Promotes collaboration,
Provides resources and supports,
and encourages positive outcomes
for students with ASD in BC.

POPARD’S Family–School Liaison Service

APPROACH

What approach do we take?

Our strengths-based approach with families and school personnel includes:

  • Evidence-based models of collaboration that enhance effective family-school relationships
  • Empowerment and capacity building
  • Positive examples from school districts around the province that inform solutions

SUPPORT

What services and supports do we provide?

  • One to one support over the phone or in person (short-term)
  • Group workshops
  • Assistance linking to services and resources
  • Information on topics relevant to families and educators, e.g.:
    • autism and family life
    • BC educations system and special needs services
  • Updates on Autism-related events and training opportunties

ACCESS

How do I access this service?

Parents/Caregivers and School personnel can connect with the Family-School Liaison using the following options:

  • Email: fsl@autismoutreach.ca
  • Call direct: 604–952–4994
  • By Appointment: 9 am – 6 pm
  • Website: www.autismoutreach.ca


Workshops

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Understanding the Individual Education Plan and Process

The IEP is animportant tool to support the education of students with ASD. This session will include:

  • Key features of an effective IEP meeting.
  • Roles and responsibilities of the school team and parents/caregivers.
  • Exploration oftwo IEP frameworks that are used across British Columbia: the SMART Goalframework and the new Competency-Based IEP framework

1 hour session:
45 minutes content
15 minutes Q&A

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Self-Regulation for Students in the Home, School,and Community

This workshop will help parents and families develop a better understanding of self-regulation using Stuart Shanker’s5 Domain Model. Parents and families will learn what many schools are doing to support self-regulationforstudentsin the classroom, as well as strategies that can be used to support their child/youth at home and in the community.

1 hour session:
45 minutes content
15 minutes Q&A

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Executive Functioningfor Students in the Home, Schooland Community

This workshop will help parents and families develop a better understanding of executive functioning, using models from experts in the field. Parents and families will learn how executive functioning relates to home, school, and community and learn strategies to support their child/youthwith executive functioning in all of these settings.

1 hour session:
45 minutes content
15 minutes Q&A

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Inclusive Education: Knowing the School System and Options for Advocacy

Parents/caregivers work with the school system inmany ways, including IEP development, problem solving and transition planning. This session will review:

  • Connections between the roles, rights and responsibilities of teaching staff, administrators, and parents.
  • Relevant policies and procedures that guide special needs Programming in the school environment.
  • information on advocacy steps and supports.

1 hour session:
45 minutes content
15 minutes Q&A

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Supporting Families with Navigating Mental Health Services in BC for Children/Youth with ASD

Having a diagnosis of ASD increases the likelihood of having mental health symptoms or a diagnosed disorder. This session will:

  • Provide a brief overview of the most common mental health disorders among the ASD population.
  • Helpparents/caregiversidentify when to seek mental health support.
  • Provide a detailed review of how and where to access mental health support from primary care to tertiary care services.

1 hour session:
45 minutes content
15 minutes Q&A

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Social Skillsfor Students in the Home, School and Community

This workshop will help parents develop a better understanding of social skill development using models that relate to social motivation, social attention, and social awareness. Parents will learn how social skills can be taught and supported at school, athome, and in the community.

1 hour session:
45 minutes content
15 minutes Q&A

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To register for an upcoming workshop please select a date:

Help sheets

POPARD’s Family School Liaison provides brief summaries with helpful resources on a variety of relevant topics.


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