Diversity Series: Four steps to take when teaching students with Autism Spectrum Disorders

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As part of our Diversity Series, we're taking a closer look at teaching students with autism spectrum disorders and methods teachers can use in their classrooms to encourage and support their students' individual needs and help them prosper throughout the year.

How to Teach Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders

The key to developing a successful working relationship with an autistic student is to remember that they are students and they are in your classroom to learn. As a species, we have an intrinsic desire to learn, to be curious, to push beyond the barriers of our known environment and to try new things. Autistic students are no different in these desires. What is different is how they perceive and interact with the world around them. It is these differences that make students with autism somewhat terrifying for teachers. Never fear–there are four basic steps that you can take to ensure that both you and your student have a successful school year.
 

Read our advice guide on choosing a school for a child with special needs (such as autism) and for kids with other traits. To get school-choice advice customized to your child's unique traits, create a child profile through your user account. Read more


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Toronto Prep School


Toronto, Ontario
Mt Pleasant Rd/Davisville Ave
 
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"Toronto Prep School starts later in order to maximize teen learning. The optimal time for teenagers to learn is late in the morning through to late afternoon. Our classes start at 10:00 am.

  1. A semestered, university preparatory curriculum with:
  2. MacBook
  3. Extended After School and Saturday Study Club Programs
  4. Supervised English/Math Resource Centres

—From the school

  • Gr. 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Traditional curriculum
  • $34,250
 
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Toronto Prep School 34250 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed

Fieldstone School


Toronto, Ontario
Dufferin Street/Lawrence Avenue
 
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"As a Cambridge School, we teach a curriculum that sets the global standard for education designed to help students develop an informed curiosity and a lasting passion for learning.

  1. The first and only school in Canada to offer a dual Cambridge-Ontario curriculum
  2. One of the top 25 private schools in the GTA
  3. All students starting in Grade One learn how to play the violin, viola, or cello
  4. 6.4-acre campus with outdoor field, gym, cafeteria, stage, art studio, music studio

—From the school

  • Gr. JK to 12 (Coed)
  • Traditional curriculum
  • $22,010 to $30,705
 
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Fieldstone School 22010 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools eSchool Day Coed
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"Since 1982, Metro Prep has offered an accepting environment where students embrace their individuality and thrive academically. We are a non-uniform school that is now located at a brand new campus at 401 and Leslie.

  1. Strong Academics- University Prep
  2. Comprehensive Math & Science Program
  3. Personalized University Guidance
  4. Extensive Athletic Programs-Bball

—From the school

  • Gr. 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Traditional curriculum
  • $25,560 to $33,250
 
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Metropolitan Preparatory Academy 25560 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed

Whytecliff Agile Learning Centres


Langley, British Columbia
Glover/Logan
 
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"Whytecliff is a safe, empathetic & supportive place for teens with a diverse range of learning needs / personal challenges. Our positive community & high-growth environment pulls each child up to be their very best!

  1. Safe, empathetic, supportive community for students with a diverse range of learning needs
  2. Low student-to-educator ratio of less than 5:1 lets us really get to know you
  3. Each child gets a personalized program tailored to their unique gifts, strengths, and talents
  4. Dual-accredited as both an independent school and a Positive Youth Development program

—From the school

  • Gr. 8 to 12 (Coed)
  • Progressive curriculum
  • $9,090 to $21,250
 
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Whytecliff Agile Learning Centres 9090 HighSchools Day Day Coed

Bond Academy


Toronto, Ontario
Ellesmere Rd/Birchmount Rd
 
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"Our Beyond the Books approach provides opportunities for success in class & beyond; nurturing the growth of students' confidence & self-esteem, to take risks when learning, to reach their personal & academic potential.

  1. Character Education
  2. Free Before/After School Program
  3. Weekly Swimming Lessons
  4. Early start French Classes

—From the school

  • Gr. PS to 12 (Coed)
  • Liberal Arts curriculum
  • $7,000 to $16,000
 
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Bond Academy 7000 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Homestay Coed
Mississauga, Ontario
Erin Mills Parkway/Argentia Rd
 
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"There’s a different energy at SJA. As a leading IB World School and university prep school, SJA creates an atmosphere of acceptance that allows us to challenge students to take ownership of their own success." —From the school

  • Gr. JK to 12 (Coed)
  • Progressive curriculum; International Baccalaureate
  • $12,440 to $18,640
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St. Jude's Academy 12440 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
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"We identify experiences that enhance learning, empowering individuals while fostering a community of collaborative contributors. This is achieved through interdisciplinary projects that are seamlessly integrated." —From the school

  • Gr. PS to 12 (Coed)
  • Montessori curriculum
  • $9,000 to $16,000
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Westmont Montessori School 9000 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Day Day Coed
Ottawa, Ontario
St. Laurent Blvd./Montreal Rd.
 
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"Our mission is personalized student academic success in a friendly and caring school community, in which all students are emotionally supported and socially welcome." —From the school

  • Gr. NS to 12 (Coed)
  • Progressive curriculum
  • $13,000 to $21,000
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Académie St-Laurent Academy 13000 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
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"Crestwood Preparatory College offers a university preparatory program for students in grades 7 to 12. Crestwood always strive to Inspire Excellence and to Nurture the Individual." —From the school

  • Gr. 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Traditional curriculum
  • $30,500 to $33,000
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Crestwood Preparatory College 30500 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
Toronto, Ontario
York Mills Road/Bayview Avenue
 
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"Junior Academy offers programs for students from Toddler to Grade Eight, in midtown Toronto. The average class size is 10 to 14 students and it caters to many types of students with different learning profiles." —From the school

  • Gr. NS to 8 (Coed)
  • Progressive curriculum
  • $28,900 to $40,000
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Junior Academy 28900 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
Toronto, Ontario
Yonge St/Sheppard Ave
 
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"Ontario Virtual School is an Ontario Ministry-inspected credit-granting institution offering Grades 6-12 courses in an interactive online format. Students can start anytime with 24/7 access." —From the school

  • Gr. 6 to 12 (Coed)
  • Traditional curriculum
  • $399 to $579 /course
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Ontario Virtual School 399 MiddleSchools HighSchools eSchool Coed
Toronto, Ontario
York Mills/Leslie
 
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"Learning is not one to many. It's many to one. From the teachers to the principal to the coaches and beyond, learning at WillowWood is a team approach." —From the school

  • Gr. K to 12 (Coed)
  • Liberal Arts curriculum
  • $21,200 to $26,850
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WillowWood School 21200 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed

"We are a therapeutic boarding school for Gr. 3-12 students requiring individualized academic, clinical, and behaviour-management solutions in small class sizes and professional home stay or boarding environments" —From the school

  • Gr. 3 to 12 (Coed)
  • Progressive curriculum
  • $33,500 to $99,500 /program
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Applewood Academy for Progressive Learning 33500 MiddleSchools HighSchools Homestay Day Boarding Coed

"MIA is proud to foster a family environment through our small class sizes and close knit academic community. Our support for students goes far beyond the classroom to best prepare them for life after graduation." —From the school

  • Gr. 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Traditional curriculum
  • $17,600 to $33,000
  • Day, Boarding
  • 230 students
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McDonald International Academy 17600 HighSchools Boarding Day Coed
Scarborough, Ontario
Kennedy Road/Progress Avenue
 
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"Enquiring Minds Montessori is a one-of-a-kind Montessori Art School. We have created a unique learning experience that fosters academic and artistic excellence in a nurturing environment while challenging young minds." —From the school

  • Gr. NS to 6 (Coed)
  • Montessori curriculum
  • $11,158 to $17,500
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Enquiring Minds Montessori 11158 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed
Toronto, Ontario
Lawrence/Don Mills
 
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"Brighton is the leading private school in Toronto for students with academic and/or social challenges. We offer curriculum-based and remedial Elementary programs; and credit, pre-credit and non-credit Secondary streams." —From the school

  • Gr. SK to 12 (Coed)
  • Traditional curriculum
  • $28,750
  • Day school
  • 65 students
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Brighton School 28750 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
Victoria, British Columbia
 
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"Brookes Westshore is an IB World School on Vancouver Island, BC, offering small class sizes, engaging teachers and a caring community to boarding and day students from grades 4 to 12." —From the school

  • Gr. 4 to 12 (Coed)
  • Progressive curriculum; International Baccalaureate
  • $10,290 to $62,000
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Brookes Westshore 10290 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Coed
Wellandport, Ontario
 
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"Robert Land Academy, established in 1978, is a private military-inspired boarding school (Grades 5-12) that helps boys build self-confidence, achieve academic success, develop values, and realize their potential." —From the school

  • Gr. 5 to 12 (Boys)
  • Traditional curriculum
  • $64,000 to $75,000
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Robert Land Academy 64000 MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Boys
Ottawa, Ontario
Highway 417/Greenbank
 
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"Acadecap International School (Académie de la Capitale), an IB World School, offers bilingual and/or English programmes from JK to Grade 12. Students thrive in a growth mindset environment and a culture of excellence." —From the school

  • Gr. JK to 12 (Coed)
  • Progressive curriculum; International Baccalaureate
  • $20,983 to $26,978
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Académie de la Capitale 20983 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
Kanata, Ontario
Eagleson Road/Stonehaven Drive
 
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"For 50 years, Kanata Montessori has offered excellent learning environments for students to grow emotionally, socially and academically into a positive global citizen." —From the school

  • Gr. NS to 12 (Coed)
  • Montessori curriculum
  • $16,750 to $22,500
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Kanata Montessori 16750 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
Burlington, Ontario
Guelph Line/New Street
 
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"At ELEVATE, we are focusing on identifying and meeting the needs of students with learning differences. We use evidence-based approaches like UFLI, Wilson, and OG to support our students." —From the school

  • Gr. 1 to 8 (Coed)
  • Progressive curriculum
  • $25,000
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Elevate Learning Centre 25000 Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
Breslau, Ontario
 
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"Woodland combines academic excellence, spiritual growth, and community engagement. With a Christ-centered education, diverse curriculum, dedicated faculty, and supportive culture, it's an ideal choice for families." —From the school

  • Gr. 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Liberal Arts curriculum
  • $10,760 to $29,850
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Woodland Christian High School 10760 HighSchools Homestay Day Coed
Vancouver, British Columbia
 
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"HongDe Elementary School, a BC Ministry of Education certified Not-For-Profit Kindergarten – Grade 5 Independent School, presents an immersive Mandarin / English bilingual program and vibrant Fine Arts curriculum." —From the school

  • Gr. K to 5 (Coed)
  • Traditional curriculum
  • $16,800 to $19,800
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HongDe Elementary School 16800 Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed
Calgary, Alberta
 
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"We offer a specialized, student-paced program for children with diverse learning needs, so that they can thrive! With ample academic support and an inclusive school culture, you can Become Your Best!" —From the school

  • Gr. 1 to 12 (Coed)
  • Progressive curriculum
  • $18,800
  • Day school
  • 40 students
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Banbury Crossroads Academy 18800 Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
Toronto, Ontario
Bathurst St./St. Clair West
 
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"Canada’s only independent, Catholic school for boys in Grades 7-12, taught in the Basilian tradition of forming the mind, body, and soul. Since 1852, we have educated students in goodness, discipline, and knowledge." —From the school

  • Gr. 7 to 12 (Boys)
  • Liberal Arts curriculum
  • $24,250
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St. Michael's College School 24250 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boys
Toronto, Ontario
Bloor St. W/Spadina Ave.
 
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"UTS is a hub where the boldest and brightest young minds come together. Rigorous academics are complemented by vibrant co-curriculars including clubs, committees, publications, athletics, and performance groups." —From the school

  • Gr. 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Liberal Arts curriculum
  • $33,170
  • Day school
  • 675 students
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University of Toronto Schools 33170 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
North Vancouver, British Columbia
W 22nd/Phillip
 
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"As a Reggio Inspired School in North Vancouver, Sunflower engages daily in rigorous reflective practice - collaboratively designing curriculum and environment around the emerging interests and curiosities of the children" —From the school

  • Gr. PS (Coed)
  • Reggio Emilia approach
  • $2,400 to $5,500
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Sunflower Early Learning Society 2400 Preschool Day Coed
Amaranth, Ontario
 
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"The Maples is an established private IB World School in Orangeville, Ontario providing exemplary education for students (Pre-School to Grade 8). French instruction in PS and Kindergarten with an academic focus." —From the school

  • Gr. PS to 8 (Coed)
  • Progressive curriculum; International Baccalaureate
  • $10,000 to $18,000
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The Maples Academy 10000 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
London, Ontario
Wellington Street/Central Avenue
 
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"Sycamore School offers grades 8-12 personalized education in an alternative programs that address the needs of secondary school students who may thrive in a small community of learners working toward graduation." —From the school

  • Gr. 8 to 12 (Coed)
  • Liberal Arts curriculum
  • $20,200
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The Sycamore School 20200 HighSchools Day Coed
Toronto, Ontario
Lawrence Ave./Bathurst St.
 
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"The Clover School's innovative curriculum combines Montessori essentials with heart-centred learning practices designed to nurture the ​mind​, heart, health, and soul of each child." —From the school

  • Gr. NS to 6 (Coed)
  • Montessori curriculum
  • $25,312 to $26,290
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The Clover School 25312 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed
Toronto, Ontario
Davenport/Dupont
 
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"The Mabin School offers programs from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 6 in Toronto. Its average class size is 20 students." —From the school

  • Gr. JK to 6 (Coed)
  • Progressive curriculum
  • $33,592
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The Mabin School 33592 Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed
North York, Ontario
Bathurst/Wilson
 
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"Magnificent Minds Inc. caters to students whose needs are not being met in traditional school environments, pursuing personal best through a balanced approach to education." —From the school

  • Gr. JK to 8 (Coed)
  • Traditional curriculum
  • $24,000 to $28,000
  • Day school
  • 40 students
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Magnificent Minds 24000 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
Toronto, Ontario
Wilson Avenue/Avenue Road
 
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"Glen Briar Academy provides hands on programs and student centered teaching strategies that shape life long learners." —From the school

  • Gr. JK to 8 (Coed)
  • Traditional curriculum
  • $12,750 to $28,500
  • Day school
  • 68 students
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Glen Briar Academy 12750 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
Toronto, Ontario
Breadalbane St/St Luke Ln
 
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"The YMCA Academy is an alternative school for students in grades 6 to 12 with learning disabilities and learning style differences, offering individualized Special Education support." —From the school

  • Gr. 6 to 12 (Coed)
  • Progressive curriculum
  • $26,500
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The YMCA Academy 26500 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
Mississauga, Ontario
 
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"Meadow Green Academy provides a strong Christian education in a nurturing environment. Strong academics combined with sports, enriched music, visual arts, and dramatic arts programs provide a well-rounded experience" —From the school

  • Gr. PS to 8 (Coed)
  • Traditional curriculum; Montessori
  • $10,300 to $18,490
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Meadow Green Academy 10300 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
Bayfield, Ontario
 
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"After 22 years of teaching courses online, VHS is unrivaled in experience, credibility, and expertise. Our student-centred model provides a world-class educational experience for thousands of Ontario students each year." —From the school

  • Gr. 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Traditional curriculum
  • $329 to $764 /course
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Virtual High School 329 HighSchools eSchool Coed
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"Our mission is to provide students with the support they deserve to enable them to reach their full academic potential. This solid foundation equips students to confidently pursue their desired post-secondary paths." —From the school

  • Gr. 1 to 12 (Coed)
  • Traditional curriculum
  • $17,200 to $19,600
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Heritage Academy of Learning Excellence 17200 Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
Unionville, Ontario
Kennedy Road/16th Avenue
 
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"UC offers year-ahead advanced programs from pre-school to Grade 10. We blend high standards for academic success with the social and emotional development of the individual child." —From the school

  • Gr. PS to 10 (Coed)
  • Traditional curriculum; Montessori
  • $10,000 to $18,350
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Unionville College 10000 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
Toronto, Ontario
Queen/Silver Birch
 
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"The Cole Academy welcomes students of all genders and orientations and their families. Using stories of under-represented communities, TCA prepares students socially, emotionally, and academically for future schooling." —From the school

  • Gr. JK to 8 (Coed)
  • Progressive curriculum
  • $25,000
  • Day school
  • 15 students
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The Cole Academy 25000 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
Ottawa, Ontario
Donald St/Frances St
 
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"Promote academic excellence that stimulates the acquisition of language skills, the development of scientific and artistic competencies as well as the formation of a critical mind, in a multicultural environment." —From the school

  • Gr. NS to 8 (Coed)
  • Progressive curriculum
  • $10,670 to $12,320
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Academie Providence 10670 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
Montreal, Quebec
Sherbrooke/Atwater
 
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"Students thrive in an inclusive, structured learning environment that provides academic accommodations for all learners. We help students become autonomous, resilient lifelong learners!" —From the school

  • Gr. 7 to 11 (Coed)
  • Traditional curriculum
  • $23,115
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Centennial Academy 23115 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
Oshawa, Ontario
Wilson Road/Adelaide Ave
 
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"At G.B.MS, D.E.P.S and Durham Academy Secondary school focus is on each individual student and helping them meet their unique potential and goals. We believe in excellent customer service and families have a voice. Throughout the year we enhance our programs through program enhancement and enrichment." —From the school

  • Gr. NS to 12 (Coed)
  • Progressive curriculum; Montessori
  • $10,400 to $14,000
  • Day, Homestay
  • 187 students
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Durham Elementary, Durham Academy and G.B.M.S. 10400 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Homestay Day Day Coed
Toronto, Ontario
Duplex Ave/St Clements Ave
 
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"At SCELS we believe giving children an early education will build a solid foundation to prepare them for their next school setting." —From the school

  • Gr. PS to 2 (Boys/Coed)
  • Progressive curriculum
  • $12,000 to $23,000
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St. Clement's Early Learning School 12000 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day Day Boys Coed
Toronto, Ontario
Yonge St./Lawrence Ave.
 
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"The Dunblaine School empowers students with learning disabilities to reach their full potential. It offers programs for students from grade one to eight, with an average class size of 5-7 students." —From the school

  • Gr. 1 to 8 (Coed)
  • Traditional curriculum
  • $26,000 to $27,500
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The Dunblaine School 26000 Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
Mississauga, Ontario
Dundas St. W/Erin Mills Pkwy
 
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"We will do whatever it takes to ensure every student has success. With our flexible support and guidance, our students overcome their challenges. They develop the confidence to make mistakes – and learn from them." —From the school

  • Gr. SK to 12 (Coed)
  • Progressive curriculum
  • $7,200 to $20,000
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Vianney Academy 7200 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
Toronto, Ontario
Queen Street East/Glen Manor Drive
 
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"Our objective is to guide children with respect and understanding, developing in them a love of learning. Our aim is to create a nurturing environment full of intellectual, social and moral learning and development." —From the school

  • Gr. PS to 8 (Coed)
  • Montessori curriculum
  • $8,240 to $24,000
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Avalon Children's Montessori School 8240 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
Mississauga, Ontario
Hurontario/Queensway
 
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"TEAM School offers programs from Grades 1 to 8 in Mississauga. Its average class size is 5 to 9 students." —From the school

  • Gr. 1 to 8 (Coed)
  • Traditional curriculum
  • $25,920 to $29,000
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TEAM School 25920 Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
Calgary, Alberta
Highway 1/Stony Trail East
 
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"Third Academy is a school with a heart. We are inclusive, supporting students with a variety of disabilities and disorders. Our sliding scale bursary program makes our services accessible to all families." —From the school

  • Gr. JK to 12 (Coed)
  • Liberal Arts curriculum
  • $2,625 to $17,500
  • Day school
  • 250 students
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Third Academy 2625 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
Toronto, Ontario
Danforth/Broadview
 
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"Passages is an alternative education where the Learner leads. Through mentoring Learners have the autonomy to dive into interests and passions to create the education they wish. No compulsory classes, tests or grades." —From the school

  • Gr. 5 to 12 (Coed)
  • Progressive curriculum
  • $7,900 to $12,300
  • Day school
  • 18 students
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Passages Centre for Self-Directed Learning 7900 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
Toronto, Ontario
Yonge/St. Clair
 
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"The Linden School's transformative teaching and socially-progressive values inspire academic excellence, wellness, and civic engagement, empowering students to become changemakers ready to take on complex global issues." —From the school

  • Gr. SK to 12 (Girls)
  • Progressive curriculum
  • $28,300 to $30,550
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The Linden School 28300 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Girls
Richmond Hill, Ontario
Leslie/16th Ave
 
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"Morningside/ABA based curriculum and individualized approach targets not only academic success but also emotional, social, vocational and life skills that are the core skills of life-long success of each student." —From the school

  • Gr. K to 8 (Coed)
  • Traditional curriculum; Reggio Emilia
  • $17,000 to $25,000
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AIM Without Limits 17000 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
Gretna, Manitoba
 
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"Faith is at the center of all we do at MCI- from the court, to the stage, to the classroom. We work to provide a safe space for students to ask questions, dig deeper, grow into who God is calling them to be." —From the school

  • Gr. 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Traditional curriculum
  • $6,800 to $30,500
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Mennonite Collegiate Institute 6800 HighSchools Boarding Day Coed
Mississauga, Ontario
Erin Mills Parkway/Turner Valley Road
 
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"Oakwood is a distinguished private school in Mississauga specializing in special needs education, featuring programs rooted in the innovative Developmental, Individual Differences, Relationship-Based (DIR®)." —From the school

  • Gr. JK to 12 (Coed)
  • Progressive curriculum
  • $23,355 to $78,720
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Oakwood Academy 23355 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
Mississauga, Ontario
Tomken Rd./Eglinton Ave. E
 
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"Northstar Montessori offers an accredited Montessori curriculum from Toddler age to Grade 8. Our goal is to develop strong character and contributing citizens who understand that their involvement makes a difference." —From the school

  • Gr. NS to 8 (Coed)
  • Montessori curriculum
  • $11,100 to $17,400
  • Day school
  • 300 students
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Northstar Montessori Private School 11100 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
Westmount, Quebec
The Boulevard/Place Braeside
 
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"The Study, founded in 1915, is one of Canada's premier all-girls' schools. Our bilingual mother-tongue program, experiential learning, and small classes help girls become leaders who are driven to make a difference." —From the school

  • Gr. K to 11 (Girls)
  • Progressive curriculum
  • $27,780 to $31,150
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The Study 27780 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Girls
Markham, Ontario
Denison/Warden
 
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"Our curriculum are designed to build essential skills and concepts that help with the cognitive, social, creative, emotional, and physical development of your child with the aim to be a successful learner for life!" —From the school

  • Gr. NS to 3 (Coed)
  • Montessori curriculum
  • $10,500 to $16,500
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Sunrise Montessori School 10500 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed
Aurora, Ontario
St. John Sideroad/Yonge St.
 
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"Aurora Montessori offers an enriched Montessori program for students, Toddler to Grade 8, with an option of an OSSD credit in Grade 9 Math. A unique Mindfulness and Technology program develops key 21st-century skills!" —From the school

  • Gr. NS to 8 (Coed)
  • Montessori curriculum
  • $18,464 to $23,936
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Aurora Montessori School 18464 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
Ottawa, Ontario
Carling Avenue/Broadview Avenue
 
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"Edelweiss Private Academy offers elementary education to students with ASD and other exceptionalities, maintaining small teacher to student ratios. We promote strong academic, physical and social-emotional development." —From the school

  • Gr. K to 8 (Coed)
  • Traditional curriculum
  • $21,950 to $42,800
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Edelweiss Private Academy 21950 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Day Coed
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"At Oxford Learning Academy, our teachers will use the proven scientific approach of Cognitive Development to teach our students new ways of thinking and understanding what they are learning and how they are learning." —From the school

  • Gr. JK to 8 (Coed)
  • Traditional curriculum
  • $15,000 to $16,000
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Oxford Learning Academy (Private School) 15000 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
Montreal, Quebec
Atwater/Docteur-Penfield
 
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"Since 1861, The Sacred Heart School of Montreal, the city’s only all-girls English Catholic high school, has been preparing girls to change the world. We offer grades 7 to 12, day school and boarding." —From the school

  • Gr. 7 to 12 (Girls)
  • Traditional curriculum
  • $21,790 to $47,559
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The Sacred Heart School of Montreal 21790 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Day Girls
Cambridge, Ontario
Franklin Blvd/Myers Road
 
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"OAK BRIDGE ACADEMY is an alternative, not-for-profit school. Our highest priority is to provide financially accessible, highly specialized education to every child with learning exceptionalities and neurodiversities." —From the school

  • Gr. SK to 12 (Coed)
  • Traditional curriculum
  • $31,000 to $45,500
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Oak Bridge Academy 31000 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
Markham, Ontario
Brimley Road/14th Ave
 
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"Founded in 1990, Yip's Montessori Program caters to children from 1.5 to 5 years old. Yip's campuses are located in Markham and Unionville." —From the school

  • Gr. NS to SK (Coed)
  • Montessori approach
  • $9,480 to $15,420
  • Day school
  • 0 students
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Yip’s Music & Montessori School 9480 Preschool Kindergarten Day Coed
Ottawa, Ontario
Baseline Rd./Woodroffe Ave.
 
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"Bishop Hamilton Montessori School, a not-for-profit independent school in Ottawa, provides an authentic Christian Montessori approach for children 3 months to 14 years." —From the school

  • Gr. NS to 8 (Coed)
  • Montessori curriculum
  • $6,183 to $22,970
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Bishop Hamilton Montessori School 6183 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
Toronto, Ontario
University Ave./Dundas street
 
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"Cornerstone students love to shape the future. They INSPIRE learning, DISCOVER their potential, EMPOWER themselves to be innovative citizens. Our boundless learning strategies open doors for successful learning." —From the school

  • Gr. PS to 12 (Coed)
  • Liberal Arts curriculum; Montessori
  • $15,800 to $26,000
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Cornerstone Montessori Prep School 15800 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
Mississauga, Ontario
Dixie Road/South Service Road
 
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"The close-knit community at Star delivers on Learn to Love to Learn™ with project-based, cross-curricular and experiential learning. Our Five Pillars of Child Development guide learning experiences at all grade levels." —From the school

  • Gr. PS to 8 (Coed)
  • Traditional curriculum
  • $16,500 to $19,500
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Star Academy 16500 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
North York, Ontario
Avenue Road/Lawrence Avenue
 
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"Through our dynamic individual education plans, mentorship, and therapeutic counselling we ensure all students feel comfortable, respected and cared for, so they stay actively engaged in their educational journey." —From the school

  • Gr. 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Progressive curriculum
  • $18,875 to $24,075
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AVRO Academy 18875 HighSchools Day Coed
Etobicoke, Ontario
Bloor/Shaver
 
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"Kingsley's small classes and personal approach help students reach their unique potential. Each child is seen, heard, and respected. French, music, and phys-ed round out a program which includes plenty of time outdoors." —From the school

  • Gr. PS to 5 (Coed)
  • Traditional curriculum; Reggio Emilia
  • $8,000 to $14,000
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Kingsley Primary School 8000 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day Coed
Kitchener, Ontario
 
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"Incorporating academic excellence, service and peace-making, Rockway is a diverse learning community of students in Grades 7 to 12 including a dynamic international student exchange program." —From the school

  • Gr. 7 to 12 (Coed)
  • Traditional curriculum
  • $20,500 to $42,650
  • Day, Homestay
  • 327 students
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Rockway Mennonite Collegiate 20500 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Homestay Coed
Woodbridge, Ontario
Kipling/Highway 7
 
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"Each student is unique. Why be just a number when you can be valued for who you are? We enfold, engage and empower every student in a safe, friendly, and supportive learning community. You belong here!" —From the school

  • Gr. 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Liberal Arts curriculum
  • $19,340
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Toronto District Christian High School 19340 HighSchools Homestay Day Coed
North York / Scarborough, Ontario
Victoria Park/Lawrence
 
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"Nurturing innate love for learning, we offer independent educational chances for young children to cultivate lifelong knowledge and self discovery." —From the school

  • Gr. NS to SK (Coed)
  • Montessori approach
  • $8,500 to $13,500
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Curlew Montessori School 8500 Preschool Kindergarten Day Coed
Fredericton, New Brunswick
 
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"The main objective of FMA is to provide your child with a planned and stimulating environment in order for them to be able to reach their own individual and highest learning potential while honouring the whole child." —From the school

  • Gr. PS to 10 (Coed)
  • Montessori curriculum
  • $9,500 to $14,500
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Fredericton Montessori Academy 9500 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
Rosthern, Saskatchewan
 
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"RJC is a Grades 10-12 boarding school accredited by the Saskatchewan Ministry of Education. RJC is student and community-focused all while offering excellent academics and exceptional athletic and fine arts programs." —From the school

  • Gr. 10 to 12 (Coed)
  • Progressive curriculum
  • $4,500 to $20,000
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Rosthern Junior College High School 4500 Boarding Day Coed
Kitchener, Ontario
 
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"Scholars' Hall is a family-focused school that uses traditional teaching methods combined with a fully integrated Leadership program to raise strong, capable, independent, and intelligent young adults." —From the school

  • Gr. JK to 12 (Coed)
  • Traditional curriculum
  • $13,340 to $15,340
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Scholars’ Hall 13340 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
St. Catharines, Ontario
Ontario St./Welland Ave.
 
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"Heuristic & autodidactic, inspired by Sudbury & democratic models. Students are self-directed, and holistically empowered. Voluntary attendance, year-round calendar, agency, & consent inspire free learning. Also Forest" —From the school

  • Gr. NS to 12 (Coed/Girls)
  • Progressive curriculum
  • $57 to $10,000
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Agate Private School 57 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools eSchool Day Boarding Homestay Coed Girls
Toronto, Ontario
Don Mills Rd/York Mills Rd
 
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"Building on internationally acclaimed preschool reading success, SLI has grown into a hub for ground-breaking student achievement in literary, scientific, coding, and entrepreneurial achievement across Pre-K - Gr 6." —From the school

  • Gr. PS to 6 (Coed)
  • Traditional curriculum
  • $16,500 to $18,500
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Sidney Ledson Institute 16500 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day eSchool Coed
Oakville, Ontario
Burnhamthorpe Rd. W/Neyagawa Blvd.
 
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"King’s Christian Collegiate is an independent Christian high school providing superb instruction in a safe, stimulating academic environment. Caring staff set the tone for a positive, up-beat culture." —From the school

  • Gr. 9 to 12 (Coed)
  • Traditional curriculum
  • $18,600
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King's Christian Collegiate 18600 HighSchools Day Homestay Coed
Rigaud, Quebec
Rue Saint-Pierre/Rue Bourget
 
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"Collège Bourget is a day & boarding school located between Montreal and Ottawa. French and English high school programs are offered. Bourget aims to foster personal autonomy, academic development, and perseverance." —From the school

  • Gr. PS to 12 (Coed)
  • Traditional curriculum
  • $5,165 to $33,180
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College Bourget 5165 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Coed
Foothills, Alberta
Range Road 12/306 Ave W
 
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"Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School is an independent, private coeducational, continuum IB (primary, middle, and diploma programme) day school for Kindergarten - Grade 12, located just outside of Calgary, AB." —From the school

  • Gr. K to 12 (Coed)
  • Progressive curriculum; International Baccalaureate
  • $21,000 to $27,000
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Step One: Be Patient and Understanding

Understand that Autistic Spectrum Disorders are a collection of lifelong neurological difficulties. They are very complex and encompass autistic disorderattention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), Asperger's syndrome, childhood disintegrative disorder, autism spectrum disorder and other pervasive developmental disorders, according to authors Carol L. Paasche, Lola Gorrill, Bev Strom in Children With Special Needs in Early Childhood Settings: Identification, Intervention, Inclusion. The reason why a wide range of disorders falls under the umbrella term of autism is the majority of individuals who have been diagnosed as autistic experience difficulties in five main areas: academics, social interaction, emotional exploration, communication and physical abilities. It is also why educators must be patient and understanding when teaching autistic students.

Step Two: Complete Assessments

Assessments are necessary in the development of a program of study. They can include informal assessments to determine social and emotional skills, daily organic assessments to determine appearance and demeanor, or standardized tests. Assessments will help you to determine where on the academic scale to place your student, what are the main areas of need and strengths, and what interests the student. Once you have completed your initial assessments you will be able to develop a program of study that incorporates activities from the five areas of difficulty mentioned above. This is key because, "If autism is diagnosed early, and intervention and treatment are started at an early age (depending on how severe the disorder is), the child may be able to overcome or lessen the impact of many of the symptoms," according to the authors.

Step Three: Develop a Program of Study

Your program of study must be individualized. You are teaching a unique individual, who just happens to have more barriers to overcome than you could ever imagine. It is for this reason that you must keep three things in mind when developing a program of study.

  • Use concepts of differentiated instruction when developing a program for an autistic student. Differentiation has been defined by early childhood development consultant Kathy Bigio as, "the right of each pupil to be taught in a way specifically tailored to their individual learning needs."
  • Make sure that you include daily exercises that will strengthen the five main areas that all autistic students experience difficulties in. An activity that seems simple but incorporates all five is Tic-Tac-Toe; academics–mathematical-based logic puzzle and analysis; social interaction–game play and learning how to take turns; emotional exploration–how does it feel to win or lose; communication–listen to and understand instructions; and physical abilities–fine motor control.
  • Use the provincial curriculum. Start with the overall expectations and use them to develop assessments. Then, use the specific expectations to develop, and/or choose workbooks/worksheets for your student.

Step Four: Use Resources

Resources can be broken down into three categories: paper, technology and people.

People:

  • Parents/Guardians:

The key people resources are the parents/guardians of the student. Developing a working relationship with parents/guardians will assist in monitoring the progress of the student. They can become strong allies in ensuring an academic career that is filled with successes instead of failures.

  • Support Workers:

Support workers fulfill three main functions: They assist the student in social situations, both inside the school and in the community; they serve as a bridge between teachers and parents/guardians; and they can assist teachers with difficult academic concepts that may not be readily grasped by students. They may also serve as an emotional stabilizer for the student during transitions. Developing a respectful relationship with support workers will assist both you and your student.

  • Speech Therapists & Librarians:

Due to the fact that autistic students have difficulty with communication, enlisting aid from speech therapists and librarians is key for both you and your student. The speech therapist can offer insight and support in mastering auditory language skills, and the librarian can offer support in the mastering of visual language skills.

 

 

WATCH: Learn what helped Brendan, who was diagnosed with autism at age three, thrive at school.

Technology:

Never has there been a time when technological resources were so plentiful and so portable! If you take a look at the standard cellphone you will see that they come equipped with assistive technologies. One tool that falls under the heading of assistive technologies is an application that will talk for you. This means that a non-verbal student can type a message on his/her cellphone, press, "Speak," and the phone will speak for them! These students have access to their own, personal translator.

Another key device is the iPad. There are a plethora of applications and programs that can be downloaded (many for free) to assist students in the mastery of math, English, social skills and communication. Due to the nature of the iPad, anyone who uses it is also increasing their visual and spatial awareness, dexterity and fine-motor control. 

Paper:

Once you have established a grade level for your student, invest in workbooks that meet both the grade level expectations and will assist in acquiring skills in various areas of need. For example, if the student experiences difficulty in language acquisition, utilize workbooks in the following key areas: grammar, spelling and phonics; reading–both fiction and factual; word searches and crosswords. Do not feel that developing an individualized program of study means that you need to develop all the paper resources for each autistic student in your class. In other words, it may not be necessary to reinvent the wheel.

Keeping these four basic steps in mind will ensure that both you and your student have a successful school year.

—Virginia Willems

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