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What Kind of Education Does Your Child Need?

The following questions have been looping in my head (probably endless) since my son was born. Oh yes, it has been five years!

“Are international schools better than local schools?”
“What exactly is International Baccalaureate (IB)?”
“Is it realistic, or even possible, for me to find a school that has less homework and exams?”
“How should I prepare my child for the interviews?” (But wait a second! Should I figure out what do the interviews cover first?)
“Ok! Now I have option A, B and C, how to pick the perfect one?”
I don’t see these concerns are going to end yet, problem solving is a big part of my responsibility as a parent. Although I don’t enjoy repeated discussion on the same matter, the following question is worthy of our discussion.

What kind of education does your child need?
I believe that the children I have worked with have enormous potential and they can learn! But firstly we need to understand and appreciate that each child is different and unique in his or her own ways, which means that one formula will NEVER fit all.

The next couple questions might lead you in the right direction when you attempt to answer the million dollar question:

  1. What does your child actually need to learn? (This helps you to think about what should the curriculum look like!)
  2. How will your child learn best and most efficiently? (This will help you to determine the most suitable teaching format and environment for your child!)
  3. What type of teachers will help your child the most? Does he or she need to be taught by specific techniques or methodologies?
  4. There are so much more to think about! Let’s talk again very soon!

    Stevens Lo, MSocSCc, BCBA, Behavioral Consultant
    Stevens Lo
    Mr. Stevens Lo is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) with a Master of Social Sciences in Mental Health from The University of Hong Kong. He joined Autism Partnership in 2005 and began working directly with students in one-on-one, social group and school settings.

    Starting from 2010, Mr. Lo has been providing overseas consultations to families in Australia, Indonesia, Philippines and South Africa on a regular basis. Apart from providing consultations, he has also been conducting trainings and workshops for professionals in those countries. Currently Mr. Lo is a Behavioral Consultant in Hong Kong office. In addition to providing supervision to individual cases, he is also responsible for providing trainings and workshops for parents and other professionals in Hong Kong.

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