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Last year I was called upon to assist some friends whose son suffers from learning disabilities. He attends a highly regarded international school, and the school requested that we engage a shadow teacher to accompany him to class. He was entering middle school at the beginning of the school year, and there was concern that the transition to a more demanding environment, not to mention a much more challenging curriculum, might otherwise overwhelm him.

We were using Total Communications for needed educational therapy, and through them enlisted Shadow Advantage. His teachers (the first left Singapore at the end of the fall term) were wonderful! They worked with him throughout what was a difficult year (there were some severe family health issues that added a great deal of stress to his situation), and improvement was marked. During this time the teachers provided detailed and extensive written updates, explaining exactly what was happening in class, both academically, and emotionally. They met regularly with school staff, teachers and counsellors, and forged a strong working relationship.

Proof of their success is that at the end of the year the school recommended that next year the teacher transition from full-time shadow to part-time tutor.

Based upon our experience I would unhesitatingly recommend Shadow Advantage for any parents or teachers seeking a shadow teacher.

Jake J.

Singapore

The shadow support for Josiah was very tactful and patient when handling him. She made it a point to speak to him at appropriate timing, and was careful in the way she corrected him. Josiah tends to get very sensitive when he was corrected. The shadow support was able to make him opened up to his friends. The change in him was very assuring. I could see that he was able to show care and concern towards others and was more appreciative towards those around him. All in all, I feel that the shadow support had taught him ways to express himself well and made him a more sociable person in school. 

Teacher, ACS Barker

Singapore

I was glad to have the opportunity to work with Total Communications because of their experience and the excellent support they provided to shadow teachers. Constant feedback and meetings with an Educational Therapist, Vivian, helped to clarify any questions I had in terms of how to handle a particular situation in school or to bounce off ideas with her in terms of whether I was handling a situation appropriately. I have had a great experience working with Total Communications and I really enjoyed my time as a shadow teacher with them.

Grace

Singapore

As an International School with various demographic of students, we often depend on outside agencies to support our students' needs. Total Communication has engaged with shadow teachers along with case managers and coordinators to support some of our students during the school days whose needs are beyond our resources.

Frequent and open communication lines between the centre and the school allow the student to overcome the challenges in a time-specific manner. Regular check-in and reviewing of the time table provides the student to transition to independence. The monthly input from shadow teachers and case managers have been very useful for our learning support department as well as the class teachers. 

Berna S.

Singapore

Before engaging shadow teacher Suzie, Serene’s attention span was very short. She would move around the classroom and always in a world of her own during lesson and free play. She couldn’t sit up straight for more than 5 minutes for lesson, and she would lie down after a while. Thus, teachers would put her to sit behind so that she would not lie down on anyone. There was lack of awareness of her surroundings. Serene is a sweet-natured child, she is gentle to others, however, she would throw tantrums and hurt herself at times when we couldn’t understand her. There was no interaction with other children.

After 2 months with shadow teacher Suzie, Serene was able to sit up without lying down all over the place. From the 4th month, there was awareness of the surroundings and she was able to sit through more than 5 minutes of lesson. Now, she was able to play alongside with the children.

Ruth

Singapore

Total Communication Therapy worked with a child in my centre who was suspected to have a combination of both Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). As an educator, I believe that each child should be given an equal opportunity for learning and that inclusive education should be practised. However, having a child with different needs can be challenging as much attention was needed to be given to the child to ensure their safety, as well as the safety of the rest of the children in the class. 

 

When the parents of this child introduced Total Communication Therapy to us as their shadow support service of choice, having a sharing session with both the team and parents to discuss the child's needs in the school was helpful as all parties involved are aware and aligned on the goals for the child in school, as well as the plan to achieve it. Through the two months that I have worked with Total Communication Therapy, both myself and my Chinese partner have noticed the improvements that the child has made through the structure and routines that the shadow support has given during their time together. 

 

Not only has the child shown improvement in behaviour, but the team also worked closely with us teachers to provide input and advice on how to manage the child that allowed him to assimilate better into the class for the benefit of his learning. We are thankful to Total Communication Therapy for their support and cooperation with us over the two months working with them and would look forward to working with them again. 

Shermaine V.

Singapore

The shadow support for my son was very tactful and patient when handling him. The shadow support made it a point to speak to him at appropriate timing, and was careful in the way she corrected him. My son tends to get very sensitive when he was corrected. The shadow support was able to make him opened up to his friends. The change in him was very assuring. I could see that he was able to show care and concern towards others and was more appreciative towards those around him. All in all, I feel that the shadow support had taught him ways to express himself well and made him a more sociable person in school.

J's Mother

Singapore

The Shadow Support training was extremely useful. We met the whole range of professionals involved. They gave us their perspectives and tools to analyse, solve social, behavioural and learning issues. They made us aware of the challenges of the role and gave us a guiding frame to use and reflect on while shadowing.

Madeleine SY

Singapore

I am very satisfied with the training. All of my questions regarding the functions/responsibilities of SST were properly explained. Knowing my role/responsibilities and expectations as a SST is very essential for me to be successful in this field.

May Ann

Singapore

Every part of the training gave adequate information and a lot of questions on inhibitions that a prospective shadow might have were answered. The tips and strategies used are useful. It is also comforting to know that with Total Communications, a shadow need not work alone and has the support of SLPs and others involved with the child.

Alpana Pal

Singapore

Many of the things taught were very practical skills and knowledge, as many speakers showed their own work experiences. The training covered a wide range of topics and the trainers were encouraging.

Khoo Ser Wee

Singapore

I was very satisfied with the course content and the real life situations discussed during the course. This gave me a proper understanding of expectations and job role of a shadow support teacher; strategies to go about problem / concern areas; communicating the best way with all stakeholders and contributing in the development of a child, I can say that I know what to expect.

Kokila Shukla

Singapore

I like the way the class was conducted: small and focused. Being someone who has no experience in handling children with special needs, I think that this training has greatly opened my eyes. It made me want to give support to these children even more. The speakers of the various topics gave really detailed explanations whenever questions are raised.

Noratiqah Talib

Singapore

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