SPED

At Explore Horizons we get to know all our members as individuals and tailor our curriculum and environment in order to enable each child to progress and succeed academically in their own way. This process is no different for our many members with a diagnosed or suspected Special Educational Need to consider in their learning process.

Explore Horizons is an environment where every child can thrive – call your nearest center to discuss your child’s individual needs with a tutor.

Explore Horizons can help children with Sped in the following areas:

Concentration and focus

  • Activities are designed at the right level for each child, and include a wide variety of question types and styles to engage the children and maintain their interest
  • Praise for being ACE! ACE stands for Asking for help, Concentrating and putting in good Effort. We use a reward program based on these classroom skills where children can chart their progress and receive certificates
  • Activities are structured around the individual so they can be shortened and lengthened in accordance with their attention span
  • Tutors are regularly trained to support and nurture children who struggle to concentrate
  • We incorporate a wide variety of behavioral aids to stimulate concentration

Social interaction

  • Each child’s curriculum is tailored especially for them, so students do not compare their progress to others
  • Members do their work individually but work in a zone with up to five other children, who they are encouraged to interact with and get to know
  • We have a relaxation area called Recharge Zone where all our members interact after they have completed their learning session – this area is designed to encourage social interaction and reward the children for their hard work

Balance, co-ordination and motor skills

  • Activities are accessed through a variety of different mediums to encourage development of gross and fine motor skills
  • The use of a computer helps the children to feel more confident and ensures that their attainment is not affected by any lack of development in this area
  • Comparisons with other students do not occur at Explore Horizons, and all children are encouraged and praised for their achievements

Processing difficulties (audio and visual)

  • Our activities are designed and accessed in a variety of formats and therefore support learning in an audio, visual and kinaesthetic way
  • Children only move on when they have successfully mastered a skill and can review skills that their school class may have moved on from
  • All members quickly become confident and relaxed in our environment and know what is expected of them
  • Math resources have audio support to enable the child to have a better understanding of questions
  • Reading resources have a ‘listen again’ feature so that children can self-check their pronunciation and enunciation in their fluency in reading

Retention, retrieval and memory

  • Work is based on the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills curriculum but is ability rather than age-specific. Therefore, lots of our members have activities designed to reinforce retention and review concepts that their class have already moved on from at school
  • Activities can be tailored in terms of time-limits and question types that need reinforcing
  • Many of our computer-based activities generate an accurate retention score which we can use to structure each child’s course to improve their retention of information and skills

Phonological processing and spelling

  • Children are then taken through blending and segmenting activities, all of which are supported by our tutors
  • Texts are designed with phonic age in mind rather than reading age – so older children use materials appropriate for their reading ability but not patronising to their intelligence
  • Self-analysis elements of the curriculum help learners to find the mistakes in their own work

Organizational and sequencing

  • Each child’s session structure is unique – designed with them and their parents to support their weaker areas and stretch and challenge in others
  • Children practice key patterns and sequences regularly and at their own pace 
  • Older members are encouraged to develop study skills and self-organization techniques

Explore HORIZONS for Gifted Children

At Explore Horizons, children who are gifted in math and/or English language arts and reading, can be extended and stretched academically in a learning environment that supports and encourages their talents.

Math

Explore Horizons uses a range of tools to extend children who are gifted at math. All children go through an initial diagnostic assessment which tells us where they are within the curriculum. If your child naturally grasps new mathematical concepts quickly they can move swiftly through their own individualized curriculum.

We also run an Enhanced Math course, designed to stretch and motivate gifted mathematicians. Incorporating resources produced by NRICH at the University of Cambridge, this course is designed to take our members beyond the school curriculum. Speak to a tutor at your local center for more information..

English language arts and reading

For young people who are gifted readers, Explore Horizons offers a wealth of reading, writing and comprehension resources. All children go through an initial diagnostic assessment which tells us where they are within the curriculum.  If your child is advanced with ELAR they can quickly move through their own individualized curriculum. 

Each Explore center runs a highly popular creative writing course called Enhanced Writing. This course develops and refines the natural flair of gifted writers through a series of thought-provoking and challenging topics, such as journalistic writing, creating play scripts and developing storytelling structure.

For middle and high school students, we also run a weekly class called Advanced Writing and Study Skills, designed to take children to the next level with their writing and provide them with the tools to excel at high school and beyond.

Confidence and motivation

We have seen so many of our gifted learners grow in confidence and enthusiasm thanks to our individual approach. We believe a motivated child is one who is challenged appropriately and the greatest gift we can give them is the chance to work at their own pace and see the rewards of stretching themselves to the next level.

Social interaction is a big focus of our centers, encouraging our members to build bonds with tutors and other members means children love attending and are motivated to do so.

 

Feedback on the benefits of Explore for children with SPED

“They help me to answer questions quickly. It helps me with my comprehension and my negative numbers. My favorite thing about Explore is getting to write poetry and getting Lizard Cards to swap for things from the prize cupboard”

Michelle Lee, Age 12