Ask a parent what their number one wish for their kids is, and the answer’s often the same: ‘For them to feel happy, safe and fulfilled’. But what if your child is a student with anxiety or low self-esteem? What if they need more help in reaching their goals? Integrated International School (IIS) was founded in 2009 out of a desire to develop Singapore’s educational landscape and work with multiple types of intelligence in an inclusive learning environment. At IIS, they believe there’s more to life than getting top marks; every child should be given the opportunity to feel good about themselves and their abilities.
In short, IIS seeks to redefine what it means to succeed. Founder and principal DR VANESSA VON AUER says, “Not every child fits the ‘cookie-cutter’ definition of success; many miss out on opportunities that others take for granted. Education can no longer take a one-size-fits-all approach.”
This is wonderful news for anyone who is a parent of a student with anxiety or low self-esteem. At IIS they believe – rightly! – that everyone deserves a bit of tender loving care. If kids feel valued and supported, they’ll flourish emotionally and socially. Some just need a bit more assistance in getting there than others.
How IIS can help
IIS has a support team made up of qualified specialists and therapists who work with students individually if and when they need it. There are experts on staff who can provide behavioural therapy, counselling, social skills training, speech and occupational therapy to ensure the wellbeing of every student. They work closely and collaboratively with teachers to design Individualised Education Plans (IEPs) for students who can benefit from customised support. So, if your child needs a bit of extra TLC, here are two ways IIS can help:
IIS counsellors encourage students to discuss anything that is on their mind. Counselling sessions assist students in identifying emotions and provide them with tools to cope with their stressors, to develop self-awareness and mindfulness skills, as well as problem-solving skills.
Social skills training
Social skills groups are open to students who could benefit from the enhancement of their social skills. The groups cover a range of different topics – from self-awareness and self-esteem, to identifying emotions, verbal and non-verbal behaviour and collaborative teamwork. With the right support and approach, children with disordered anxiety or self-esteem can be given the tools to build their confidence and thrive in a social and academic setting. IIS’s tailored education plans are designed to bring out the best in any child. Because every kid deserves to feel like a gold star achiever – both in and outside the classroom!
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