Supports & Interventions

The Students Services Department of the Cape Breton Victoria Regional School Board offers supports and services to all of our student's with special needs. 

Comprehensive Guidance & Counselling Programs

posted May 14, 2015, 8:52 PM by Jim McNeil   [ updated Dec 7, 2015, 7:09 AM ]

The CBVRSB has Guidance Counsellors in many of its schools, providing counselling programs and services to all levels from elementary to senior high. To provide some information about what counsellors can do to help your child, the following is a guide. Please contact your child's school for more information.


What Does A Guidance Counsellor Do?

Guidance counsellors can be a vital part in a students school life by helping them in many facets of their education, personal and social life. The following acronym has been used to describe some of the support provided to students by Guidance Counsellors.

G Guidance services are provided for an individual or groups.

U Use me if I can't help you, I may know someone who can.

I Introduce yourself. There may be only 2 counsellors but 1100 students.

D Discipline is not my responsibility. Preventing discipline problems can be.

A Assisting students in adjustment problems.

N Need of students vary. You don't have to have a serious problem to see your Guidance Counsellor.

C Confidentiality is a must between student and counsellor.

E Each one of you can obtain current information on most careers or sign up for the Choices Program.


C Conferences are sometimes arranged with your teachers and parents.

O Orientation programs are provided for new students.

U Understanding you and helping you understand others is our job.

N Needs of students may include counseling for future educational plans, post secondary application, scholarships and letters of references.

S Study habits, development, scheduling courses, and special programs are services provided for all students.

E Educational counselling is often needed in selecting courses and programs.

L Liaison with administrators, staff, students and parents.

L Liaison with community resources help us obtain services the school does not provide.

O Organizing special programs

R Research, record keeping, reports and referrals are provided.


Many of the schools in the CBVRSB have adopted the Comprehensive Guidance and Counselling Program.


What is comprehensive guidance and counselling?

The comprehensive guidance and counselling program is built around four specific areas related to the personal, social, academic, and career development of students. In order to plan a program around these areas, it is first necessary to have an understanding of what the needs of the students are. With this in mind, a needs assessment process is used. Needs of a school are identified by collecting information from students, parents/guardians, educators, and the community at large. This assessment is done approximately every three to four years.


Advisory Committee

An advisory committee is struck, coordinated by the guidance counsellors and composed of people from administration, staff, students, parents/guardians, and community members. One of the Committee's purposes is to draw up the needs assessments which will be distributed to students, staff, and parents/guardians.

Building blocks of program

Guidance Curriculum

In this particular area, guidance counsellors may assist teachers in making the guidance curriculum a part of their classroom. This assistance could range from consulting to team teaching.


Professional Services

These services consist of referral, counselling, consultation, or information made available to students. It includes personal, social, career, educational, and crisis issues.


Life and Career Planning

Some of the concepts covered in this area are individual assessment, information gathering, decision making, goal setting, and career options.


Program Management and System Support

The guidance counsellors would be involved in community outreach programs, serve on committees, conduct research, do report writing, be involved in professional development, and so forth.


Steps to Initiating the Comprehensive Guidance Program

Obtain program materials and training
Establish an advisory committee
Assess needs
Determine resources
Identify expected student outcomes
Define program activities
Implement program activities
Evaluate program


CBVRSB Crisis Intervention Teams

Another responsibility of Guidance Counsellors in the board is to respond to crisis situations. Four crisis teams, comprised of Guidance Counsellors and school board social workers, act on a rotating basis to respond to crisis events that take place in the schools. Response is often crisis counselling to those affected students and staff.


School Social Work Services

posted May 14, 2015, 8:48 PM by Jim McNeil   [ updated Dec 7, 2015, 7:07 AM ]

Role of the School Social Worker

School social workers provide the following support services:

  • Consultation with school administrators, teacher and parents
  • Individual counseling and support to students
  • Family counseling and support to families
  • Group counseling to students
  • Parent Education
  • Bridging education
  • Referral services to community agencies
  • Collaboration with community programs


Transition Programming Support

posted May 14, 2015, 8:43 PM by Jim McNeil   [ updated Jun 23, 2016, 7:44 PM by Genevieve Richardson ]

http://studentservices.ednet.ns.ca/sites/default/files/transition_planning_web.pdf




Transitioning Transition Support


Transition planning is a collaborative process that is most often initiated by the school program planning teams. This process should involve the parents and anyone working with that student who is able to contribute to the transition planning.

In order to receive this transition support a Transition Support Referral must be completed and sent to the Coordinator of Student Services for approval. With the approval of the Coordinator of Student Services, the Transition Support Lead Teacher or members of the Transition Lead Team can help to support school program planning teams with this process.


What is Transitioning?

Transitioning is the passage from one stage to another and is a lifelong process. Transition occurs when a student moves from home to school, from grade to grade, from school to school, from school to community. (Transition Planning for Students with Special Needs: The Early Years through to Adult Life, 2005, p. 5).

Transition planning takes into consideration the major aspects of each student's life experiences and assists in determining appropriate educational resources and programming. (Transition Planning, p. 3)

Transition planning is essential if we are to be empowered to improve the quality of our students' independent lives. (Transition Planning, p. 5)

Transition planning is part of the individual planning process for each student with special needs... School to community transition planning should begin when a student enters junior high school. (Policy 2.7, Special Education Policy Manual, 1996, p.49)

Transition planning is necessary at key transition stages for any student for whom an individual program plan (IPP) has been developed, as well as, for those students who do not have an IPP, but whose special needs related to transitioning must be addressed. (Transition Planning, 2005)

Although transition planning occurs for all students during their years in school, it is essential that individualized and collaborative transition plans be developed for those students requiring additional supports to achieve their potential.

The Transition Planning Process The transition planning process has four essential components: policy and guiding principles, collaborative consultation, the individualized transition planning process, and the development and implementation of an individualized transition plan. (Transition Planning, p. 3)

Establish Individual Transition Plan Outcomes → Base Outcomes on Strengths, Needs, and Aspirations → Engage in Community Resource Mapping → Identifying Existing or Required Services, Supports, and/or Programs → Linking the Outcomes to Services, Supports, and/or Programs. (Supporting Student Success, 2005)

Transition planning for students with special needs is a process that involves the cooperation, collaboration, and participation of students, parent(s)/guardian(s), educators, and other professionals to ensure that an individualized transition plan is developed to support the student through key transition stages. (Transition Planning, p. 9)

What is a Transition Plan?

A transition plan is a written document that reflects outcomes developed collaboratively in response to the specific strengths and needs of the student in relation to a transition phase in the student’s life. (Transition Planning, p. 6)


Effective Transition Planning Involves:
  • Early identification and assessment
  • Individualized program planning
  • Collaboration between home, school and community
  • Informed and involved parents/guardians
  • Knowledge of community based programming and services
  • Clearly defined roles and responsibilities
  • An understanding that it is a collaborative process
  • An understanding and acceptance that transitioning is a life long process
  • Tracking, monitoring and evaluating the plan and the process

Who is Responsible for the Development of the Transition Plan?

The responsibility for the development of the individualized program plan is shared among all the members of the student’s program planning team. (Transition Planning, P. 6)


Other Links


A Community Based Service Directory

Employment/ Supported Employment

Contact Name

Address

Phone/Fax

Email Address

Aboriginal People’s Training & Employment Commission (APTEC)

PO Box 1320 Truro, NS, B2N 5N2

www.ncns.ca

902-895-1523,

1-800-565-4372

Fax: 895-0024

  aptec@ncns.ns.ca

Ann Terry Women’s  Employment Outreach Project

165 Townsend St. Sydney, NS,    B1P 5E4

902-539-0404

Fax:539-5473

 

Black Business Initiative

Centennial Building, Suite 1201 – 1660 Hollis St.

Halifax, NS B3J 1V7

902-426-2224

1-888-664-9333

Fax:426-8699

bbi@bbi.ns.ca     or

www.bbi.ns.ca

Broadened Day Options

St. Michael’s Hall, New Waterford, NS

902-862-8544

 

Cape Breton Black Employment Partnership Committee

731 Victoria road, Sydney B1N 1J3

www.klis.com/capebreton.htm

902-562-6656

 

CAPE – Centre for Adults in Progressive Employment

40 Mac Lean St. Glace Bay B1A 2K7

http://brasstack.cjb.net

902-849-3798

Fax:849-8187

cape@ns.sympatico.ca

EmployAbility Partnership 

500 George St. Sydney, NS, B1P 6R7

902-539-5673

Fax: 539-6226

1-888-336-1135

info@employablilitypartnership.ca

Haley Street, Adult Services Centre Society

26 Haley St. North Sydney, NS, B2A 3L3

902-794-3517

Fax: 794-9650

info@haleystreet.org

Horizon Achievement Centre 

780 Upper Prince Street, Sydney, NS, B1P 5N6

902-539-8553

Fax: 567-0415

horizon @ns.sympatico.ca

Human Resources Development Canada (HRDC) Sydney

15 Dorchester St. Sydney, NS, B1P 6J3

902-564-7200

902-564-7130

Fax: 564-3651

 

HRDC, North Sydney

105 King St. North Sydney, NS, B2A 3S1

902-794-5715

Fax: 794-5724

 

HRDCGlace Bay

70 Main St. Glace Bay, NS,B1A 4X9

902-842-2655

 

Membertou Outreach

111 Membertou St. Sydney, NS, B1S 2M9

902-564-6466

1-800-617-6466

Fax: 539-6645

 

Native Council of Nova Scotia

140 Wentworth Sydney, NS

B1P 1G6

902-567-1240

Fax:564- 1123

cbaptec@syd.eastlink.ca

Network for Entrepreneurs with Disabilities (NEWD) and Initiative for Developing Entrepreneurship Activity in Nova Scotia(IDEA NS) 

1575 Brunswick St. Halifax, NS, B3J 2G1

1-800-797-4188

902-426-0591/0561

Fax: 426-6530

newd@cbsc.ic.gc.ca

New Waterford Employment & Resource Center

3372 Plummer Ave. New Waterford, NS, B1H 1Y7

902-862-8856

Fax: 862- 3876

nwerc@nwerc.ca

Sterling Outreach

1 Sampson St. Glace Bay, NS, B1A 6H4

902-842-1074

 

Touch On Wood   

196 Prince StreetSydney, NS       B1P 5K5

902-539-9663

Fax:902-539-1100

tow@ns.sympatico.ca

Whitney Pier Outreach

731 Victoria Road, Sydney, NS, B1N 1J3

902-562-6656

Fax: 562-3463

outreach@ns.sympatico.ca

 Work Activity Centre

 70 Reeves St. Sydney, NS,       B1P 3C5

 902-562-1803

Fax: 564-5485

 knearing@ns.aliantzinc.ca

YMCA Career and Employment Resource Centre

399 Charlotte St. Sydney

 B1P 1E3

902-564-9151

 

YMCA Enterprise Centre

106 Reserve St. Glace Bay, NS, B1A 4W5

902-849-5500

 

 

Recreation/Leisure

Contact Name

Address

Phone/Fax

Email Address

Canadian Association for Community Living

29 Gunn St. Sydney, NS, B1N 2L2

902-562-0447

 

Town House Citizens Service League

150 Commercial St., Glace Bay, NS,

B1A 3C1

902-849-2449

Fax: 849-2449

 

Volunteer Resource Centre – New Dawn Enterprises Ltd.

4 Dryden Ave. (Radar Base), Sydney, NS,  B1N 3K6

902-562-1245

Fax: 539-7210

sydneyvolunteers@ns.sympatico.ca

YMCA of Cape Breton

399 Charlotte Street, Sydney, NS B1P 1E3
 

902-562-9622

 

 

Post Secondary Learning / Universities/ Community Colleges

Contact Name

Address

Phone/Fax

Email Address

Accommodation SolutionsB1P 6R7

500 George Street, Suite 250Sydney, NS,

1-888-336-1135

902-539-2387

 

Cape Breton Literacy Network

PO Box 1283, Sydney, NS,    B1P 6J9

902-564-8404

Fax: 567-2521

alacbc@syd.eastlink.ca

Cape Breton University

PO Box 5300, 1250 Grand Lake Rd. Sydney, NS,  B1P 6L2

902-539-5300

1-888-959-9995

Fax: 562- 0119

generaling@uccb.ns.ca

Career and Transition Services NSCC

1240 Grand Lake RoadPO Box 1042, Sydney, NS,B1P 6S7

902-563-2265 

Betty.O’Neill@nscc.ca

Community Learning Association North of Smokey (CLANS)

PO Box 270 Ingonish, NS,B0C 1K0

902-285-2354

Fax: 285-2052

clans@ns.sympatico.ca

Disabilities Resource Facilitator AccessAbility Centre (Cape Breton University)

PO Box 5300, 1250 Grand Lake Rd, Sydney, NS, B1P 6L2

902-563-1404

Fax: 563-1371 

mel_Clarke@cbu.ca

Disabilities Resource Facilitator Marconi Campus

1240 Grand Lake Road, Sydney B1P 6S7

902-563-2680

Fax:902-563-0511

 murdena.kolanko@nscc.ca

Each One Teach One- Volunteer Resource Centre

282 George St, Sydney,   NS      B1P 6J7

902-562-1245

 

National Education Association of Disabled Students (NEADS)

4th Level Uni-centre, Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario,    K1S 5B6

613-526-8008

1-877-670-1256

Fax: (613)- 369-4391

 info@neads.ca

Nova Scotia Community College- Marconi Campus

1240 Grand Lake Road, Sydney, NS, B1P 6J7

902-563-2450

Fax: 563-3440

Marconi.info@nscc.ca

Nova Scotia Department of Education- NS Student Assistance Program  

2021 Brunswick St. Halifax, NS

1-800-565-8420

stuasst@gov.ns.ca

 

Supportive Societies

Contact Name

Address

Phone/Fax

Email Address

Abilities foundation of Nova Scotia

3670 Kempt Road, Halifax, NS B3K 4X8

902-453-6000

Fax: 902-454-6121

 admin@abilitiesfoundation.ns.ca

Anxiety Disorders

21 Warren St. Glace Bay, NS,B1A 1E1

 

 

Arthritis Society

188 George Street, Sydney, NS B1P IJ3

902-539-8080

1-800-321-1433

Fax: 539-1614

 info@ns.arthritis.ca

Attention Deficit Hyper-Activity Disorder

2000 Highway 28, Sydney, NS,B1N 3H6

 902-869-1117

 adans@adans.ns.ca

 Brain Injury Association of  NS-

 

 Contact Stewart    Sommers

 ssommers@edmsid.com

Cairdeil Place  

288 Bentnick St.Sydney, NS

B1P 1G9

902-539-4228

Fax:902-539-1564

cairdeil.place@ns.sympatico.ca

Canadian Diabetes Association   

8 High St., Sydney, NS, B1P 1V7

902-564-6461

Fax:902-564-5354

cda@auracom.com

Canadian National Institute for the Blind

8 Hugh Street, Sydney, NS

902-564-5711

Fax: 562-9802

nspei@cnib.ca

Canadian Paraplegic Association

PO Box 5611 Louisbourg, NS

B1C 2L8

902-733-3098

1-800-566-1887

Fax: 902-733-3098

sydney@canparaplegic.org

Cape Breton Downs Syndrome Society

29 Gunn St., Sydney, NS, B1N 2L2

902-562-5069

Fax:902-562-4548

Website:  www.cdss.cabevmccabe@msn.com

Cerebral Palsy Association

1229 Frenchvale Rd., Frenchvale, NS B2A 4N2

902-794-2880

902-794-3605

 

Children’s Wish Foundation

Park Place, Ramada Plaza Hotel Tower 238 Brownlow Ave., Suite 105, Dartmouth, NS   B3B 2B4

902-492- 1984

Fax: 902-492-1908

1-800-267-9474

 ns@childrenswish.ca

Epilepsy Association of NS

Sydney Support Group

564-9477

1-866-374-5377

 info@epilepsyns.com

Invisible Disabilities Association of Canada

 

902-542-5862

idacan@ns.sympatico.ca

Kidney Foundation – Cape Breton

117 Braemar Dr., Sydney, NS, B1R 1W1

902-562- 3621

902-562-3857

 

Learning Disabilities Association 

67 Engelwood Crescent, Sydney, NS, B1S 3L8

902-562-5589

902- 562-8222

 info@ldans.ca

Learning Disabilities Association of NS

46 Portland St., Suite 601 Dartmouth, NS

B2Y 1H4

902-423-2850

Fax:902-423-2834

1-877-238-5322

561-6555(Sydney)

info@ldans.ca

Learning Disabilities Association

Po Box 219, Baddeck, NS,      BOE 1BO

902-295-3266

 

Metro Ostomy Association

60-3rd St, Sydney, NS,  B1P 6G5

902-862-6849

902-8540

1-888-969-9698

 

 Multiple Sclerosis Society of Cape Breton

 151 Taylor St. Sydney, NS,     B1N 2W8

 902-539-3409

 info@mssociety.ca

Muscular Dystrophy Association

Suite 222 170 Cromarty Dr., Dartmouth, NS

B3B 0G1

902-429-6322

1-800-884-6322

Fax: 902-425-4226

 

New Waterford Homemakers Service Society

3390 Plummer Ave., New Waterford, NS, B1H 1Y9

902-862-7554

Fax:902-862-8282

administrator@nwhss.com

Nightingale Nursing Services

851 Kings Rd., Sydney, NS, B1S 1C2

902-564-6274

Fax:902-562-0058

 nightingaleinfo@eastlink.ca

Nova Scotia League for Equal Opportunities

5251 Duke St., Suite 1211, Halifax, NS, B3J 1P3

902-455-6942

1-866-696-7536

Fax: 902-454-4781

nsleo@ns.sympatico.ca

Society for treatment of Autism

541 Charlotte St. PO Box 392, Sydney, NS,  B1P 6H2

902-567-6441

Fax:902-567-0425

autism@ns.sympatico.ca

Spina Bifida Association of Nova Scotia

PO Box 341 Cold Brook, NS B4R 1B6

1-800-304-0450

Fax:902-679-1433

Spina.bifida@ns.sympatico.ca

Spina Bifida Association of Nova Scotia – Cape Breton Chapter

PO Box 146, Sydney, NS,B1P 5Z0

902-849-4401

Spina.bifida@ns.sympatico.ca

United Way of Cape Breton

P.O. Box 1929, 500 Kings Rd., Suite 200, Cabot House, Sydney, NS, B1P 6W4

902-562-5226

Fax:902-562-5721

office@sydney.unitedway.ca  or

unitedway@ns.aliantzinc.ca

Volunteer Resource Centre

1 Military Rd., Sydney, NS, B1N 3K6

902-562-1245

Fax:902-539-7210

vrc@newdawn.ca 

 

Housing/Supported Living Arrangements

Contact Name

Address

Phone/Fax

Email Address

Access-A-Home Cape Breton Regional

360 Prince Street Sydney, NS, B1P 5L1

902-563-2120

 

Cape Breton Community Housing Program

50 Dorchester St.

Sydney, NS, B1P 5Z1

902-539-0025

Fax:902-562-5746

 

Dept of Community Services - In Home Support

360 Prince Street, Sydney, NS, B1P 5L1

902-563-3302

902-563-3300

Fax:902-563-5693

902-563-0516

 

Resi-Care Association

9 Gordon Whitney Drive

Prime Brook, NS

B1L 1E6

902-539-2478

 

Ronald McDonald House

1133 Tower Road, Halifax, NS,  B3H 2Y7

902-429-4044

   

 

Personal Management  

Contact Name

Address

Phone/Fax

Email Address

Cape Breton Help Line for Teens

 

902-567-0330

Fax:902-562-4357

1-800-957-9995

ERHL@hotmail.com

Kids Help Phone

 

1-800-668-6868

 

 

Personal/Family Relationships

Contact Name

Address

Phone/Fax

Email Address

Breton Caregivers

955 Westmount Rd., Sydney, NS, B1R 1C5

902-539-2715

Fax:902-567-2930

bretoncare@ns.alientzinc.ca

Community Respite Program

541 Charlotte St, Sydney, NS

902-567-6441

 

Family Place Resource Centre

106 Townsend St, Sydney, NS B1P 5E1

902-562-5616

Fax:902-562-8528

 jlatulippe-rochon@familyplace.ca

Planned Parenthood of Cape Breton

150 Bentinck St.,  Sydney, NS

B1P 1G6

902-539-5158

Fax: 902-539-0290

 pp.cb@ns.sympatico.ca

St. John Ambulance

335 George St.,

Sydney, NS,

B1P 1J7

902-564-4189

1-888-633-1115

Fax: 902-539-2730

sjacb@ns.sympatico.ca

Town Day Care Center

15 Second St.

Glace Bay, NS, 

B1A 4W3

440 George St. Sydney, NS B1P 1K3

902-849-6086

 

 

902-567-0991 (Sydney)

 

Youth Health Centre –

Glace Bay

201 Reserve St. Glace Bay, NS,  B1A 4W3

902-842-1612

 

Youth Health Centre-

New Waterford

Breton Education Centre, 667 Eight St, New Waterford, NS,  B1H 3T4

902-862-9670

 

Youth Health Centre-

Sydney Mines

Memorial High School: 80 Memorial Dr., Sydney Mines,

B1V 3M2

902-544-1424

 

Youth Health Centre

Sydney

Sydney Academy,  49 Terrace St, Sydney, NS,  B1P 2L4

902-567-1056

 

 

Health /Wellness/Medical Services

Contact Name

Address

Phone/Fax

Email Address

AIDS Coalition of Cape Breton

150 Bentinck St. PO Box  177, Sydney, NS, B1P 6H1

902-567-1766

Fax: 902-567-1766

1-877-597-9255

Anonymous Testing

(902)- 567-1123

Asthma Foundation of NS

17 Alma Crescent, Halifax, NS, B3N 2C4

1-888-566-5864

Fax:902-443-8141

info@ns.lung.ca

Cape Breton Physiotherapy  Work Hardening Centre Ltd.

8 Maple St. Sydney, NS B1P 6V8

902-539-9600

Fax:902-539-5400

 

Cape Breton Regional Hospital-  Mental Health Centre

1482 George St, Sydney, NS   B1P 1P3

902-567-8093

902-567-7735

cmhacbrh@cbdha.nshealth.ca

Cape Breton Regional Hospital- Outpatient  Mental Health Services

1482 George St, Sydney, NS,  B1P 1P3

902-567-7730

902-567- 7735

Fax:902-567-7905

 

CB Regional Hospital Pulmonary   Unit

1482 George St, Sydney, NS,  B1P 1P3

902-567-7762

 

Cape Breton Society of Deaf and Hard of Hearing

762 Victoria Rd., Sydney, NS, B1N 1J6

902-564-0003

TTY: 564-0486

Fax:902-0003

cbdeaf@ns.sympatico.ca

Cape Breton Wellness Centre

c/o Cape Breton University

PO Box 5300, Sydney B1P 6L2

902-563-1422

1-877-391-8688

Fax:902-563-1612

Cbwellness.center@uccb.ns.ca

Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation

5816 St. Margaret’s Bay Rd. Head of Margaret’s Bay, NS B3Z 2E4

 902-422-8137

Fax: 902-422-6552

1-800-265-1101

 ccfc@ccfc.ca

Crossroads Clubhouse

40 Bentinck St. Sydney, NS,B1P 6H1

902-567-7961

crossroads@cbha.nshealth.ca

Easter Seals Mobile Medical Clinics

3670 Kempt Road, Halifax, NS, B3K 4X8

902-453-6000

Fax: 902-454-6121

 admin@abilitiesfoundation.ns.ca

Glace Bay Health Promotion Clinic

95 Union St. Glace Bay, NS,B1A 2P6

902-842- 1176

Fax:902-849-1458

 

Glace Bay Mental Health Centre

60 MacKeen St. Glace Bay, NS,  B1A 5B9

902-849-4413

 

Nova Scotia Hearing and Speech Clinic

5599 Fenwick St. Halifax, NS B3H 1R2

902-752-4507

 

Nova Scotia Hearing and Speech Clinic

c/o Harbourview Hospital Corp., 22 Richard St.

SydneyMines, NS

B1V 2H7

902-736-2831 ext 146

902-736-4403

Fax: 902-736-0765

 

Nova Scotia Hearing and Speech Clinic

Cape Breton Regional Hospital, 1482 George St, Sydney, NS,

 B1P 1P3    OR

c/o Health Park 45 Weatherbee Rd., Suite 106, Sydney, NS

 B1M 0A1

 902-567-7221

 

 

 

 

902-564-7576

902-564-7577

Fax: 902-564-7479

 

NS Medical Services Insurance  (MSI)

PO Box 500,

7 Spectacle Lake Drive, Dartmouth , NS,

B3J 2S1

1-800-563-8880

 902-496-7008

 

Victorian Order of Nurses VON

380 King’s Rd., Moxham Centre, Suite 5

Sydney, NS  B1S 1A8

902-564-6479

Fax:902-562-2330

 

 

Financial Planning/Income Support

Contact Name

Address

Phone/Fax

Email Address

Department of Community Services

360 Prince St., Sydney, NS,     B1P 5L1

902-563-2120

Fax: 902-563-2370

1-800-567-2135

 

Department of Community Services

184 Commercial St., North Sydney, NS, 

B2A 1B6

902 - 794-5110

Fax:902-794-5171

 

Department of Community Services

633 Main Street, Glace Bay, NS, B1A 6J3

902-849-4000

Fax:902-842-4067

 

 

Transportation

Contact Name

Address

Phone/Fax

Email Address

Handi-Trans Cape Breton

320 Esplanade, Sydney,233 Welton St., Sydney, NS,  B1P 7B9

902-539-4336

Fax:902-539-1763

dmacdonald@cbrm.ns.ca

Unique Charters Ltd.

15 Athlone St. Glace Bay, NS,B1A 1N2

902-849-0863 Fax:902-849-1689

 

Acadian Lines Ltd. Sydney 

99 Terminal RdSydney, NS

B1P 7B3

902-564-5533

http://www.smtbus.com/accessibleservices.asp 

 

Advocacy/Legal Services

Contact Name

Address

Phone/Fax

Email Address

Community Involvement of the Disabled

28 Hillview St., Sydney, NS B1P 2H4

902-564-9817

Fax:902-564-5758

 

Disabled Persons Commission

Dartmouth Professional Centre - 277 Pleasant St., Suite 104 Dartmouth, NS B2Y 4B7

902-424-8280

1-800-565-8280

TTY: 902-424-2667

TTY: 1-800-996-9954

 

Network for Children and Youth

338 Charlotte St. Sydney, NS,  B1P 1C8

902-563-3708

 

Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission

Provincial Building

360 Prince St. Sydney, NS, B1P 5L1

902-563-2140

1-877-269-7699

Fax:902-563-5613

 

Nova Scotia League for Equal Opportunities

1211-5251 Duke St., Halifax, NS B3V 1P3

902 - 455-6942

1-866-696-7536

 

Nova Scotia People First

295 George Street, Sydney, NS, B1P 1J7

902-539-4461

 

Ombudsman

5670 Spring Garden Road, Suite 700-

 PO Box 2152

Halifax, NS, B3J 3B7

1-800-670-1111

902-424-6780

Fax: 902-424-6675

 ombudsman@gov.ns.ca

ReachAbility

200-6389 Coburg Rd. Suite 200, Halifax, NS, B3H 2A5

902-429-5878

1-866-429-5878

Fax:902-429-5878

  info@reachability.org

Worker’s Compensation Board of  Nova Scotia

336 King’s Rd. Medical Arts Building, Suite 117 Sydney, NS  B1S 1A9

902-563-2444

1-800-880-0003

Fax: 563-0512

info@wcb.gov.ns.ca

 

Interventions

Contact Name

Address

Phone/Fax

Email Address

Allkids Early Intervention

15 Second St. , Glace Bay, NS, B1A 4E9

902-849-3429

Fax: 902-842-0655

allkids@ns.sympatico.ca

Autistic Intervention Program

Medical Arts BuildingSuite 205336 King’s Rd, Sydney, NS, B1S 1A9

902-539-5383

mhealthaip@cbdha.nshealth.ca

Child & Adolescent Services (CAS)

CB Regional Hospital 1482 George Street, Sydney, NS

902-567-7731

c&arecpt@cbdha.nsheath.ca

Child & Adolescent Services Clinics

121 Union St., Glace Bay Hospital

902-849-4413

 

Child & Adolescent Services Clinics

520 Purves St., North Sydney Hospital

902-794-8551

 

Child & Adolescent Services Clinics

716 King St., New Waterford Hospital

902-862-7195

 

Child & Adolescent Services Clinics

Sydney- CB Regional

902-567-7730

 

Children’s Aid Society Regional Administrator

1030 Upper Prince St. Sydney, NS, B1P 5P3

902-563-3303

Fax: 902-563-3660

 

Children’s Aid Society -

Sydney

360 Prince Street, Sydney, NS B1P 5L1

902-563-3400

Fax: 902-563-3667

 

Children’s Aid Society -

North Sydney

184 Commercial St, North Sydney, NS, 

B2A 1B9

902-794 5110

Fax: 902-794-5191

 

Children’s Aid Society -

Glace Bay

Children’s Aid Society – New Waterford

Senator’s Place, 3rdFloor 633 Main Street, Glace Bay  B1A 4K9

680 King St., New Waterford, NS B1H 3Z3

902-842- 4010

Fax: 902-842-4091

 

902-862-3951

Fax: 902-862-7661

 

 

 

Cas.brc@ns.sympatico.ca

    
    
    

  

Teacher Assistant Support

posted May 14, 2015, 8:33 PM by Jim McNeil   [ updated Dec 7, 2015, 7:11 AM ]

Special Needs Transportation Services

posted May 14, 2015, 8:31 PM by Jim McNeil   [ updated Dec 7, 2015, 7:10 AM ]


ASD Support

posted May 14, 2015, 8:22 PM by Jim McNeil   [ updated Dec 12, 2018, 7:36 AM by Amanda Keel-MacNeil ]

Assistive Technology Support

posted May 14, 2015, 8:07 PM by Jim McNeil   [ updated Jan 22, 2018, 8:06 AM by Lee Ann Astephen ]

https://studentservices.ednet.ns.ca/sites/default/files/assistive_technology.pdf


The Assistive Technology department provides assessment and intervention to students experiencing difficulties accessing curriculum in grades primary to twelve.

Assistive Technology is a range of strategies and resources which includes services and tools used to enable a student to meet outcomes or to improve or maintain a student’s ability to meet outcomes. Assistive technology has the potential to increase a student’s control over objects, daily activities, age-appropriate experiences and subsequent learning. The use of AT should not be viewed as an activity in itself, but as a means toward achieving goals. The program planning process should be used to identify and utilize appropriate assistive technology to achieve outcomes and maximize student participation. (Supporting Student Success: Assistive Technology – 2006)

Assistive Technology ranges from simple apparatus, such as a single switch access button, to complex tools, such as computer aided speech devices (Augmentative Communication Devices). According to the Special Education Policy Manual, Policy 1.5, when a student with special needs is identified either through family supplied information or through school board personnel, the classroom teacher uses available material and human resources to explore a variety of strategies in the learning process. The following resource can help teachers with ideas for exploration of instructional strategies:


If it is determined that these strategies are not working effectively, it is then the responsibility of the Board to implement a program planning committee to assess the student’s needs and to determine the kind of programming and services that should be provided to that student. This involves consulting with and mediating among diverse stakeholders, such as teachers, parents, medical and/or psychological personnel, speech-language pathologists and advocacy groups. Many times, the result will be that students will require some type of assistive technology. All of these procedures are identified in the Nova Scotia Department of Education and Culture Special Education Policy Manual.

Assistive Technology in the Program Planning Process:


Assistive Technology may be considered at any stage of a student’s learning development. An assessment may be initiated by the school’s program planning team, which may include principals, classroom teachers, specialist teachers, parents/guardians and/or other professionals. To initiate an assessment, an Assistive Technology referral form must be completed in TIENET and forwarded to the Assistive Technology Consultant. The referral form is comprised of three components: school referral form, parental form, and a follow up form which is to be completed three months after the technology has been implemented. Assessments are done in the school setting by a member of the Assistive Technology team. Appropriate hardware and software is obtained through the cooperation of the Student Services Department, the Technology Department, and the school.


School Psychology Services

posted May 14, 2015, 8:04 PM by Jim McNeil   [ updated Dec 12, 2018, 7:39 AM by Lauren Clare Duggan ]

School psychologists are an integral and important part of a comprehensive model of student services. They serve the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional Centre for Education by engaging in planning, developing, and implementing individual and group programs to address behavioral, emotional, and academic concerns. Collaborative consultation with teachers and mental health professionals enables school psychologists to participate in appropriate programming for students. They also consult with community agencies that support children and youth, such as medical practitioners, mental health professionals, and support groups.

Specific Services Provided:

Each school psychologist is assigned to a circuit of schools. A variety of services are provided which aim to address behavioral, social/emotional, and learning challenges. These services are provided using a team approach and may include:

Indirect Services:
  • working collaboratively with school teams (i.e. classroom and resource teachers, guidance counselors, speech language pathologists, program planning teams, administration, and parents/guardians)
  • contributing to the development of Individual Program Plans (IPPs), behavioural supports and program adaptations
  • providing insight and support to teachers regarding student strengths and challenges and their implications for learning
  • participating on school teams to review referrals for service
  • participating in school-based decision-making regarding appropriate placement of students
  • planning, providing and/or participating in professional development activities
  • serving as a school-community liaison regarding school psychology services
Direct Services:
  • conducting psycho-educational assessments of students
  • interpreting assessment results for members of the program planning team (teachers, administrators, and parents/guardians)
  • providing written reports of assessments, interventions, and programming recommendations
  • making referrals for service to other professionals and/or outside agencies as necessary
  • assisting with the planning and implementation of classroom management strategies and approaches that support students
  • counselling students and parents / guardians regarding the nature of the a student’s challenges and implications for learning and emotional / social development
  • maintaining records and files related to services in accordance with official policies

How to access the services of a school psychologist

Students identified as experiencing difficulty in some aspect of their school functioning are referred to the school’s program planning team. These referrals are typically initiated by a student’s classroom teacher. In some cases, parents/guardians may bring their concerns forward to the team through discussion with the classroom teacher. The team then attempts to identify possible solutions to the challenges the student is facing.

As outlined within the Policy 2.2 of the Special Education Policy, the school psychologist may be consulted in the following ways:

Process Stage

The school psychologist may…

 Screening and Identification

Informally consult with schools about learning or behavioural issues

Exploration of Instructional Strategies

 

Informally consult, as requested, with teachers about possible teaching and behavioural strategies

Referral for Program Planning Team

 

Provide support for the referrals and information gathering process

Program Planning Team Meetings

 

If further information is needed, provide consultation and/or assessment services

Program Plan Development

 

As a member of the school team:

  • Share information relevant to the student’s learning/behavioral profile
  • Assist in the selection and/or development of materials and resources appropriate to the challenges of the student
  • Assist in the selection of instructional strategies to meet student challenges

Implementation of Program Plan

 

  • Implement behavioural and/or social interventions specified in the Individual Program Plan
  • Provide ongoing consultation as a member of the program planning team

 Monitoring

Assist in evaluating the behavioural and/or social outcomes outlined in the IPP

 Reviewing of Program Plan

 When designated as responsible in the IPP, report on student progress in relation to the evaluation of behavioural and/or social outcomes



Location of School Psychologist Offices

Northside Assessment Office
Dr. T. L. Sullivan Middle School
(902) 736-2258

Sydney River Assessment Office
Sydney River Elementary
(902) 567-9617

            Glace Bay Assessment Office
            Glace Bay Elementary
            (902) 849-6356


            St. Anne's Assessment Office
            St. Anne's Elementary
            (902) 842-2294

Helpful Links:

http://ldac-acta.ca 
The Learning Disabilities Association of Canada provides further information about learning disabilities. The Association offers support, advocacy, and referral services to children, parents, professionals and others dealing with learning disabilities.

www.ldonline.org 
LD OnLine seeks to help children and adults reach their full potential by providing accurate and up-to-date information and advice about learning disabilities and ADHD.

www.anxietybc.com/anxiety-PDF-documents 
The Anxiety Disorders Association of British Columbia works to increase awareness about anxiety disorders. This website provides a variety of information and suggestions for parents.

This document provides information related to the Special Education Policy in Nova Scotia.

www.nsbep.org 
All psychologists must be registered with the Nova Scotia Board of Examiners in Psychology (NSBEP) in order to practice psychology in Nova Scotia. This site provides a directory of NS psychologists as well as information about registration requirements, standards of practice, etc.

Speech-Language Pathology Services

posted May 14, 2015, 7:53 PM by Jim McNeil   [ updated Jun 1, 2016, 5:32 AM by Genevieve Richardson ]

Speech-Language Pathology Services

Speech-Language Pathology Guidelines


 http://studentservices.ednet.ns.ca/sites/default/files/Speech_Language_Pathology_Guidelines.pdf



Speech-Language Pathology Services


The speech-language pathology services department provides assessment and intervention to students with communication difficulties from grades primary to twelve. We work within a consultative collaborative model which involves the provision of both direct and indirect services. Direct services include assessment and therapy sessions while indirect services include consultation, parent or school meetings, programming and conducting workshops. We follow the six-day school cycle and schedule services in schools on one or more of these days depending on the caseload size and needs in each location.


Speech-language pathologists are important members of the student services team.  We participate in program planning for students in the areas of communication, social skills development, and literacy.  Along with providing direct therapy  to students individually or in small groups, we also consult with teachers and parents on effective strategies to help students with communication challenges.  We may also consult with other professionals including physiotherapists, occupational therapists, psychologists, early childhood interventionists, and other communication specialists depending on the needs of a specific student.  Speech-language pathologists often belong to specialized student services teams or lead teams such as those for autism, assistive technology, learning disabilities, and behavior.


Specific Services Provided


Speech-language pathologists have a circuit of schools and support the school program planning process.  The services provided may include:

 

Consultation

Speech-language pathologists participate in program planning teams.  We work collaboratively with school personnel, parents, and other professionals to address and promote understanding of student communication challenges.  We consult with teachers regarding speech-language intervention strategies in the classroom.

Assessment

All referrals for speech-language assessments come through the school-based program planning team.  These referrals can be initiated by parents, teachers, school-based professionals such as psychologists or guidance counsellors, as well as by outside agency personnel (mental health, doctors, etc.). Parental consent is required for all speech-language services. The  Information for Parents letter and Speech-Language Parental Consent Form can be found on the Student Services Website under Forms.  Assessment may involve classroom/school observation, standardized testing, as well as informal assessment through play, conversation, and interaction.


Intervention

Students receiving direct therapy are generally seen once per six-day cycle, either individually or in a small group. Some students are placed on a waiting list until an opening becomes available. Direct therapy is provided for two consecutive cycles followed by a cycle of indirect service at the school.  Parents are welcome to attend a therapy session or speak with the S-LP to better understand the therapy process.


Indirect therapy services are provided in the form of a home program or classroom-based service. The speech-language pathologist may consult with teachers or provide periodic monitoring to evaluate progress for students receiving indirect services.


Home practice is essential to the speech-language program. Students enrolled in therapy receive homework at the end of each session. This homework needs to be practiced regularly and returned for the next session. Students who do not practice consistently may not progress in their speech and language development.


Professional Development

Speech-language pathologists can provide professional development to school staff, parents, and outside agencies on a variety of topics related to communication.  We keep current on speech-language and educational practices and share this with our school teams.


Types of Speech-Language Difficulties


  • Articulation: mispronunciation of speech sounds


  • Language: difficulty understanding or producing language (e.g. difficulty understanding concepts, following directions, poor grammar, limited vocabulary, inappropriate responses to questions, etc.); social communication development


  • Fluency (stuttering): interruption in the normal flow of speech (e.g. repeats words, prolongs sounds, has difficulty getting the words out)


  • Voice: hoarse, breathy or nasal voice quality


  • Augmentative & Alternative Communication (AAC): use of assistive strategies or devices for students with limited verbal communication


Location of Speech-Language Pathologist Offices


Sydney River Assessment Office

Sydney River Elementary School   

          567-9617


Northside Assessment Office

Thompson Middle School

794-6221


Bridgeport Assessment Office

Bridgeport School

849-6356


Greenfield Assessment Office

Greenfield School

842-4000


New Waterford Assessment Office

St. Agnes Elementary School

862-6716


Websites of interest


Speech-Language & Audiology Canada


Picture Exchange Communication System


Speech and Hearing Association of Nova Scotia


http://www.asha.org/


http://www.isaac-online.org/


http://www.speakingofspeech.com/


http://www.do2learn.com/ (games for students on early elementary concepts)


http://www.usevisualstrategies.com/


http://www.hanen.org/ (understanding language delay)


http://www.nsnet.org/autismns/ (Society for Treatment of Autism)


http://www.westutter.org/ (National Stuttering Association)


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