Vera. M. Welsh works hard to ensure that all students have equal opportunity to access the appropriate services that a student may require to be successful in school. We believe that each child should learn and be taught in an Inclusive Educational Environment.
The Student Services and Inclusive Education department can offer the following services to students if they meet the required criteria that is outlined by Alberta Education:
- Speech and Language Pathology
- Occupational Therapy Services
- Physio Therapy Services
- Behaviour Supports
- Early Intervention Programs
- Program Unit Funding for students in Kindergarten or who qualify for Early Intervention Program
- Early Learning Supports
- Mental Health Support
- Student Counseling in School
- Successful Families, Successful Kids program
Vera. M. Welsh. also offers:
- Academic testing
- WIAT Testing
- Opportunities for further Educational Assessment by a Qualified Educational Psychologist
- Student Services Team made up of administration, school counselors, and Student Services Coordinator to support our teachers, to assist them in targeting skills, behaviours, and accessing supports so that the teachers can best serve the students in their class. This team also works directly with students and their families to support them not only in school but out of school as well.
Our district also supports at a division level the development of skills of students and the understanding that at times students may require specialized help with assistive technology, the ability to access a Behaviour Lead Teacher, as well as the access to an Early Education Lead Teacher to better support your child and your child’s teacher in the learning environment.
On My Way Program
As a designated PUF (Program Unit Funding) site, at Vera M. Welsh, the On My Way Program offers programming for pre-school aged children starting at 2 years 6 months, with severe delays.
In On My Way! we engage students in a developmentally appropriate setting through play, books, music and games. We use one on one sessions, small group and whole group activities in an established routine. Students will learn social skills like sharing, taking turns and how to play together. Fun learning is the goal for every day!
Our program is based on the children’s interests and goals. We work collaboratively with professionals such as, Speech Language Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, and Physio Therapists to create developmentally appropriate programming that meets each individual child’s needs. They will learn through play and other activities such as songs, games, crafts, and anything that will stimulate the use of authentic language. We focus on enhancing the children’s speech and language and academic readiness by teaching skills in a play-based environment while using developmentally appropriate programming:
- following routines
- taking turns
- getting along with others
- problem solving
- social communication
Physical Skills and Well-Being
- playing games
- riding bikes
- sensory exploration
- sensory exploration
- hand strengthening skills (preparing for pencil holding)
Language and Communication
- language development
- listening skills
- story re-telling/sequencing
- social communication
- communicating with peers
- specific goal-based language needs (such as pronouns, prepositions, vocabulary development, etc.)
These skills will be acquired through play and interactions with adults, some examples are:
- recognizing your name
Student Advocacy Counselor
Our Student Advocacy Counselor works with the principal, teachers and parents to ensure that each child is provided the best possible learning and social environment.
The Student Advocacy Counselor, along with other specialists from the School Division, work to provide information about children and how they learn. With this information, school is better able to adjust the child's program.
Through preventative programs offered to each grade level, the emphasis is placed on practical personal development skills for the students.
The Student Advocacy Counselor also talks with children who seem to be having difficulty adjusting to some aspect of their environment. This may involve meeting with the parents, teachers or other concerned individuals in an effort to help the child.
If you have any particular concerns regarding your child, please feel free to contact our counselor or family outreach worker at 623-4672.
Successful Families, Successful Kids Program
The Successful Families, Successful Kids Program is there to help you family in and outside the school setting. This will be done in a safe and confidential setting.
We offer the following:
Referrals - Advocacy - Follow up & Support - Information & Education
Offer emotional support for students and their families dealing with a variety of barriers. Strive to create a supportive relationship with families helping them to be successful in their health and wellness needs. Offering tools to enhance your families mental, physical and emotional well being. Helping families develop practical solutions in an effort to prevent barriers from occurring. Through preventative support and focusing on family strengths, we strive to make your child's school experience positive and healthy!