The goal of the ASD SSP is to enhance supports available to school boards in the provision of educational services to students with ASD in publicly funded school boards in Ontario, in both French and English. To meet this goal, three program areas have been defined as: Consultation, Training, and Resource Development.
The objectives of the ASD SSP are: to enhance the knowledge of school board staff with respect to the characteristics of students with ASD; supplement the knowledge and skills of school board staff with respect to principles of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA); provide effective behavioural teaching strategies and other evidence-based teaching strategies as appropriate, and how they may support students with ASD in elementary and secondary schools; facilitate linkages between school boards, McMaster Children's Hospital and community supports to benefit students with ASD.
The ASD SSP may assist with and enhance services in these areas:
The principles of ABA and other evidence-based teaching strategies which can be used in schools and classrooms.
Understanding the characteristics of students with ASD.
Teaching strategies to improve communication, social skills and life skills of students with ASD.
Reviewing the environmental supports/structures that can lead to greater success for students with ASD.
Collaboration in the development, planning, facilitation and delivery of learning opportunities for educators.
Identification, development and/or distribution of educational materials for school board personnel.
Enhancing knowledge of and familiarity with non-educational services and supports available in the community for students with ASD.