Just like Thanksgiving, at Woodview Learning Centre we understand that Halloween can bring both joyous moments to celebrate as well as a list of potential challenges for our students. The following tips represent the lessons that we’ve learned over the years of listening to parent concerns, student worries, and the success stories too! We hope you can put them to good use with your family this Halloween.
The first week of October always brings a list of reasons to celebrate at Woodview Learning Centre. Our students have been showing us lots of signs of a successful transition into a new school year by figuring out their new classroom routines, building new friendships, and finding their place within our school. The change of seasons also brings new excitement to enjoy the fall colours during our many outdoor activities. Already this fall the students have gone to an apple orchard for apple picking, enjoyed watching the leaves change in our own playground, and will soon be heading out on a fall scavenger hunt.
What’s New at Woodview Learning Centre? We now have a BCBA! We are delighted to announce that effective September 2018, the Woodview Learning Centre will have a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA)! Liz Day has been with Woodview’s Applied Behavioural Analysis (ABA) program, now the Ontario Autism Program (OAP), since 2012 and as the BCBA Clinical Supervisor since 2014. Liz has extensive experience consulting with families and providing ABA therapy for children with ASD. Liz continues to be an incredible asset to Woodview and now the Woodview Learning Centre looks forward to having her join the team!
It’s that time of year again. The schools are filling in, kids are excited to see their friends again, desks are being arranged, and visible learning goals are being created. But that is not always the reality for those living with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) – and other obstacles to learning and school success. For these children and their families, back to school can be a stressful time. Too often our system expects parents and kids to easily enter the stream without taking into consideration the need for integration, routine, sensory stimulation, or even just the sense of being overwhelmed.