The Individual Education Plan
"All Students with special need must have an IEP". Section C
Prior to accessing additional services it is requested that your child must have some level of service in place, eg. Learning Assistance or an Individual Education Plan. An IEP outlines modifications or adaptations for the student and services that are to be provided. This is a tailor made education plan that will follow your child through Elementary school to Secondary School. The Information below provides a number of categories for special funding. The special funding is then used to gain the maximum benefit for the student. Teaching Assistants are often accessed as additional education support for students with epilepsy if learning has been adversely affected or if seizures are frequent and uncontrolled.
As a parent it is important your are involved and included in any IEP meetings that take place usually at the beginning of the school year. Having input and being aware of the recommendations, adaptations, or modifications planned for your child is crucial to understanding your child's education plan.
Special Considerations, Services: (Section D)
Learning Assistance is designed for children with " mild to moderate difficulties in learning and adjustment".
School Psychologist plays a number of roles in the School District. Their purpose is " non-categorical educational and mental health services designed to support students"and provide collaborative consultation, assist with pre-referral interventions, provide psycho educational assessments for students referred by the school based team, may contribute to the design of on IEP.
Speech and Language Pathology: These services are designed to assist students "whose educational and /or social progress is adversely affected by communication difficulties. 'Any student with delayed, disordered or atypical speech and /or language skills should be brought to the attention of the speech and language pathologist.
Physiotherapy/Occupational Therapy: "Is primarily directed toward the prevention and alleviation of movement dysfunction to promote maximum independence for the student.."
Hospital/Homebound Education Services are available to those students with medical conditions including injury, disease, surgery, pregnancy, or psychological disability. Verification from your physician is required in writing or the completion of a Ministry form by your doctor, before services are provided. The purpose is "to enable students to continue their education program while absent from school for periods during the school year because of illness or related medical/psychiatric, reasons. These services can be accessed by your classroom teacher or administrator.
Special Considerations for Individual Planning: Section E pg.41
(Children that are facing impacts on their education due to seizures or medication are most compatible with this category for supplemental funding.)
Teaching Assistants often work in classrooms with students when disabilities are identified and or seizures are frequent or uncontrolled.
Students with Physical Disabilities or Chronic Health Impairments.
Students in this category are considered to have a chronic health impairment or" physical disability based on the need for special educational services due to one or more of the following: