Below are the programs & services offered by the Student Services team at
General Vanier School:
- Student Services
- All students at General Vanier are valued and respected members of our
learning community. Our Student Services team supports all students, including
those with exceptional learning needs. Students with exceptional learning needs
are those who require specialized services or programming because of
social/emotional, behaviour, sensory, physical, cognitive/intellectual
communication, academic or special health-care needs that interfere with their
- Our student services support team includes our school administration,
resource teacher/counsellor, behaviour support teacher, classroom teacher(s) and
others who have responsibility for students with exceptional learning needs such
as our Clinical Services (Speech and Language, Psychology, Social Work,
Occupational Therapy, Aboriginal Support Teachers and Physiotherapy). The team
is important in helping students to feel included and plan for their success. At
times, this includes the developing and monitoring of IEPs (Individual Education
- Our Student Services team is involved in the planning and implementation of
many programs throughout the year. The team collaborates with teachers to
recognize and address individual, group and whole class needs. An important
aspect of Student Services is to communicate with parents and outside agencies
to ensure that appropriate programming and supports are in place so that every
child is successful.
- Early Literacy Intervention and Support
- To Support Early Reading Intervention (ERI) and Reading Recovery in Grade 1
to 4 students who require added assistance with reading and writing in LRSD's
English program schools.
- ERI adds daily reading and writing instruction for small groups of students.
Interventions are designed to augment the regular classroom program and provide
individual and specific practice of reading skills. With added support from the
Early Literacy Support Teacher, students learn reading and writing strategies
through guided practice, appropiate book selection and ongoing observation of
their progress in a small group setting. This assists beginning readers to
improve their reading comprehension, fluency and accuracy.
- Skills for Living Programs (Early and Middle Years)
- The Skills for Living Program provides an alternative setting intended for
students with profound developmental and/or multiple disabilities. It offers a
low student-to-teacher ratio with the support of educational assistants within a
K - Grade 8 school. Opportunities for reverse integration and whole classroom inclusion occur as allow.
- Behaviour Support Teacher
- Children do well if they can. - Ablon and Green, 2004
- The positive behaviour support teacher supports students' social and emotional needs by collaborating and programming with teachers and families. Some children need to learn
how to navigate the school environment. These skills are often taken for
granted. Children who experience school adjustment problems are at high risk for
negative developmental outcomes. Researchers have reported associations between
school adjustment problems in academic and peer relations and (1) behaviour
problems, (2) attention deficits and hyperactivity, (3) anxiety, (4) learning
disabilities and (5) impaired cognitive ability.
- Social skills need to be taught and children who are not doing well
adjusting to school often have social skill deficits. It is the role of the
positive behaviour support teacher to work with teachers and students and teach
the necessary social skills in order for children to be successful. The PBS
teacher also works with the Clinical Services Department to program for students
who require specialized treatment.
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