APSEA offers additional supports to ensure children and youth have the necessary tools and resources to access the core curriculum. Other supports are available to augment the program that has been developed by a school team.
Assessment (Centre Based)
Assessment is the foundation of program planning. A Centre-Based Assessment provides valuable information to the school-based or preschool teams at key transition points. The Assessment Team, at the APSEA Centre in Halifax, provides individual assessment based on questions submitted by the child’s program team.
Referrals for Assessment are coordinated by the Itinerant Teacher and may be submitted in the fall and spring of each year. A comprehensive Assessment Report is provided to the family and school team. Case Conferences are held to provide an opportunity for the referring team to discuss the Assessment Report with the Centre-based team.
All assessments for students who are blind and visually impaired include:
- Functional Vision Assessment
- Braille/Literacy Evaluation
- Psycho-educational Assessment
The referring team may also identify other areas of the ECC which may include:
- Assistive Technology
- Career/Transition Planning
- Functional Living
- Orientation and Mobility
Multidisciplinary Assessment for students with additional challenges can be arranged in various ways, and involves collaboration with families, educators and other professionals working with the child.