Giant Steps School Annual Report 2015-2016

 

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A N N UA L REPORT 2015 - 2016

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We are the result of our hard work. Our passion for what we do makes us pioneers in our s e c t o r. Annual Report

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CONTENTS CHAIRMAN'S MESSAGE 4 DIRECTOR GENERAL'S MESSAGE 6 M I S S I O N , V I S I O N , VA LU E S 8 COMPUTER & TECHNOLOGY 23 LIFE SKILLS 24 SOCIAL SKILLS 25 ORGANIZATIONAL CHART 10 S TAT I S T I C S 12 SPEECH THERAPY 28 O CCUPATIONAL THERAPY 29 PEDAGOGICAL SERVICES 16 BEHAVIOUR MANAGEMENT 30 PRESCHOOL / ELEMENTARY 18 RESOURCE AND TRAINING CENTRE 36 HIGH SCHOOL 19 FINANCIAL RESULTS 44 COMMUNITY SCHOOL INCLUSION 21 MUSIC THERAPY 22 GIANT STEPS FOUNDATION 50

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CHAIRMAN'S MESSAGE 4 On behalf of the members of board of directors and staff of the Canadian Institute for Neurointegrative Development, I am very pleased to present the 20152016 annual report. The 2015-2016 school year was a year of exciting changes for Giant Steps. Our new Director General, Mr. Seiun Thomas Henderson began implementing his new vision for the school. The Giant Steps School is dedicated to helping the autism community, both internally and externally. Our mix of students, dedicated professionals, involved parents and passionate volunteers are what makes this school special. Collectively, we are all involved in implementing our school's mission: to offer high quality innovative educational and therapeutic services to our students and to support the autism community. It was another year of growth for our school as our student population grew once again. Each of these students were evaluated over the course of the year to develop a personalized educational plan to further their learning. In addition, our staff implemented a series of new projects and programs that complement the excellent pedagogical approach, services (speech therapy, occupational therapy, music therapy, etc.), and of course, inclusion. I am proud to state that our staff has worked diligently to ensure a high quality of service. As parents, it is important that our children get the services they need to reach their full potential. The individualized attention, required therapies and inclusion program – all organized by Giant Steps, are critical to their development. Just as important is the fact that they are in a safe and caring environment. Our expertise reaches beyond the school and into the community to an even greater extent thanks to the excellent team at our Resource and Training Centre, which provides consultations and organizes lectures and conferences. Giant Steps has made a tremendous difference for many families, including my own, in their quest to find better services for their children. We are lucky to have this school as part of the Montreal community. Their doors are always open to anyone in need. Nick Katalifos Chairman, Giant Steps School Board of Directors

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5 Mr. Katlifos and his son.

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DIRECTOR GENERAL'S MESSAGE 6 In order to carry a positive action we must develop here a positive vision. -Dalai Lama It is with pleasure that I present the Giant Steps 2015/2016 annual report. It has been another exciting and rewarding year at Giant Steps. We continue to work on developing our program and services to help our students to be successful in school and beyond. It is an honour and pleasure to be given the chance to steward this exceptional organization and collaborate with our partners to improve the lives of people on the spectrum. In this Annual Report, we highlight the strides we've made in the past year in four areas, key to achieving our mission to offer innovative educational and therapeutic services to our students with autism spectrum disorders and support the Quebec autism community. We are continuously striving to become a leader in the development and provision of services supporting the education and success of people with autism.

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7 STUDENT SERVICES We are constantly developing and improving the services we provide to our students and their families. This includes our educational services, therapeutic services, and complimentary services. We offered for the first time dance and drama therapy services to our students. We also invested in new technology to support learning in the classroom. We are continuing to work to improve and diversify our inclusion model to maximize opportunities for social, educational and professional inclusion for all of our students. This includes finding new work opportunities for our older students, peer mentoring programs, and outings with a social inclusion focus. effectively serve the ASD community. Also, our Resource and Training Centre offers valuable services of many types in the community. towards their goals and dreams. Thank you. Without you, there is no Giant Steps. NEW APPROACHES Sincerely, Increasingly, we are working with research partners to develop projects that will allow us to innovate and develop new approaches and intervention techniques to support our students’ success and growth. We are continuing to work on some special projects related to arts instruction, literacy, self-directed learning and selfdetermination. Seiun Thomas Henderson Director General GOVERNANCE AND INFRASTRUCTURE COMMUNITY SERVICES Giant Step's successes are the direct result of the support, commitment and enthusiasm of the community we have created. Together, we are putting Giant Steps in a position to thrive as a leader and change-maker in the autism community. We continue to build and expand key partnerships resulting in new and better services for our students and our partners in the community. This includes our partnerships with the cities of Laval and Montreal on our Autism-Inclusive Cities Projects. We partnered with the English Montreal School Board to launch a new pilot adult education project, which is a great success. Many other partnerships were developed and maintained, allowing us to more We continued throughout the year to collaboratively develop a new strategic plan, with input from our board of directors, parents, staff and students. This plan will go into effect in 2016 and will provide a strategic vision for the school for the coming five years. Various staff and board committees were set-up or reformed to build projects, review and improve our services, and plan for the future. A special board of directors subcommittee was formed to specifically address building infrastructure needs. I want to thank our staff team for their dedication and caring, our Board of Directors for their leadership, and of course the students and their families who trust us to help them work

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8 M I S S I O N , V I S I O N , VA LU E S MISSION To offer specialized innovative educational and therapeutic services to our students and to support the Quebec autism community. VISION To be a leader and hub for the development and provision of services supporting the education and success of people with autism spectrum disorders. VA LU E S Giant Steps affirms the importance and necessity of providing equitable and appropriate opportunities for all people to learn and be successful. In order to always do our utmost to contribute to creating learning environments of mutual respect where diversity and strengths are nurtured and differences are respected, the following values will guide us: Diversity & Inclusion: We value diversity and unique contributions and foster a trusting, open and inclusive environment where each person is treated with respect. The inclusion of diverse learners promotes excellence in education and allows learners to achieve desired outcomes. We recognize that differences and diversity contribute to the richness of group learning environments. Community: Community is built and sustained by a climate of equity, fairness, safety and trust and the recognition of, and response to, the individual needs of its members. We are committed to working collaboratively with all stakeholders to ensure excellence in the area of autism and education. We believe that learning communities are strengthened by the mutual respect of the unique humanness and contributions of its members. Awareness: We are dedicated to increasing awareness of autism in the community by providing targeted educational programs and advocating for the needs of individuals on the spectrum. Our school contributes to the discovery and development of innovative educational and therapeutic services that support learning in autism via our transdisciplinary team of experts and through our research partnerships. Achievement: Access to facilities, services, resources, instruction, educational materials and the technology and information needed to succeed in and out of the classroom is foundational to building equitable and successful learning communities. By fostering strengths and supporting needs, we are committed to supporting the social and academic achievement of all of our students.

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9 “If you’ve met one person with autism, you’ve met o n e p e r s o n w i t h a u t i s m ,” Dr. Stephen Shore

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2015-2016 ORGANIZATIONAL CHART 10 Board of Directors Director General Seiun Thomas Henderson Administration Finance Department Financial Coordinators: Marie-Noelle Mondoux-Lemoine Luis Silva Financial Technician: Jean-Francois Guignard Secretary Liane Bayard Therapeutic Services Occupational Therapists Dorothy Notkin Domenica Facchinello Valerie Lefebvre Speech Therapists Eric Beaupre Cecile Cerdan Eva-Maria Botos

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11 Educational Services Resource Centre Inclusion Coordinators Aida Zbinden Anna Chechile Pedagogical Director Magda Grzechowiak Teachers Vanessa Lento Belinda Solomon Melissa Marcone Amanda Arcuri Iris Erdile Claudia Lazaro Lopez Marie-Michele Lavalle Deanna Casanova Brigitte Lagarde Specialists Marianne Bechard Ross White Jenny Haines Maria-Niki Bartzakos Educators Attendants Coordinator Marla Cable

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S TAT I S T I C S 12 54% English elementary students 13% English High School students 3:1 Student Ratios 16% French elementary students 17% French High School students

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8 New students in the Adult Education program in collaboration with the EMSB. 13 9 Classes from elementary to high school levels 89 Students were registered at Giant Steps School for the 2015-2016 school year

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15 E D U C AT I O NA L PROGRAMS

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