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SPECIALIZED SERVICES


As the Early Learning Team through Edmonton Catholic Schools continues to grow and evolve, we are excited about new opportunities we have made available for children and their families. Recognizing the need for the families with children with unique needs to have access to coordinated services spanning school, home, and their community, Early Learning has become an approved provider of Specialized Services.


What Are Specialized Services?


Specialized Services are funded by Family Supports for Children with Disabilities (FSCD) - Disability Services.

The intention of the Specialized Services program is to further support families of children with severe needs to acquire skills and strategies to help promote their child's development and participation in daily living activities at home and in the community. 

A supportive team that may include therapeutic assistants, speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, and/or psychologists work with parents looking to help manage difficult behaviors, support their child's participation in social activities, or teach their child new skills. 

Specialized Services are individualized to meet each family's needs and priorities, complement any other supports and services that a family already has in place, and are coordinated through a single service plan.

Who can Access Specialized Services?

Specialized Services through Early Learning are available for those families with a child currently enrolled in an Edmonton Catholic Schools Early Learning program and who have been approved for Specialized Services through FSCD.

Families apply for funding by submitting an application to FSCD

Eligibility and Application Process

Specialized Services Documentation – Checklist

 

The Role of Families in Specialized Services


Families are recognized as the primary source of care and support for a child, and Early Learning respects and values a family's ability to care for and promote their child's development. As such, parents/guardians are highly involved in developing and implementing their individualized service plan and are seen as vital members of the Specialized Services team.

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Family Services For Children With Disabilities

Family services.jpg

SPECIALIZED SERVICES


As the Early Learning Team through Edmonton Catholic Schools continues to grow and evolve, we are excited about new opportunities we have made available for children and their families. Recognizing the need for the families with children with unique needs to have access to coordinated services spanning school, home, and their community, Early Learning has become an approved provider of Specialized Services.


What Are Specialized Services?


Specialized Services are funded by Family Supports for Children with Disabilities (FSCD) - Disability Services.

The intention of the Specialized Services program is to further support families of children with severe needs to acquire skills and strategies to help promote their child's development and participation in daily living activities at home and in the community. 

A supportive team that may include therapeutic assistants, speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, and/or psychologists work with parents looking to help manage difficult behaviors, support their child's participation in social activities, or teach their child new skills. 

Specialized Services are individualized to meet each family's needs and priorities, complement any other supports and services that a family already has in place, and are coordinated through a single service plan.

Who can Access Specialized Services?

Specialized Services through Early Learning are available for those families with a child currently enrolled in an Edmonton Catholic Schools Early Learning program and who have been approved for Specialized Services through FSCD.

Families apply for funding by submitting an application to FSCD

Eligibility and Application Process

Specialized Services Documentation – Checklist

 

The Role of Families in Specialized Services


Families are recognized as the primary source of care and support for a child, and Early Learning respects and values a family's ability to care for and promote their child's development. As such, parents/guardians are highly involved in developing and implementing their individualized service plan and are seen as vital members of the Specialized Services team.

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What to Expect from Services

Parents should experience an increase in confidence, knowledge, and skills in areas of identified need to support their child.

As parents learn how to support their child in identified areas, children should develop increasing independence and skills in their homes and communities.

Target areas that may be addressed include:

  • communication,
  • socialization,
  • self-help/adaptive functioning
  • behavior and
  • physical and motor development.

To achieve this, the specialized services team works with families to create a plan that is individualized and reflective of the family's priorities. The skills that are learned by families will be practiced at home and in the community.

Strategy use and skills will be targeted through a blended focus of natural routines, play as well as structured learning opportunities as appropriate.

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Benefits of a Common Approach  - Accessing Specialized Services Through Early Learning


The Common Approach is an initiative by Human Services and Education designed to provide families with a seamless experience as they access services. The programs and services involved are funded through Specialized Services and Program Unit Funding (PUF).

The Common Approach is intended to encourage greater coordination and integration of services to support children with severe disabilities and their families in their home, community and early learning setting. 

Families accessing Specialized Services through Early Learning will receive the coordinated planning of a single service team across environments, lending to increased collaboration, communication, and accessibility of services.

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