By Julia Rose, Assistant Director, and Speech-Language Pathologist
Regina is a Physical Therapist and Sensory Integration Specialist, and has had experience working in the Philippines and the United States. Regina joined ELG in 2009 and uses a goal-oriented, neuromuscular approach to therapy, focusing on the strengths of the child to help them improve and reach their full potential. She is passionate about helping children thrive holistically and believes the key elements of therapy are, open communication with parents and continuous follow up.
Julia has a master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Radford University in the United States. She has extensive experience working with children who suffer from mild to severe speech, language, cognitive, and swallowing deficits, and she has provided therapeutic services within a variety of clinical settings. She believes progress is achieved through intentional learning, meaningful opportunities, and consistent team collaboration. Julia is passionate about providing children with meaningful opportunities that stimulate their curiosity and foster perseverance.
This is Regina’s fifth year as the Summer Program Director, a role which she really enjoys, as it allows her to gain a different insight at ELG: “As a therapist, I am trained to support a child’s struggle on a one-to-one basis. As a director, it gives me a different perspective on helping them, by supporting and guiding the staff who work with the children.”
Regina and Julia are looking forward to this year’s Summer Program and are thinking of new ways to target developmental skills within a group setting. They both believe that what makes ELG’s Summer Program unique is that it is goal-oriented, which makes it different from any other summer program. Julia notes that “each activity has underlying therapeutic constructs that target motor and or social development. The strategies used are grounded in evidence-based research and the activities are designed to be therapeutic in nature and deliberately disguised as being at play.” Regina highlights the functional skills promoted in each of the activities: story time promotes social skills, while making art and learning how to cook will help children develop their fine motor skills, and musical activities will involve the use of gross motor skills. Julia says that, “the Summer Program provides naturalistic opportunities, which will allow kids to work on improving their skills in a supportive and safe environment. They’ll be able to gain confidence within themselves, something that may be harder to achieve in their typical daily environment.” She stresses that the most important thing about the Summer Program is that the kids play and have fun. “I know those words are quite generic,” she says, “but the more a child is engaged, the more they learn.” In contrast to the strict focus on academia during the school year, the Summer Program’s emphasis on having fun provides more flexible and movement-oriented activities. “Increased play leads to increased engagement and therefore increased learning.”
Regina, Julia, and the rest of us at ELG are so excited to meet you all at this year’s Summer Program!
- Dates: June 19 – July 28, 2017 (registration is on a weekly basis)
- Cost: ¥5350 per week (incl. taxes)
- Location: ELG Puxi Campus, No. 19-20, Lane 209, Zhen Nan Road, Putuo District, Shanghai
To register, call 4006 129 423 or (21) 5206 6273.
Spaces are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.
For more information, please email [email protected].