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    FEAT BC Admin
    Keymaster

    In this discussion area, please feel free to share your experience in implementing A.B.A. programs in the school system. We would particularly like to hear from those parents who converted their school teams to A.B.A. We’d like to hear the nightmares as well as the success stories.

    Any insight that can be shared by school-based special education assistants to help parents would also be very meaningful.

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  • #3964

    Sabrina Freeman
    Participant

    Shelley Davis, ABA autism consultant from San Francisco, will be presenting a workshop sponsored by the Qualicum School District on Saturday, June 10, 9:30 – 3:30 at Springwood Middle School.

    The title of the workshop:
    Supporting Children with Autism at School – an ABA approach.

    The workshop is for Teachers and Teaching Assistants.
    Parents are welcome as well; cost for non-district #69 participants is
    $25.00. Registrations forms are available from Barbara McLeod at (250)
    757 – 8566 or Anne Pearson at Winchelsea Elementary at (250) 248 – 3012.
    For information on the session please call Barbara McLeod.

    #3963

    Hi. I am looking for anyone who currently has their child enrolled in a independant school, either Catholic or another form of Christian school. How was their reception to your child with autism? Was your own aide able to attend the class, etc. Looking for success stories (hopefully) and hoping to say (see, they are doing it in so-and-so). Please email me privately or to the list.

    email – joe_rodrigues@bc.sympatico.ca

    Thanks a lot.

    Barbara Rodrigues

    #3962

    Carol Ywan
    Member

    Hi there,
    After hearing all kinds of stories about school, I am considering sending my son, going to kindergarten this Sept., to private school for grade school. Does anyone know that will private school take children with autism at all? Should I try or "don't even think about it"?
    Thanks a lot.
    Carol Ywan

    #3961

    Isaac
    Participant

    To the anonymous therapist,

    Following up on DeeDee's post regarding the F.E.A.T. submission to the Ministry of Education Special Education Review: if you want to use the report as a resource for your paper, I would recommend the original FEAT BC Brief to School Districts available for download at http://featbc.org/downloads/education.pdf

    It has a bit more detail than the government web site and hopefully fewer typos.

    Isaac
    (Miki*s Dad)

    #3960

    Deleted User
    Member

    To the anonymous therapist and interested others:

    check out the F.E.A.T. submission to the Ministry of Education Special Education Review at the following link:

    http://www.bced.gov.bc.ca/specialed/review/266autism.htm

    DeeDee

    #3959

    Deleted User
    Member

    I am a Senior Therapist and UBC student that will be involved in the school system as an SEA. I'm writing a paper on the treatment of children with Autism in school. I'd like the paper to be highlighted with parent's concerns, suggestions and frustrations, as well as any positive feedback you may have. Your postings will be much appreciated! I plan to present this paper to various school boards in B.C.

    Thanks.

    #3958

    Sabrina Freeman
    Participant

    I’m replying to Carol’s question about full-time verses half-time SEAs (aides) in the school system. I’m hoping that parents on the list who have fought and won for full-time coverage will add to my post; in the meantime, there are a few pieces of information that may help you in your fight. First, you should know that every school district receives $4000 per normally developing child (it used to be $3000 but I think they recently raised the amount to $4000). When a child is classified as autistic, that child’s school automatically receives another $12,500 to educate that child. Unfortunately, $16,500 is slightly less than what a school district requires for a full-time SEAs. Many school districts top up this amount to be able to give the child full-time coverage. Part of the reason they do this is because parents demand it. Another reason they do this is because for some children a half-time aide will put the child at risk. In fact, in Langley (my personal favorite district), an autistic child with insufficient coverage walked away from the school and it took the school 3/4 of an hour to notice he was missing! In addition, Michelle Weis took the Langley School district on two years ago when she fought to have a full-time SEA with her child. Michelle won that battle which resulted in every kindergarten and grade one child with autism receiving a full-time aide.

    Every parent must decide whether they can live with the rationing of SEAs for children who still need full-time support. It is sometimes a good idea to speak with other parents who battled the school district on this very point. In addition, I suggest that anyone encountering problems with a school district, download the FEAT of BC Education Brief from the FEAT BC web-site: http://www.featbc.org/downloads/education.pdf

    In this brief, there are some regulations relevant to our children that you may want to use in your fight.

    Sabrina

    #3957

    Carol Ywan
    Member

    Hi all,
    My son is going to kindergarten this Sept. The school district people told me that due to the budget, he will have to pair up with another child for one SEA (Delta district). Any idea about what kind of approach I can take to get him a full-time SEA, if possible. Or that just won't happen at all?
    Carol Ywan

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