Learning Support Program: Communication

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Student Group:
Special Education

Communication classes are small class settings for students unable to reach their academic potential in a regular setting due to a severe language deficit. Academic skills are developed through individualized programs which parallel the regular curriculum wherever possible. 

Communication classes are small class settings for students unable to reach their academic potential in a regular setting due to a severe language deficit. Academic skills are developed through individualized programs which parallel the regular curriculum wherever possible. The goal of the program is to develop language skills and compensatory strategies to enable students with deficits reach their full potential.

STUDENT PROFILE

Students are appropriate candidates for referral to this program when they:

  • meet the ministry criteria for learning disabilities (Q) moderate to severe learning disabilities
  • exhibit an uneven pattern of development, with deficits in some or all of the following areas: comprehension, expression, auditory perception and auditory memory; and
  • show delays in language abilities of at least two years in the primary grades and of at least three years in the higher grades;

deficits are NOT primarily resultant from factors such as:

  • sensory or motor impairments
  • intellectual impairment
  • emotional disturbance (and/or lack of motivation to learn)
  • lack of opportunity to learn
  • English as a Second Language

~ have average ability on non-verbal measures of cognition

~ require intervention beyond the school’s resources

 

SELECTION / SCREENING

Communication Class referrals must be submitted to the Screening Committee.

 

DOCUMENTATION REQUIRED

□ referral to Screening form

□ psychological assessment

□ speech and language assessment

□ Individual Education Plan (IEP)

□ medical report, (if available)

□ School based team minutes

 

EXIT CRITERIA

~ Students are reviewed on a regular basis and if a change in placement is recommended a referral is submitted to the Screening Committee.

~ Placement in a regular classroom is recommended when students have developed skills to a level which will allow them to function successfully. 

 

CAPACITY AND STAFFING

~ Grades 3 to 7 (8-12 year of age)

~ Program capacity is 15 students

~ 1 Teacher

 

PROGRAM LOCATIONS

Kingsford-Smith Elementary      

Norquay Elementary

General Wolfe Elementary