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Supportive Programmes

Special Assistance

Special assistance can be given to students who are experiencing temporary difficulties with learning, depending on the resources available at school. Special assistance is arranged with the subject teacher, as requested by the student, guardian or recommended by the teacher.

Special Education

FISTA has three special education teachers: Kristiina Launiala for grades 1-3, Elisa Tostlebe for grades 4-6 and Sanna Vilkman for grades 7-9.

The special education teacher assists students with learning difficulties or challenges in various subjects. This applies to all grades.

The special education teacher meets each 1st grader at the beginning of the school year. Based on teachers’ observations and/or surveys, students may be given extra support in subjects such as reading and writing, mathematics or articulation training.

Special education is usually provided as simultaneous teaching, in small groups or as individual training. Guardians are welcome to observe lessons.

Student welfare

Student welfare promotes the well-being of the student by work that is done by all members of the school community. All schools with basic education have their own student welfare teams that meet at regular intervals. In their meetings, the team discusses matters that concern the well-being of a student or a whole class. The student welfare team also coordinates and develops the school's work in order to promote the students' well-being and to take their special needs into consideration in school work.

A student welfare team consists of the school psychologist, school social worker, guidance counselor, school nurse, guidance counselor, special education teacher, principal or vice principal, classroom or homeroom teacher.

School social workers and school psychologists

Pupils in basic education and their parents and teachers can have conversational support and expert consultation on request from the school social workers and school psychologists. Matters needing consultation can be, for instance, learning and concentration difficulties, problems with schoolmates, problems in behaviour, neglecting schoolwork, bullying, matters concerning the mental health of the pupil and acute crisis connected with going to school. Solutions to these problems are usually found by joint effort with the home, teacher, school psychologist and other members of the student welfare team. School social workers and school psychologists are also members of the pupil welfare team of the school. The parents can, if needed, contact the school psychologist or school social worker directly and make an appointment with them

The school psychologist helps and supports students, their families and the teachers in matters related to schoolwork, and the student's growth and development. Together with parents and teachers, the psychologist studies and sorts out problems related to the student's school work, and other situations of everyday life, clarifies the need for support and treatment, and offers short-term therapeutic counseling. Parents may also contact the school psychologist directly when help is needed.

School psychologist Laura Oksanen phone: 050-307 8348

The role of the school social worker is to support and help the student in his studies and social development. An effort is made to prevent, correct and remove factors causing social disorders and social problems at school. Cooperation between students, their families, the teachers and the school health care service plays a central role here. The school social worker directs students and their parents to services outside of the school when necessary, and cooperates with a variety of service-givers. Students can go to see the school social worker either on their own initiative, or after being asked to do so by their parents, a teacher or the school nurse. The main aims of the school social worker's activities are to support the social growth and well-being of students, and to help them to a more comfortable adjustment to school.

School social worker Kirsi Vanhanen phone: 040-801 6814

KiVA -School Project



FISTA is involved in the KiVA schoolproject. (Project against bullying)