PROGRAM CONSULTATION

POPARD can provide program consultation to an itinerant or school-based resource teacher that occurs over two or more days. Program consultation may include such topics as: case management, supporting students who are integrated in regular classrooms, demonstrating how to adapt and modify regular Ed curriculum to support inclusion, creating IEPs, providing effective consultation, advocating for students, working effectively with parents, etc. For a program consult to occur, there must be more than one student with Autism on the caseload of the itinerant or school-based resource teacher.

POPARD’s model of consultation includes 3 phases:

PHASE 1

Pre-consultation involves completion of a Needs Assessment by the itinerant or school-based resource teacher, describing the group’s strengths and concerns. The purpose is to encourage the team to think analytically about what may be contributing to any problem behaviours or concerns and identify what strategies have been in place and which ones are working.

PHASE 2

Consultation includes a pre-observation meeting with the itinerant or school-based resource teacher where priorities and needs are clarified and a review of files and materials such as an organization system for providing support to students, Education Assistant schedule, current IEP format, other curricular or behavioural systems currently in place or considered. An observation occurs with a focus on analyzing the overall systems, environment, curriculum, student and staff dynamics etc., in order to address the referral concerns. Because of the intensive focus, a team meeting occurs at the end of each day, facilitated by the consultant. Similar to the student consultation, a detailed Implementation Plan is developed with active participation and decision-making by the school team.

PHASE 3

Post-consultation includes an Implementation Plan, and a detailed consultation report. An implementation support day is scheduled to provide further coaching and create resources with and for the team members.

For further details, please contact your local District Partner.

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