Autism Program

Autism Spectrum Disorder Program (ASDP) at Ottawa Technical S.S.

The Autism Spectrum Disorder Program (ASDP) is a dynamic, student focused program that aims to teach and support students in developing functional academic and life skills. 

Classes consist of a maximum of 6 students with an ASDP teacher and two educational assistants who track progress, provide support, and are the primary contact with parents/guardians. Our ASDP students take a combination of the following non-credit courses: World of Work, Functional Literacy, Functional Numeracy, Personal Life Skills, Physical Education, Exploring My World, and a variety of other classes depending on scheduling opportunities.  Student programming is outlined in their IEP, which consists of classes and expectations. The ASDP is a non-credit program and the students graduate with a Certificate of Accomplishment

Community outings and Experiential Learning are a key element of  the program.  Upon graduation,our students are expected to generalize the skills that they have mastered across several domains; part-time employment, volunteering or participation in some form of supported day program. For example: students develop community safety skills focusing on; sidewalk and street traffic safety, expected social and safety skills to participate in recreational activities such as swimming and skating, daily living skills like walking safely to a local food and drink vendor to learn, master and generalize skills required for  ordering, paying for, and then eating a snack while practicing socialization skills with peers and adults.

In compliance with the Ministry of Education's Policy/Program Memoranda 140 and 156, Behaviour and communication skill development are a focus of the program. Applied Behavioural Analysis (ABA) strategies are incorporated into programming to support students’ academic needs and to promote expected and positive behaviours while fading and extinguishing interfering behaviours. In consultation with and the support of a Speech Language Pathologist, programming is developed to advance student communication skills. 

The classroom teacher and school board based professionals assist with transition planning  and are responsible for IEP development and a yearly IPRC meeting. The Service Coordination Support Roadmap is a good starting point for transition planning. If you have questions, need copies of documents or require support, please connect with your child's homeroom teacher.

Links and references:

OCDSB Autism Program outline3

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