How do the changes affect my child and our family?
On February 6, 2019 the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services announced changes to the Ontario Autism Program. Changes to this announcement have been continuous.
As the model continues to change, Step by Step Learning Group (SBSLG) will continue to provide the services that support growth in our children with ASD and their families. We believe all children have the right to reach their full potential.
Please go to the Ministry website for more information www.ontario.ca/autism.
- If your child was on the OAP wait list before April 1, 2019 then your are on the new OAP wait list and the Ministry's Central Intake and Referral Team will be in contact with you shortly.
- If your child was diagnosed or needs to be place on the wait list after April 1, 2019, please contact the Ontario Autism Program Central Intake and Registration Team (CIRT) to register. Toll free number: 1-888-444-4530
MINISTRY OF EDUCATION
DON’T WAIT FOR AN ASSESSMENT BY THE BOARD,
YOUR CHILD’S BEST EDUCATION IS WAITING.
Lisa Thompson has announced a number of changes to the province’s education system.
- Class size
- Skilled trades
- Full day kindergarten
Some families and professionals support the changes, many do not.
As the education system changes, SBSLG will continue to be committed to assist families in learning how their child learns and retains information. Psycho-educational assessment is a process of testing that uses a variety of techniques and tools to form a hypothesis of learning, behavior and capabilities. A psycho-educational assessment identifies areas of strength and weakness in a student’s learning profile and provides a deeper understanding of their educational abilities. It can identify Learning Disabilities, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Intellectual Disabilities, reading (dyslexia), writing (Dysgraphia) and math (Dyscalculia) challenges that can interfere with learning.
Assessment often leads to the development of an Individual Education Plan (IEP) within the education system. The IEP creates an opportunity for teachers, parents, school administrators, related services personnel, and students (when appropriate) to work together to improve educational results for children. The IEP is thought to be the cornerstone of quality education for each child with a learning difference.