KidsAbility School currently operates half-day specialized education programs for junior kindergarten-aged children (4 years of age) who have communication, physical and/or developmental disabilities.
The one-year programs focus on early identification, early intervention and transition into community schools.
The school programs:
- Develop the child’s skills in communication, social interaction, physical skills for daily routines, self-esteem, and self-confidence
- Develop the child’s ability to function in a group setting
- Determine appropriate therapy equipment and learning strategies
- Provide support and strategies to families to prepare for the child’s transition to a community school
Kindergarten Program and IEPs
The education expectations at KidsAbility School are based on the Kindergarten Program developed by the Ministry of Education.
Click here to view the Ministry of Education Kindergarten Program.
Individual Education Plans (IEPs) are developed to meet the specific learning needs of each child. Teachers, parents, educational assistants, and therapists work as teams to combine education and therapy to meet the unique needs of each child.
For information about Individual Education Plans, click here.
KidsAbility School Class Profiles
Children referred to the Composite classes have communication and physical disabilities. Some children may have developmental disabilities and have cognitive delays greater than 2 years as well as complex medical needs. Children in the Composite classes generally require the services of Speech Language Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, and Physiotherapists and some may require Augmentative Communication Services and/or Seating & Mobility Services.
Children referred to the Communication classes have moderate to severe delays in receptive and expressive language as well as some difficulty with social skills and the use of pragmatic language. Children may also have auditory processing difficulties and behavioural and sensory issues. Delays in fine and gross motor skills may also be evident. Some children in the Communication classes may present as having overall cognitive delays and some may have a diagnosis of Autism. Children in the Communication classes generally require the services of Speech Language Pathologists and Occupational Therapists. A few may require the services of a Physiotherapist.
Early Learning Classes
Children referred to the Early Learning classes have moderate to severe delays in receptive and expressive language. Some children may present with special needs in some or all of the following areas: learning and applied knowledge, motor skills, sensory needs, self-care skills, and communication skills. Children in the Early Learning classes generally require the services of Speech Language Pathologists and Occupational Therapists.