POPARD is a Ministry of Education program providing services to schools in BC for students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). We provide consultation, training and support services to all public and independent schools across the province of British Columbia with a primary focus on increasing the capacity of school district staff to support students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

Our goals

To empower school teams across
BC in supporting students with ASD: through building local capacity, we increase the success of students with ASD in the school system.
To encourage collaboration and partnerships between systems that include the student with ASD.
To expand and develop our program. To expand the knowledge base of all staff. To expand research opportunities and partnerships.

Meet our team

Led by Principal and Vice-Principal, our multidisciplinary team of knowledgeable and skilled professionals is supported by a caseload coordinator, training and library coordinator, media technician, and administrative staff.

Frequently asked questions

Frequently asked questions

All districts in BC are provided with a number of days they can use each year. Each district assigns a District Partner who coordinates the POPARD services they would like to receive. For student referrals, it is the district, via the District Partner, not POPARD, who determines which students will be seen by POPARD. Educators who would like to receive support or training are asked to speak to their local District Partner.
  • Student consultation focuses on the needs of an individual student with ASD and their team with the goal of creating a do-able implementation plan.
  • Extended consultation, recommended for complex situations.
  • Classwide consultation focuses on building the capacity of the teacher and improving the overall learning environment for the benefit of all students.
  • Program consultation focuses on building the capacity of an itinerant or schoolbased resource teacher, specific to their professional role.
  • Implementation support follows our consults in order to support implementation of strategies and plans.
Psycho-educational and Functional Behaviour Assessments: A limited number of assessments can be provided each year, primarily by our supervised psychology intern. Application for assessments must be done in consultation between the POPARD consultant and District Partner. Priority is given to districts with limited psychology services. Special Research Projects: POPARD encourages districts who are interested in launching innovative practices and gathering evidence of efficacy to collaborate with their POPARD consultant. Descriptions and outcomes of some of our special research projects can be found on our website under the 'Research' tab. Workshops and Professional Development: A range of topics related to ASD can be tailored to district needs. Professional development can be enhanced by the additional provision of follow-up implementation support. Training Courses: POPARD offers the following courses:
  • Introduction to ASD, Practical Applications
  • Introduction to ABA, Part 1: Instruction
  • Supporting Students with ASD in your Classroom: an online course for teachers
In-house courses are held at the POPARD training centre in Delta, BC. For information about in-house courses, visit our courses page. District courses are hosted by and held in school districts. To see our current district course dates, click here. If you have questions about district courses contact your District Partner.
When POPARD receives a referral for a specific student with ASD, parents are involved in all steps of the process. Before POPARD will become involved, parents must provide informed consent. POPARD considers parents as essential partners in developing an effective student support plan. Once the district decides when the student will be seen, the District Partner contacts the parents to notify them of the date of the consult and to invite them to the team meeting. Before the consult, the POPARD consultant assigned to the district will contact the parents to ask for their input, to hear their concerns, priorities and suggestions. At the team meeting, parent participation is valued. Any recommendations or plans agreed to by the team will be distributed to the parents in a written report.

Work with us

If you are a Professional Educator looking for a career that is rewarding and flexible, consider joining our dynamic team of POPARD consultants.

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