It is very important for all family members, professionals, and caregivers to be educated, especially if your family is one of the thousands affected by an Autism Spectrum Disorder, or another Developmental Disorder. There are Seven things all Family Members and Professionals need to know. They are:
1. How to tell if a family member, or a student has an Autism Spectrum Disorder, or another Developmental Disorder.
- There are Developmental Milestones that children reach at certain ages. Examples of these Developmental Milestones include: taking a first step, smiling for the first time, and waving “bye” . Children reach milestones in how they play, learn, speak, behave, and move (crawling, walking, etc.). If a child is delayed in one, or more of these areas, they might have a Developmental Disorder.
- Both Autism Canada and The Centre for Disease Control and Prevention have excellent resources on understanding Developmental Milestones. Please, find their links, below.
- The staff at Our Learning Centre can also assist in determining if a family member has a possible Autism Spectrum Disorder, or another Developmental Disorder and can help develop a list of questions to ask your Family Doctor.
Autism Canada: http://autismcanada.ca/aboutautism/earlysigns.html
2. How do families receive funding?
- Families receive funding through different avenues, including the Government. If you are living in Ontario, Canada, please use the following link for The Ministry of Children and Youth Services to find out if your family is eligible for Governmental Funding.
- Our Learning Centre can assist in the preparation of funding claims.
Ministry of Children & Youth Services: http://www.children.gov.on.ca/htdocs/English/index.aspx
3. What is an IEP?
- IEP is an acronym for Independent Education Plan. Students with learning challenges receive Independent Education Plans if they are attending a Public School (and a select number of Independent Schools) in North America. IEP’s focus on specific areas of strength, weakness, goals to attain, and how the student is going to attain those goals.
- You may use the following link to find examples of IEP’s, as well as a template to use when writing an Independent Education Plan.
- If you are a Teacher and need assistance Writing an IEP, or if you are a Parent and need help deciphering your child’s IEP, Our Learning Centre can help!
4. What is ABA?
- ABA stands for Autism Behaviour Analysis. It is a scientifically based method of Instructing individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders, and other Developmental Disorders. It is a technique that Teachers, and Support Workers, Caregivers and Family Members can use when Communicating With and Instructing Diagnosed Individuals. If you would like to learn some more about ABA, contact The Geneva Centre for Autism, using the following link.
- If you are an Educational Assistant, Teacher, or Family Member and would like to Learn ABA Techniques, please feel free to contact Our Learning Centre to set up a Private Training Session, or Attend one of our ABA Workshops.
5. What is CPI?
- CPI stands for Crisis Prevention Intervention. Crisis Prevention Intervention is something that everyone who Lives With, or Works With individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders, or other Developmental Disorders should know. It is a series of techniques that can be used to protect Yourself, and the Diagnosed Individuals you are working with. The following link will take you to the Home Page of the Crisis Prevention Institute.
- If you would like to learn more about CPI, and how to use it, please contact Our Learning Centre. You may also want to attend one of our CPI Workshops.
6. Do I need to know First Aid?
- Emergencies can happen to Anyone at Anytime. Many Individuals Diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders, and other Developmental Disorders have Food Intolerances, or Allergies. Our Learning Centre will be conducting First Aid Workshops with The St. John’s Ambulance. Please, contact us for further information.
- It is very important that those who are Living and Working with them know what to do in any Emergency, including those caused by Allergies.
- The St. John’s Ambulance offers courses on First Aid. Please, follow the link to find out more.
First Aid: http://www.sja.ca/English/Pages/default.aspx
7. Is a Criminal Reference Check Important?
- A Criminal Reference Check is important because it is a way of ensuring that Everyone who works with venerable individuals has not been Convicted of a Criminal Offence. One way of completing a Criminal Reference Check is through My Back Check.com. You will find the link, below.
Criminal Reference Check: https://www.mybackcheck.com/Public/Login.aspx
If you would like to Attend a Workshop, or Receive more information on any of the topics listed above, please Contact Our Learning Centre.