ELS Overview

ELS: the organisation and the system

ELS is an organisation dedicated to the support of children with learning differences and developmental delays. This is achieved through research and development of educational methods and materials as well as providing training and support to teachers, parents, caregivers and professionals who work with children having individualised and specialised needs.

ELS provides an individualised learning programme with a developmental focus. It is used by ELS “educational therapists”, working one on one with individual children, or in educational therapeutic support of children following a home schooling programme. It is also used within specialised schooling environments as the “educational therapeutic programme” alongside the national curriculum followed by the school. As ELS is an individualised learning programme with a developmental focus, it is not restricted to the child with “special needs”. It can be used with a neurotypically developing child, ensuring early childhood development of language, auditory and visual perceptual skills, literacy and numeracy.

The programme consists of 5 core learning areas: visual perception; auditory perception and language which in turn support the development of numeracy and literacy. The ELS programme is presented in the form of a manual and record / work book (for each learning area) which are used simultaneously. The record / work book allows an accurate recording of a child’s progress through the various stages of each core learning area.

An Individualised Educational  Programme (IEP) indicates which combination of ELS learning areas is appropriate for a particular learner. The IEP is generated as a result of a test battery, administered by an educational psychologist or appropriately trained and registered psychometrist (under supervision of an educational psychologist).

A teacher, learning support specialist, or tertiary trained professional working in the field of specialised support for children with delays and difficulties is required to attend the training in ELS methodology and receives the manual, a set of workbooks and a basic “kit of learning materials” at the training. Additional workbooks and educational materials that support the ELS methodology are available and can be ordered “online”.

ELS is a “dynamic” programme in that it is constantly revised as new research reveals greater understanding of how our brains receive, process and “output” information. A yearly registration to ELS is required in order to receive annual updates.

ELS is owned, developed and supported by Dr Lyn Thijsse. (Educational Psychologist). Production of the ELS materials is done as much as possible through organisations providing employment for those with “learning, physical and cognitive challenges”.