SRPSD Intensive Supports Personnel: Roles and Responsibilities

Consultants

Speech & Language Pathologists

Registered Psychologists

Occupational Therapists

School Social Workers

Behaviour Management Coach

English as an Additional Language (EAL) Teachers

Intensive Supports Consultants

  • Available to help staff meet the needs of students and who are having difficulties learning. These include:
    • Consult regarding student behavioral, social-emotional, and/or academic concerns.
    • Facilitate referrals to in-division and out-of-division services.
    • Support school staff when working with parents and outside agencies.
    • Collaborate with school staff, families and outside agencies in order to determine appropriate educational programs for students.
    • Facilitate support for traumatic incidents.

Speech-Language Pathologists

  • Assist school teams in supporting students who are displaying difficulties in the areas of speech and language.  Students may display one or more of the following characteristics:
    • Difficulty using and / or understanding language (e.g., following directions, grammar, vocabulary, etc.)
    • Difficulty saying speech sounds
    • Difficulty communicating verbally
    • Hypo or hypernasality (typically seen in students with cleft palate)
    • Voice disorders (e.g., hoarseness)
    • Difficulty hearing
    • Swallowing disorders
    • Social interaction disorders (e.g., autism spectrum disorder, selective mutism, etc.)
  • Services are provided through screenings, consultations, assessments, classroom-based programs, home programs and referrals to outside agencies.

SRPSD Speech Language Pathology Service Delivery Model

Click here to visit the Speech-Language Pathologist’s website.

Registered Psychologists

  • Assist school teams in supporting students who are displaying difficulties with learning and/or behavior.  This includes:
    • Students who struggle significantly with academics, social-emotional and/or behavioural concerns.
    • Facilitate support for traumatic incidents.
    • Provide counseling as needed.
  • Services are provided through consultations, classroom-based observations, and formal and informal assessments.
SRPSD Educational Psychology Service Delivery Model
SRPSD Educational Psychology Web Page

Occupational Therapists

  • Assist school teams in supporting students displaying difficulties with fine motor, gross motor and sensory processing.  This includes:
    • Students who are overly clumsy
    • Students who have not determined dominant hand
    • Students who struggle with printing or writing.
    • Students who appear to seek out or avoid sensory experiences
    • Students with self-regulation challenges
  • Services are provided through consultations, classroom-based observations, formal and informal assessments, as well as group workshops and inservices.
SRPSD Occupational Therapy Service Delivery Model
SRPSD Occupational Therapy Web Page

School Social Workers

  • Support students who are experiencing difficulties in maintaining a healthy social, emotional and/or behavioural state.  This includes:
    • Students who struggle with family circumstances, social/emotional well-being, mental health, behavioural concerns, peer relations and fulfilling basic needs.
    • Support with traumatic incidents.
    • Provide counseling as needed.
    • Facilitate student support groups.
    • Assess student needs and refer to appropriate supports.
    • Work with and support the family as a whole.
  • Services are obtained through outside or self-referral and are provided one-on-one or as a group.
SRPSD School Social Work Web Page

Behaviour Management Coach

  • Support classroom teachers in the implementation of behaviour management strategies
  • Model strategies in the classroom for the classroom teacher
  • Targeted interventions with groups of students requiring more intensive supports
  • Member of C-Team to provide consultative supports for students with complex needs.
  • Professional development for school teams
SRPSD Behaviour Management Web Page

English as an Additional Language (EAL) Teachers

  • Assist English Language Learners (ELLs) in acquiring the necessary language and skills to be successful in school. Students who are considered English Language Learners include:
    • newcomers to the country, as well as
    • long-term learners who have been in Canada seven or more years, but still require language assistance.
  • Services are dependent on the individual needs of the student and may include:
    • “pull out” language lessons
    • supplemental support a student can work on independently
    •  EAL credit classes (secondary level)
    • drop-in support in the EAL room (secondary level)
    • resources
    • workshops and
    • tips and strategies for those staff members who work with ELLs.
SRPSD EAL Web Page