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Dear friends,

As our 10th anniversary year continues, we are grateful for unique opportunities to continue furthering our mission of helping children and families in China. In a letter to the community, ELG co-founder Andrew Hill takes us behind-the-scenes of the two Autism Awareness events that took place earlier this month, designed to bring different organizations together to raise awareness of Autism Spectrum Disorder in China. ELG staff partnered with the amazing people at our sister NGO , Xiersen, along with other local organizations.

We hope you join us in future endeavors to improve special education in China.

– The Essential Learning Group Team

In this Newsletter… 

–          Join us for a seminar on Thursday, May 19th with Davy Guo, Mental Health Counselor, on new approaches to transitioning and coping with change. Click to register!

–          Newly-certified Dyslexia Trainer Albine Klawatsch (one of our Occupational Therapists) shares with us some “red flags” for determining whether anEducational Dyslexia Assessment , meant to determine dyslexia, is needed.

–          Registration for our Summer Program is now open! June 20th – August 5th, full time (with a partial-day option). Children can sign up for a week at a time.Register by May 16th to enjoy our early bird discount! 

–          Join ELG specialists on Saturday April 30, 4pm-7pm to conclude Autism Awareness Month with an event for international and local teachers and educators. Different organizations will be on-site to provide resources and educational activities. Food and drink vendors will be on site as well! The event will take place at Cambio Coffee, 280 Aomen Lu (near Changhua Lu) and is free to attend.

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Finding out that your child has special needs can be difficult. A parent of one of the children in our full time program shared with us his story of finding out that his daughter is on the Autism Spectrum.

Senior Program Assistant Blair Tang writes about a recent outing with her program participants at The Innovative Learning Center, in celebration of Earth Month.

Educational Support Services in Shanghai: What’s Available and How to Get the Best Support for Your Child

Our Clinic Director and Social Worker, Fiona Yapp, talks about the evolution of educational services in our community, and how different professionals work together to support children and families.

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Child protection training for Lifeline Shanghai, speaking at TEDx Shanghai and more!


Dyslexia 101: Intro and Red Flags

Occupational Therapist and Certified Dyslexia Trainer, Albine Klawatsch talks about dyslexia and shares 14 red flags for identifying dyslexia in school-aged children.


ELG Without Borders: Supporting Qingdao

Counseling Psychologist Davy Guo talks about his work with an international school in Qingdao, and what it meant to him.