The School Support Program provides consultation, expertise, training and resources to school board staff through four key service areas:
1. Connections for Students
The Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Children and Youth Services have developed Connections for Students, a collaborative approach to implementing a seamless transition for children exiting their publicly funded Intensive Behavioural Intervention treatment program to full time school entry.
This service begins approximately six months before a child enters school on a full time basis with the formation of a school-based transition team, and will continue for up to six months there after.
Transition team members include the school principal, parents, teacher, School Support Program-ASD Consultants, school board staff with applied behaviour analysis (ABA) expertise, and other team members as required.
The services provided by the School Support Program- ASD Consultants may include information gathering & sharing, collaborative planning, observation in both the IBI treatment program and school classroom, and educational staff support through training and resource development.
Expertise in educating students with ASD can be offered through a number of consultation services, which may include:
- supporting individual teachers, teaching assistants and other school board and school authority staff by recommending effective teaching and behavioural strategies for the classroom
- participating in school based learning communities
- linking educators to other community services for children and youth with ASD
The training sessions provided to school board personnel help children and youth with ASD to achieve their educational goals.
At a school’s request and if SSP staffing resources allow, presentations on topics that meet their individual needs are offered. For example:
- Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Introduction to Applied Behaviour Analysis
- Social Skills
- Visual Strategies
4. Resource Development and Distribution
The School Support Program may assist school board personnel in developing and sharing resource materials. This may involve sharing existing professional materials or identifying and developing new, specialized materials.