The goals of specialized services are:
- to help families learn how to incorporate strategies into everyday routines
- to provide families with supports and resources to promote their child’s functional skills
- to enhance a family’s competence and confidence in addressing challenges
Children’s Autism Services of Edmonton uses a family-centered approach based on the research-based SCERTS™ model that emphasizes the core challenges and unique learning styles of children with autism:
- (SC) Social Communication: the development and use of functional, spontaneous communication
- (ER) Emotional Regulation: the ability to maintain a well regulated state
- (TS) Transactional Support: the implementation of supports and strategies in response to the child’s needs and interests
The SCERTS model engages and relies on parents who are the primary agents of change and who are able to have the most meaningful and long-term impact.
Our Team Members
Our staff works together as a transdisciplinary team, with every member contributing to provide a consistent integrated approach across the disciplines. Team members may include:
- Case Managers
- coordinate services and supports
- SLP – Speech and Language Pathologists
- consult on meaningful and functional communication
- OT – Occupational Therapists
- support self-help skills such as dressing, personal hygiene, toileting, feeding and self-regulation
- Psychologists and Behaviour Consultants
- provide behaviour and regulation strategies and supports
- CSW – Child Support Workers
- help the family incorporate goals into family routines
- help the child use their skills with other people and in other environments
Visits with consultants can occur in the home and/or at the Maier Centre, a specialized environment designed to enable families to focus on the skill-based learning they require. Specialized Services are available for all children who are eligible through FSCD, including children with other developmental disorders or delays such as Down syndrome, Fragile X, Global Developmental Delay, Severe Communication and Behaviour Disorder, and others.
Early Childhood Services (ECS)
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.
Children are supported in an inclusive community preschool or daycare by an educational aide, and receive school and home consultation visits from a transdisciplinary team which may include a certified teacher, occupational therapist, speech language pathologist and behaviour consultant. The team develops 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.
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. An occupational therapist, speech language pathologist, and behaviour consultant support 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.
Early Social Interactions Program (ESI)
A family-centered, individualized approach for children 0 – 3 years old, this program focuses on early social interaction skills, family and peer interaction, and functional play skills. The program uses the SCERTS framework as described above. The goal of programming is to increase the caregiver’s knowledge of effective strategies for very young children with autism.
With family participation as our main focus, clinicians build family confidence through problem-solving, guided practice, video review, explanation and reflection. Clinicians guide the family by focusing on the value of learning in day-to-day activities such as hand washing, diapering, bathing, dressing and mealtimes, to encourage the family to be actively engaged with their child across a variety of settings.
Respite and Community Aide
A family support service that provides temporary relief from the physical and emotional demands that come with caring for a child with Autism and/or other developmental disorders. Respite allows caregivers planned relief. Our trained staff of Respite Workers provide support with activities of dailing living, behavioural support, and opportunities for meaningful engagement
- All Respite Workers are required to have a criminal records check, child welfare check, First Aid and level-C CPR before commenceing work.
Centre Based Respite
Centre based respite provides the opportunity for children to access respite at the Maier Centre for Autism Service. Children recieving respite at the Maier Centre will have access to our large multipurpose gym, specialized outdoor playground, sensory room, daily living skills area and other therapeutic play spaces. The unique environment at the Maier Centre was designed to address the various sensory preferences of individuals affected by Autism. Respite at the Maier Centre also offers opportunities for your child to engage in supported social interactions with other children who are accessing one of our many programs.
Community aides can be provided to ensure that children with autism and/or other developmental disorders have the support they require to participate in the community, leisure, and social activities. The primary goal of a community aide worker is to facilitate a child's participation in community activities where they would not otherwise be able to participate due to their individual challenges. A community aide worker facilitates a child's participation in activities in which parental support would not typically be expected, as well as in the community activities for which caregivers are present but require additional assistance to support the needs of their child.
Maier Centre Rental Opportunities
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Group Programs and Educational Opportunities
Up coming workshops:
* July 17, 2013 - Bullying and Autism: 1:00-3:00pm