All children at PALS undergo a thorough assessment of language, learning and life skills to determine their current functional level and skills. Each child is provided with an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) that follows the B.C. Education Curriculum.
Students are placed into the class that best fits their current level of ability to participate in group instruction. Functional communication and peer interaction is encouraged through small group instruction of subjects including social studies, science, the arts and physical education. Students are taught core skills through individualized tactics that reward good behaviours and eventually bring students to a level where they can practice these skills independently. The core skills are then reinforced intermittently to ensure the students generalize and maintain them, building a solid foundation for life.
Each student is guaranteed at least 1.5 hour of one-to-one instruction each day, targeting skills that are more challenging to learn in a group format.
Speech and Language Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Intensive Behaviour Intervention are available to every student to support their Individualized Education Plan and development at PALS Autism School.
To apply the principles of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) to our students’ education plan, PALS Autism School includes parents in the educational process.
Our parents participate in monitoring their child’s behavior at home and can review a detailed analysis of their child’s behavior and activity at school to help ensure the student’s success and progress. We provide an easy-to-access online portal for parents to generate and review this information at home.
- Parents are invited to attend team meetings once a month to discuss their child’s program with the teacher and behaviour analyst.
- Quarterly meetings may be scheduled by the teacher or behaviour analyst with parents to discuss their child’s progress.
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