The children are evaluated against the outcomes set in the IEP on a monthly basis to monitor improvement and adapt the IEP if needed. There are 2 comprehensive templates all VASS therapists use to monitor and evaluate the child on the progress in the skills they acquire during therapy. These are called the Student Progress Trackers:
1. Student Progress Tracker Sheet (SPTS): Student’s progress is tracked against each goal/outcome against the baseline data captured prior to the start of the programme.
2. Students Progress Reference Sheet (SPRS) per therapy: Reference guide and scales to use while assessing the student’s progress, ensuring all students are assessed against a common standard.
These trackers are managed by the therapists; progress and feedback is shared frequently with the parents after sessions. Once a month, the therapists will run a feedback session with the parents, explaining the progress reports and tracker sheets. We also encourage parents to provide us with feedback on the child’s behaviour and improvement observed at home.
During the transition phase or after standard 4, a complete report is shared with the family for future private therapy programmes.
There are a number of tools that VASS use to ensure the therapy programme is consistent, effective and meeting its desired impact. All therapists at VASS are trained to ensure the below are always completed and sometimes seek the support of parents /school for certain information:
Most therapies are long-term and are required for a long period of time. In some cases, the student can improve very quick and can reduce the 1:1 sessions if the correct homecare is maintained. This is very rare, but is possible in a few cases where only mild forms of disabilities are found. Once the student completes grade 4, he/she will need to transition to private therapy that will incur a cost. VASS will create a final report including all the progress reports and evaluation and a transition plan along with recommendations on private therapists, programmes and activities. It’s our goal to increase free therapy until standards 7 in the future.
At VASS, we utilise a multi-disciplinary approach to provide holistic services to children with disabilities. Children can face multiple disorders or disabilities at one time; we provide the below core therapies (and more) but also combine different forms of therapy based on the child’s diagnosis when building the IEP.
What Happens at the End of the Programme?
The Individual Education Plan is a tailored plan per student created by the therapists at VASS. Once the Therapist has reviewed all the assessment documents conduced by the SSA, they will do another assessment and determine the following:
• Short-term goals
• Intermediate goals
• Long-term goals
• Activities that will be undertaken during sessions
• Outcomes to be achieved during each session
• Other aspects, recommendations and actions part of the therapy programme
This framework and template is used by all therapists at VASS. All the Student Performance Trackers are based on the activities and progress plan built into the IEP. The IEP is reviewed and adapted if needed based on the child’s progress over the sessions.
About the Therapy Sessions: Who, What, Why?
What is the Individual Education Plan (IEP)?
How is Monitoring and Evaluation Done?