For Parents, For Schools & For Professionals
SPRINT (Sharing Professional Ressources, Ideas & New Techniques) :
helps families with special needs children find the appropriate educational, medical, and therapeutic services.
informs parents about programs offered in various international and bilingual schools.
refers newly arrived and resident families to appropriate specialists for assessments, therapy, medical specialists, and remediation.
refers departing families to specialists abroad.
connects parents to support networks.
Members of SPRINT have expertise in many aspects of special needs, including, but not limited to: developmental delay, autism, communication and learning problems, physical handicaps, adjustment and behavioral difficulties, attention deficit disorder, giftedness and tutoring.
EKIPP (Extraordinary Kids In Paris - and Parents too)
EKIPP is a parent information and support network for families of children with special learning needs, who are differently abled, have chronic medical conditions, or who have other special needs. They welcome families with autism, Down syndrome, and other visible or invisible needs. EKIPP was peviously known as SPAN (SPRINT’s Parents Action Network).
Monthly parent information meetings
Information on medical assessments and diagnoses, therapist options and funding sources
Free weekly playgroups
Private facebook group
Help in naviguating the MDPH system
Monthly email updates
Help in explaining medical and other forms and documents
Parent get-togethers and annual family picnics
Information and support regarding school choice and in-school accommodations in both the French public and Anglophone private systems
Kidjam’s music and movement classes, created in 2010 by Valerie Beatson, are an introduction to music for abled and disabled youngsters (3 months to 7 years). Valerie, an American opera singer, accompanied by a pianist, blends improvisation and pedagogy. Using musical props, games & movement, children are encouraged to express themselves, exploring sounds and words in English and French.
“KidJam classes are run in an inclusive setting. Surely for the benefit of kids with exceptionalities, but equally for the benefit of everyone else! Learning to accept differences, and to develop healthy communication skills with all our peers is crucial. No matter what their super power, no matter what their disability, no matter how you spin it, we are all created equal, and benefit from our connections. This understanding and a tool belt to go with it, is the greatest gift we can give our children and ourselves! So whatever your child’s needs, know they will be given every chance in the KJ house.”
SPRINT offers the following services for schools and teachers:
Informing teachers regarding new techniques.
Support in integrating children with special needs.
In-service training for teachers and learning support assistants.
Consultation for schools regarding child-parent interactions.
Talks for student on a variety of topics (e.g. eating disorders, social skills, organizational skills…)
Support for school staff in addressing challenging situations with children (e.g. suspected abuse)
Helping teachers determine whether a child needs a referral or evaluation.
SPRINT offers the following services for professionals:
An opportunity for professionals to share ideas and new developments in the field.
Monthly meetings for networking and discussing specific topics.
An opportunity to meet with a range of professionals outside your own specialty.
Facilitation of team-work when several professionals are involved with a child or family.
Want to become a professional member of SPRINT ?
Download SPRINT new membership application here
Want to become a school/association member of SPRINT ?
Download the school/assocation SPRINT membership application here
Current members of SPRINT ?
Download the SPRINT renewal membership form here