Special Needs Programme

LEAP's Special Needs Programme emphasizes the holistic development of young people, helping them to establish a positive lifestyle and increase their resilience and social adaptability. Currently, the Special Needs Programme is delivered only in Chinese and can be taken either in a mobile classroom, designed specially to facilitate access for students with special needs, or in a school classroom. 

 

 

There are 19 units in the Special Needs Programme, catering to the needs of students with mild, moderate or severe intellectual or physical disabilities. The programme comprises six themes: personal hygiene and self-care, body knowledge, drug information, emotional knowledge, social skills and independent living skills.  They are designed to be fun, interactive and educational at the same time, so that even difficult concepts can be taught through simple games and activities. Students participate in a one-hour session each year. At the end of each session, a CD-Rom is given to the accompanying teacher to facilitate follow-up activities in the classroom.

 

 

There are 15 units for students with mild or moderate grade intellectual disabilities:

 

  Theme Level Main Topics

1

 

 

Harold and Hygiene

 

P.1

 

 

To develop an awareness of the body and the importance of personal hygiene

 

 

2

 

 

Looking Great

 

 

P.2

 

 

To understand the changing seasons, and the need to wear different clothes for varying weather conditions and occasions

 

3

 

 

Variety of Food

 

 

P.3

 

 

To introduce the different food groups and the digestive system

 

 

4

 

 

Food Journey

 

 

P.4

 

 

To appreciate the importance of nutrition, the different food ingredients, and their journey through the body

 

5

 

 

Harold's Holiday

 

 

P.5

 

 

To encourage the wise use of leisure time

 

 

6

 

 

Healthy Harold

 

 

P.6

 

 

To encourage the prevention of diseases and the safe use of medicines

 

 

7

 

 

Clean, Fresh Air

 

 

F.1

 

 

To introduce the respiratory system and the importance of clean, fresh air to the body

 

 

8

 

 

The Truth About Smoking

 

F.2

 

 

To understand the effects of smoking on the body and develop skills for handling peer pressure

 

9

 

 

Emotions

 

 

F.3

 

 

To recognize different emotions and learning to deal with them
To understand the effects of alcohol on the body

 

10

 

 

Everyone is Unique

 

F.4

 

 

To appreciate that each person is unique and the importance of respect for others
To develop independent thinking and skills for handling peer pressure

 

11

 

 

On The Way Up 

 

 

F.5

 

 

To recognize the importance of work, develop a positive work ethic and understand the concept of financial management

 

12

 

 

Substance Abuse

 

 

F.6

 

 

To define substance abuse, understand the effects on the body and develop refusal skills and strategies

 

13

 

 

Ladies and Gentlemen

 

P.6

 

 

To appreciate the physiological and psychological effects of puberty on individuals

 

 

14

 

 

Protecting Oneself

 

F.3

 

 

To appreciate and respect others, but also recognize the need for self-protection

 

 

 15

 

 

Environmental Protection

 

P.1 to F.6               

 

To understand the effects of environmental pollution, recognize the importance of preserving resources and environmental protection

 

 

 

 

 

There are 4 units for students with severe grade intellectual disabilities:

 

  Theme Main Topics

S1

 

 

Tidy Harold

 

 

To recognize different body parts and the importance of personal hygiene through different senses

 

S2

 

 

Hungry Harold

 

 

To learn about different foods and drinks by using senses and being aware of hygiene during eating

 

S3

 

Courteous Harold

 

To learn about being polite

 

S4

 

 

Harold’s Safety Guidelines

 

To learn about safety in a wide range of daily activities

 

 

 

 

 

In addition to the Special Needs Programme for students, LEAP also offers briefing sessions for parents and teachers to introduce LEAP's methodology, encouraging parents to uphold health messages at home and helping teachers in their follow-up work in the classroom.

To book or enquire about the Special Needs Programme, please contact Sam Wu (sam@leap.org.hk) on 2530 0018.

 

 

 

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