Minutes – January 13/10
District ABA Advisory
Attendance – 7
Meeting called to order – by Nancy Robins – 7:05 pm
§ Full day K may make it easier to get ABA SW’s
§ Some kids may be better off in half days if they are not far along in their ABA programming
§ Surrey school district inservice – for teams that had ABA SW’s – Cory McLaughlin spoke – explained what teams did – Teams explained that breaks for ABA SW’s needed to be at times other than recess and lunch hour as those were high need times for ASD kids – this was a surprise for some teams at the meeting – this demonstrates that more information needs to be shared – there was also some confusion about a talk from a district person – about the role of the consultant – it was clear that many teams in the room did not have a lot of consultant involvement – the district person was asked specifically if someone has an ABA SW they must have an ABA Consultant – “technically when someone applies for an ABA SW is April they may have a consultant then there is nothing we can do if they do not have a consultant in September when they start school” – Question from Nancy Robins – “how could someone run an ABA program in school without an ABA consultant.” – clearly noted that many teams are not following this format
§ The above lead to a question as to whether all kids are receiving supervision 1 on 1 if needed during recess and lunch
§ A parent has noted that a Safety Plan will be completed for a child – behaviour developed as a result of a poor match with an SEA for breaks – what they hope this means is that the district will provide someone who can work with the child
§ Letter from Able Clinic, ABA Support Network, The Autism Society and Surrey School District was read to the group by Nancy Walton
§ Parent Question – Is there some kind of jurisdiction that says once a recommendation is made by the Consultant it must be followed by the district.
§ There may be a belief that having an ABA SW means that the district is supplying ABA services and therefore a home program or consultant may not be necessary
§ Parent question – the teacher is placing the child in time out which is not part of his IEP or an effective procedure in working with him – the consultant has not recommended this – the child may need to work up to the expectation of the teacher – the parent will talk with the IT
§ A good idea for parents is to work with their consultant and write a history of their child – it is especially helpful for children who have made significant gains – this can be shared with new teachers and people who are working with children so that they can understand the journey the child has been on
§ Eleanor spoke to Ann Turner about support being provided for extra circular sports in the schools – for those children who require it
§ Nancy W look into an article that explains principles of ABA for teachers that is easy and clear so that people understand why we do this.
§ Approx. 14 support workers short – in the district
General Meeting – The current executive agreed to stand in their positions.
Their candidacy was approved and seconded by the members.
Bridgette Taylor coming to BC
Michelle Garcia Winner is coming to BC