Glenwood School operates an Interdivisional Program for Students with Autism (IPSA)
IPSA is a partnership between school divisions and Manitoba Education, Citizenship and Youth (MECY). It is designed for students who have a medical diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder and who require intensive programming within a specialized setting with access to teachers and clinicians with expertise in autism. IPSA is available to school divisions that require an alternate setting for students with autism with priority given where local resources cannot meet the student’s programming requirements. The purpose of the program is to assess each student’s strengths and needs and to identify the best approaches and resources to facilitate their development.
The emphasis is on developing communication abilities and enhancing social competence while furthering individual academics and/or life skills growth. The amount of integration into regular classrooms with age-appropriate peers varies, according to the priorities for each student. Along with the parents, a team of professionals develop an Individual Educational Plan (IEP) to specifically address the needs of each student. The school team consists of a psychologist, a speech therapist and classroom and resource teachers. Members of this team provide consultation and direct intervention throughout the school year and educational assistants help to implement the IEP under the guidance of the teachers. The IEP is the focus of discussion at the parent/teacher meetings and allows for ongoing evaluation of student-specific outcomes. This collaboration among all team members is crucial to help students generalize new skills across events, people and places.
- The purpose of IPSA is to assess the student’s strengths and needs, and develop appropriate educational programming. The focus is to develop skills in the areas of communication, socialization, and independent living skills and to encourage academic growth. Inclusion into age- or grade-appropriate classrooms will vary according to each student’s needs/abilities and the school’s ability to accommodate these students in the regular classroom.
- The needs of each student will be assessed yearly and be re-evaluated at entry to early, middle and senior years.
- A long-term goal is to transition the student into his/her home school and community. During any transition period, the home school, the parents, the home school division and the IPSA program staff will work collaboratively to develop the student’s educational program.
In determining a student’s eligibility, the following factors are considered:
- A medical diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Cognitive ability
- Social competence
- Communication skills
- The student requirement for a specialized setting