global developmental delays, behavior problems, learning disabilities, or genetic conditions.
Some children need to intensely develop skills before moving on to school, transitioning out of ILC. When we know a child is transitioning to a mainstream school or relocating to another country, transition support is incorporated into his or her individualized program.
What happens at ILC?
ILC is engaging and effective. Each lesson is structured around a specific learning objective, and achieved through a number of special education strategies. Our team works hard to ensure that our program is robust, and uses methodologies supported by research and experience.
Our weekly all-ILC Friday Assemblies often involve a lot of laughter and dancing. Not only is it fun, but students practice essential communication and social skills while taking part in games that challenge their listening (“Simon Says” or “Follow the Leader”) and problem solving (“Guess Who?”). Individuals also gain recognition for extraordinary effort in the preceding week.
Cooking offers a huge range of skill-building opportunities beyond just the tasty reward at the end. Building vocabulary, following complex directions, experimenting, problem solving, predicting, teamwork, writing, using math, fine motor skill development and planning, and, of course, developing a functional life skill are just some of the ways cooking is an all-encompassing activity.
When students have fun and are motivated, they learn faster and the learning stays with them longer. We think John, an ILC parent, sums it up best when he says, “ILC creates a very motivating environment for our son to overcome most of his learning difficulties. The progress that he has been showing makes us gain more and more confidence in his future development.”
Angela is a social impact marketer who has worked in Canada, England, and China. Angela oversees the Marketing Department, raising awareness about ELG’s high quality services and encouraging families to access the support ELG offers. She is in awe of special educators and therapists who do valuable, heartfelt work. She is proud to promote their knowledge, talents and passion.