The Autism Resource Centre (ARC) is a Secondary program to support students diagnosed with Autism who are working towards a Dogwood Certificate. The focus of the program is to support students during the school day through social skills training and executive functioning or organizational skills.
Students have an 8 block timetable with 1-2 blocks together in a group participating in the social skills training program. Each students’ course load will be determined through an IEP process.
Students are appropriate for placement in this program when they:
- have a diagnosis of Autism (G)
- are able to attend classes with minimal support
- are able to work independently during parts of the day in a classroom setting
- have independent life skills
- meet academic expectations, at least minimally, with adaptations and support
- require social skills development
- may exhibit behaviour related to their high level of anxiety / mental health
Autism Resource Centre referrals must be submitted to the Case Manager for Learning Support.
Students are reviewed on a regular basis and if a change in placement is recommended a referral is submitted to Learning Services. 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
Up to 15 students
1 Teacher and SSA
(number of Support Staff depends on Student profiles)
David Thompson Secondary