Youth Special Needs

Early Stimulation Class

The Early Stimulation Class is a self-contained (or closed) class within a regular school that addresses the needs of our youngest student population between 4 and 5 years of age with a variety of special needs ranging from global development delays, autism and other intellectual difficulties. 

Class sizes range between 6 to 8 students, to ensure each child has individual attention. Following a play-based approach, students build school readiness by working on developmental skills such as communication, self-regulation, sensory-motor and daily living skills.

Consultative services are provided by a speech and language pathologist, psychologist, occupational therapist, special education and autism spectrum disorder consultants.

The decision to place a student in a self-contained class is only considered after numerous attempts have been unsuccessful to incorporate the student within the regular classroom.  Such a decision is made after appropriate consultation with the student's parents, teachers and professionals via a case-conference.