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Early Intervention Program (EIP) at Mihato Kindergarten Osaka


Ongoing Japanese Early Intervention Program since 2016 at the Mihato Kinderten in Osaka, created by Mr. Cecil Burton, for all children aged 3-6 for supporting children with behavioral issues, handicaps, special needs (ASD, ADHD, Down's syndrome, etc.) and learning difficulties.

This Japanese program was started by Mr. Cecil Burton who started this program in 2016, at Mihato Kindergarten twice a week on Mondays and Thursdays. He does this two days a week and has trained the kindergarten teachers too so that they continue doing this program on the other days of the week. Mr Burton also works part-time as the Saturday School Coordinator at the Deutsche Schule Kobe Internation on Rokko Island, Kobe, where he has started a similar type of Early Intervention Program called the Move To learn Program for studetns aged 5-12 years old. Mr. Burton is also ithe Owner and Director of The Move To Learn Global School (MTLGS) in Takatsuki city Osaka, which is an international inclusive school and has Pre-school, Kindergarten and Elementary school programs for all children. MTLGS also accepts and supports chidlren with handicaps, special needs (ASD, ADHD, Downs Syndrome, Learning Difficulties) , behavioural issues, etc.

Notes on this program

  • This program is not a language based program BUT solely a body and brain training lmovement and activity based program.

  • We foolow the ‘Move to Learn’. program movements, an Australian based program (copyrighted) that was developed more than 35 years ago by Barbara Pheloung to enhance the learning abilities of children through movement. (If you want to know more about this, then please contact Mr. Burton who is the official representative of the Move to Learn company in Japan).

  • In addition Mr. Burton uses his very own ACE program (Activity, Communication and Exercise program).which he has developed in Japan for enhancing the left and right sides of the brain through body coordination.

  • It has an original activity and movement curriculum created by our Saturday school coordinator Mr. Cecil Burton that includes fun filled movements, activities, and play and the use of various equipment.

  • It is conducted primarily only in Japanese.

  • This is a program open to only students with special needs who attend Mihato Kindergarten between the ages 3 to 5

  • There is one class only for all the children and activities and movements are arranged according to each child’s abilities, weaknesses and strengths and pace of growth.

  • Parents are encouraged and permitted to come on any Monday or Thursday and observe this program in which their child is partipitating.


  1. Building the cornerstones to a solid learning foundation for students by using their basic skills, abilities and strengths, while also working on improving their weaknesses, through an activity based holistic approach, in a Japanese immersion environment.

  2. Our focus during this program is on developing, correcting and further enhancing a child’s skills and abilities in learning, thinking, memory, behaviour, communication, gross and fine motor skills, balance and coordination of the brain and body, the body centerline, etc. and challenging them through various fun filled physical and mental activities and movements.

  3. The end goal of this program is to raise every child's level of self-confidence, challenge them outside their comfort zone, better develop their communication and behavior, and that they have better skills and abilities in the application, usage and coordination of both their mind and body for future learning, and to better prepare them when they go up to Elementary school.


Is based on physical and mental activities that could include exercises and movement therapy, songs, dance, appropriate behavioural training, improving their communication skills with peers and adults, individual and group activities, etc. depending on the level of each child.


Any child who is between the ages of 3 ~5 who is attending Mihato Kindergarten.



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