THE DREAMTREE SCHOOL ADMISSION

Admission Process

The DreamTree School makes provision for children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or associated learning disorders. This spectrum indicates that, despite the existence of common core features, different subgroups of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder present their own pattern of symptoms.

Criteria as set out in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders 5 (DSM 5) are used to establish whether a learner is on the autism spectrum. An official diagnosis of ASD should be made by a Developmental Paediatrician, Paediatric Neurologist, Child Psychiatrist or an informed Child Psychologist. Documents supporting a diagnosis must be sent to the school. The Programme Director will decide on each individual case and a further observation period may be arranged. Should your child meet the admission requirements and be a suitable candidate for DreamTree, the Programme Director will inform you in writing.

In the case of a child having an associated Neuro-Developmental Disorder, autistic traits must be the dominant features in the child’s profile. Extra measures will be taken to determine if the child will benefit from a placement at The DreamTree School.

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Admission Requirements

The DreamTree School makes provision for learners with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and associated Neuro-Developmental Disorders.  This spectrum indicates that, despite the existence of common core features, different subgroups of learners with Autism Spectrum Disorder present their own pattern of symptoms.  The school admits the following sub-groups depending on suitability for the DreamTree environment:

  • Autism
  • Asperger’s Syndrome
  • Pervasive Developmental Disorder (Not Otherwise Specified) PDD (NOS).

Criteria as set out in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders IV, Text Revised, (DSM-IV-TR, -2004) are used to establish whether a learner is on the spectrum. An official diagnosis of ASD should be made by a Developmental Paediatrician, Paediatric Neurologist, Child Psychiatrist or an informed Child Psychologist.

In the case of a child having an associated Neuro-Developmental Disorder, autistic traits must be the dominant features in the child’s profile. Extra measures will be taken to determine if the child will benefit from a placement at The DreamTree School.


Additional requirements:

  1. The learner should be able to or have the potential to function within a group setting.
  2. The learner should be between the ages of 5 and 12.
  3. The main official language of the school is English.
  4. All learners should be toilet-trained and have the potential to learn the basic self-help skills.
  5. A learner with a mild physical disability will be considered depending on the level of support he/she needs to function in the group setting.
  6. Assessment reports are needed from a Psychologist/Psychiatrist, Speech and Occupational Therapist done in the past 12 months.
  7. An initial, informal one day observation may be followed by a further two week formal observation.
  8. The parent/legal guardian agrees to pay the school the school fee as determined by the Governing Body of the school.
  9. Parents might be requested to consider giving consent to private therapies if this is advised by the school.

The parents will receive written notification of the admission if their child has been accepted into The DreamTree School.  Admission is always conditional upon the applicant still meeting all admission requirements at the end of each year.

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Classroom Structure

Class 1:
Class 1 will admit children in the year that they turn 6, and, depending on the learner, can serve as a pathway to joining Classroom 2.
Class 2: 
The learners’ abilities and/ or ages in Classroom 2 will be within the Foundation Phase.
Class 3: 
This classroom provides for the needs of our learners beyond the age of 11.

Please contact Elaine Brand for further information.

+27 (0) 798668979
elainebrand80@gmail.com
info@thedreamtreeschool.co.za

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The Dream Tree School for Children with Autism Somerset West

The Dream Tree School for Children with Autism Somerset West

The Dream Tree School for Children with Autism Somerset West

The Dream Tree School for Children with Autism Somerset West

The Dream Tree School for Children with Autism Somerset West

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