The Learning Supports department provides consultation, assessment, and interventions to all 39 schools for students in school aged 3 to 22 years. The degree of services offered vary by grades and professionals. Team members provide professional development on a variety of topics for students, staff, parents, and communities.
The team includes superintendents, coordinators, behaviour coaches, a consultant-inclusion and complex needs, social workers, psychologists, occupational therapists and speech-language pathologists. Each member of the team plays a unique yet important role.
Who Does What
Superintendents are the first point for student crisis response. In Prairie Valley we have a specialized learning supports superintendent who acts as the immediate supervisor of coordinators. This superintendent is responsible for Violent Threat Risk Assessments, Positive Behavioural Interventions and Supports (PBIS), School Wide Information System (SWIS), and specialized programs.
Coordinators act as direct supervisors of speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, psychologists, behaviour coaches, inclusion and complex needs consultant and child and family support workers/social workers. With the superintendent, coordinators oversee all learning support initiatives, deploy staff for critical incidents, guide school-based administrators and staff with students with complex needs.
Behaviour Coaches are classroom and/or learning supports teachers who provide training and support to teachers and other school-based staff to develop local capacity in programming for, and working with, students who have behavioural challenges. Behaviour coaches support Positive Behavioural Interventions and Supports (PBIS) and School Wide Information System (SWIS). Access to behaviour coaches is through the coordinators.
Inclusion and complex needs consultant's work focuses on students with complex needs. They are a certified learning supports teacher who provides training and support to teachers in order to strengthen the philosophy and practice of inclusion for all students, support students with significant needs transitions into schools, support inclusion and intervention plan development and guide learning support teachers with specialized programming strategies. They also provide learning supports teachers with guidance, strategies for assistive technology, and with program placement.
Child and family support workers/social workers are registered members with the Saskatchewan Association of Social Workers. They provide students with solution-focused, short-term counseling support and connect families to outside agencies for further areas of need. They will provide direct crisis response when assigned by the superintendent.
Psychologists are registered members with the Saskatchewan College of Psychologists. They support students through direct observation, consultation, assessment, and intervention with schools, families, and outside agencies. They will provide direct crisis response when assigned by the superintendent.
Occupational Therapists are registered members with the Saskatchewan Society of Occupational Therapists. They support, consult and assess a student's ability to focus and learn by providing strategies to address a child's physical, developmental, sensory, self-regulation and visual-perception skills. OTs also provide training in Transfer, Lift and Repositioning© for educational assistants.
Speech-Language Pathologists are registered members with the Saskatchewan Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists who support students with communication challenges through direct observation, consultation, assessment and intervention with schools, families and outside agencies.
The Prairie Valley Learning Supports team will:
- Build partnerships within communities and other agencies
- Support System Wide Information System (SWIS) training, implementation, and analysis
- Support training initiatives in Transfer-Lift-Reposition (TLR), Non-Violent Crisis Intervention (NVCI), Violence Threat Risk Assessment (VTRA), and Positive Behaviour Interventions and Supports (PBIS)
- Support Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada reporting processes for students with complex needs who reside on First Nations land
- Support Programming Changes (modified, alternative, functional integrated, adult 12)
- Support student academic, emotional and behavioural learning
- 41 Staff (37.75 FTE):
- Support over 350 students with Intensive Needs (Occasional, Frequent)
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