Student Support Services Referral Process

Identification and assessment of student needs often begin at the teacher level, through direct observation. At this level, intervention is delivered in the form of adaptations and adjustments to the learning environment or subject matter. Teacher consultation regarding concerns and progress should occur with parents/guardians and the school team.

When further consultation is needed, the next step is a discussion with a member of the school’s SSS Collaborative Team (C-Team). The SSS consultant, Registered Psychologist, Speech Language Pathologist (SLP), or Occupational Therapist (OT) is typically contacted through the school-based administrative team or the Educational Support Teacher. However, teachers are free to make contact directly.

A discussion with a member of the SSS C-Team will yield either direct strategies to try in the classroom, a team-based meeting for further information and strategy creation, or standardized assessment through formal referral.  Formal referrals cannot be made without initial discussion with the referring consultant. 

Consultations and referrals are typically sought out in the following areas:

Referral:  Behaviour Management

Step 1:
Classroom teacher consults with school-based Educational Support Teacher to brainstorm strategies.

Step 2:
Consult with the Behaviour Management Coach to explore further behaviour management strategies.  Further referrals and consultations may be considered at this step.

To further guide teachers in search of strategies in a user friendly manner, the SRPSD Behavioural Protocol was created.

The Behavioural Protocol is divided into 3 tiers – whole class, student specific, and consultative (with school and division-wide staff – e.g. making referrals). Each tier has a tool box of strategies that arebroken down into areas of difficulty (e.g. behavior management, social-emotional needs, attentional needs, etc.).

The Behavioural Protocol is for teachers to use with any student displaying behavioural or attentional difficulties. The Behavioural Protocol acts as a means to obtain resources and supports from school-based and division-wide staff.

Access, download and use the SRPSD Behavioural Protocol

Referral:  Educational Psychology

Step 1:
Classroom teacher consults with school-based Educational Support Teacher to brainstorm strategies.

Step 2:
If further interventions are required to support students, consult with your school-based Registered Psychologist, SSS Consultant. Formal referral will be decided at that point.

Referral:  Speech and Language Pathology (SLP)

Step 1:
Classroom teacher consults with school-based Educational Support Teacher and brainstorm strategies.

Step 2:
Visit the Speech and Language website for further strategies and tools.

Step 3:
Consult with your school-based Speech and Language Pathologist. Formal referral will be decided at that point.

Referral:  Occupational Therapy (Fine Motor, Gross Motor and Sensory Concerns)

Step 1:
Classroom teacher consults with school-based Educational Support Teacher and brainstorm strategies.

Step 2:
Consult with the Tier 1/2 Occupational Therapist (Christina Lepage).  If necessary, a referral for formal assessments will be decided at that point.

Social-Emotional Concerns

Step 1:
Classroom teacher consults with school based Educational Support Teacher and brainstorm strategies.

Step 2:
Consult with your school-based Social Worker and/or Registered Psychologist. Formal referral will be decided at that point.