Nurturing Social / Emotional Development and Mental Health

Administrator Contact: Vince White, District Principal of Inclusive Education

Parent Consultant: Meghna Halder

Please send your feedback on this core component to: social.emotional.health@sd44.ca

 

Guiding Questions

  • How can we nurture social / emotional development and mental health in a manner that strengthens the home-school partnership?
  • In what ways can a school community authentically support the social development of a complex learner?
  • How can we enhance the skillset of our personnel to support the mental health of our complex learners?
  • In what ways can students’ social/emotional development be supported to help them successfully manage transitions?

 

Goal

  • To provide students with a genuine sense of belonging within their classroom and larger school community, nurturing their social and emotional development and supporting their mental health needs.

 

Key Actions

  • Collect data from parents, school personnel and experts from the field on nurturing social emotional development and mental health for complex learners.
  • Retain the services of TMG Consulting to provide professional development to Education Assistants and a two-day inservice to school counsellors on promoting mental health for complex learners.
  • Retain the services of SEEDS to implement at five selected sites school-wide programs aimed at supporting the socialization and sense of belonging for complex learners.
  • Meaningfully integrate this component with the work being done on: strengthening the home-school partnership, celebrating the unique me, supporting student transitions, nurturing social-emotional development and mental health, and enhancing professional skillset.
  • Ongoing and comprehensive examination of how students with complex needs are included in all aspects of the school experience, especially those that provide opportunities for information socialization with peers.
  • Mental health needs of complex learners with a focus on how students with complex needs access resources and support as needed.

 

Indicators of Progress

  • Collect pre and post data from parents and school personnel who are supporting a complex learner to determine if key actions have resulted in successful outcomes as they relate to supporting student transition.
  • Use this information to meaningfully inform key actions for further development of this component in the 2018/2019 academic year.

 

Developmental Disabilities Mental Health Services Brochure
The DDMHS provides individualized assessment, treatment and education for adolescents and adults with developmental disabilities and complex mental health needs. The DDMHS work with the individual and their support network for up to 18 months to maximize the individual’s rehabilitation and recovery. These services are provided at their two office locations as well as by outreach to select remote communities. For more information about office locations and services provided by DDMHS, please view their brochure.

Zajac Ranch
Zajac Ranch for Children offers camp experiences to children with a variety of medical needs and disabilities including autism spectrum disorders, complex blood disorders, craniofacial differences, Down syndrome, epilepsy and other seizure disorders, gastrointestinal conditions, organ transplants, spina bifida, Tourette syndrome, visual impairments, sickle cell disease, and muscular dystrophy, among others. Read more here.

 

 

 

Strengthening Home-School Partnerships

Administrator Contact: Vince White
Parent Consultants: Amanda Nichol and Kulvir Mann
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Keeping Complex Learners Safe

Administrator Contact: Melanie Learoyd
Parent Consultant: Cyndi Gerlach
School Administrator Consultants: Chanin Smyth & Brenda Bell
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Nurturing Social / Emotional Development and Mental Health

Administrator Contact: Vince White
Parent Consultant: Meghna Halder
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Designing Quality Educational Plans

Administrator Contact: Melanie Learoyd
Parent Consultant: Heather Skuse
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Supporting Student Transitions

Administrator Contact: Vince White
Parent Consultant: Marta Carlucci
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Enhancing Professional Skillset

Administrator Contact: Melanie Learoyd
Parent Consultant: TBC
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The 7th Component: Celebrating the Unique Me

Administrator Contact: Vince White
Parent Consultant: Karen Norquist
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