Early Education Services
Early educational programming is provided for children between the ages of 2 ½ and 6, who have been diagnosed with a severe disability (including severe communication delay or behaviour challenges.) A diagnosis of autism is not required to access services.
THE MAIER CENTRE PRESCHOOL
Children attend the preschool program at the Maier Centre five days a week and are supported by a certified teacher and educational aides. A trans-disciplinary team supports classroom learning strategies using the SCERTS framework. The classroom program and environment are adapted to meet the individual needs of each child. Children have access to a sensory room with specialized equipment and activities which is designed to help them calm and regulate. Other amenities include a gym and a secured playground area with specialized playground equipment designed to encourage interaction, motor development and sensory exploration.
Children are supported in an inclusive community preschool or daycare by an educational aide, and receive school and home consultation visits from a trans-disciplinary team. The team and the child’s parents develop an individual program plan (IPP) focusing on developmentally appropriate individualized goals to meet the child’s unique needs. Children are fully integrated and supported to ensure their full participation, independence and success.