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District Supports

Speech and Language Services

District Speech and Language Pathologists (SLP) provide services related to screening, identifying, assessing, managing, rehabilitating and preventing communication disorders. Communication delays and disorders affect:
      • articulation (sound production);
      • receptive language (both understanding and reading);
      • expressive language (both speaking and writing); 
      • fluency (stuttering), and
      • voice.
These services may be provided as direct therapy or as consultation with other members of a school team. Speech and Language Pathologists in our district are certified by Speech-Language and Audiology Canada and must maintain registration with the College of Speech and Hearing Health Professionals of BC.
District Teacher of the Hard of Hearing

A student is considered to be deaf or hard of hearing when they have a medically diagnosed hearing loss which results in substantial educational difficulty. The educational program for students who are deaf or hard of hearing includes instruction in:
      • working with school teams to develop an Individual Education Plan (IEP);
      • performing classroom observations and assessments;
      • providing information regarding hearing loss, implications and suggested strategies;
      • providing in-service on hearing loss and related issues;
      • teaching skills that are unique to students with hearing loss;
      • for deaf students - signing and all related skills;
      • for hard of hearing students - ensure equipment is available;
      • teaching self-advocacy skills for independent learning and thinking;
      • keeping students abreast on current technologies;
      • liaising with community agencies and support groups;
      • assisting with program or school transitions; and
      • providing consultative services for students.
District Elementary Counselling Services
Elementary school counsellors support social/emotional needs of students by providing the following supports:
      • individual (or group) counselling for students (Kindergarten to Grade 7); 
      • support students with emotional concerns, life challenges, or to assist with skill development; and
      • address anxiety, depression, poor social choices, behaviour struggles, events at home which affect school life.
School Psychologist
Services are district-based, non-categorical educational and mental health services designed to support students, school personnel and parents in understanding and enhancing academic, adaptive and social skills for students.The school psychologist:
      • provides collaborative consultation;
      • may assist with pre-referral interventions;
      • provides psycho-educational assessment for students referred by the school-based team;
      • writes formal psycho-educational assessments which serve as diagnostic and planning functions for students with special needs and may include assessment of cognitive functioning;
      • provides information that assists teachers and parents to better understand the nature of the special need, developmental factors, and educational, social, emotional and career implications;
      • may provide ongoing collaborative planning;
      • may contribute to the design and evaluation of the Individual Education Plan (IEP); and
      • may provide in-service training in the area of assessment.