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Patient and family resources
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Classroom programs

Individual Education Plan

An Individual Education Plan is developed for each student who attends the Epilepsy Classroom.

A case conference is held at the end of the year with the classroom team, parents, and school representatives to facilitate the student's transition back to his or her home school.

When needed, Individual Placement and Review Committees (IPRC's) are arranged for the student at the home school and can be attended by the Classroom teacher.

Model of Instruction

A dynamic and adaptive style of instruction is used for all classroom programs. This style provides flexibility for each student's learning needs. We are also able to adapt instruction based on challenges associated with seizures. The primary focus of the classroom is on remediating literacy and mathematics and on enhancing psychosocial well being.  The time table also allows for science, social studies, art, learning to learn strategies, exposure to computers and training with assistive technology,  field trips and physical activity.  We are committed to using empirically based remedial approaches.

Reading, Spelling and Mathematics

Academics are taught using "Direct Instruction" (DI). Lessons are highly structured and scripted. Responses are modeled for the students. The structure and repetition of the lessons lead to on-line processing of information. Teaching is reciprocal, in that, the instructor is constantly checking in with the student to ensure that he or she is learning. Students commence the program at their readiness  level rather than their grade level and are taught to a mastery level.  Research completed in our classroom has shown that DI is a successful teaching method for children with intractable epilepsy.

Students whose reading level falls from a grade 2 to 5 level maybe enrolled in the EmpowerTM Reading Program developed by Dr. Maureen Lovett and her colleagues. 

Psychosocial/Social-Emotional Programming

1. Living with Epilepsy

The team's social worker, Heather Olivieri,  runs a psycho-social educational group once every three weeks throughout the school year. The group provides students with the opportunity to learn about seizures, share their experiences with each other,  talk about the impact epilepsy has on their life and learn to self-advocate around epilepsy.

2. Superflex Social Skills Program

This group is led by Cheryl Hendrie. Superflex®: A Superhero Social Thinking Curriculum is a fun and motivating way to teach students with social and communication skills. The three-part cognitive behavioral curriculum helps students develop further awareness of their own thinking and social behaviours and learn strategies to help them develop better self-regulation across a range of behaviours.

3. MindUpTM Program (The Hawn Foundation, 2011) 


MindUpTM is a research based curriculum which incorporates neuroscience, positive psychology, social-emotional learning, mindfulness and teaching strategies to promote self-regulation, resilience and optimism.  The main curriculum lesson is offered once every three weeks through out the school year by Dr. Elizabeth Kerr, Clinical Neuropsychologist, and Heather Olivieri, Social Worker. Concepts learned are reinforced by the classroom teaching staff.

Additional Programming

  • Yoga
  • Drums Alive
  • Music
  • KidsScience
  • Training of Assisted Technology

Neuropsychological Assessment

Dr. Elizabeth Kerr, head of the program and Clinical Neuropsychologist, offers comprehensive cognitive assessments  to each student enrolled in the classroom if he or she has not recently been assessed elsewhere. The evaluation assists in gaining a better understanding of a student's functioning in areas such as memory, attention, language, perception, problem-solving, reasoning and coordination. This information aids families, teachers and other professionals involved in the student's life to provide interventions that will meet the student's unique needs.

Individual and Family Counselling

Heather Olivieri, the team social worker,  provides individual and family counselling, as needed, to students enrolled in the classroom.

Developmental Assessment

Dr. Jay Rosenfield, a staff developmental paediatrician, and a fellow in training completed a developmental assessment with each student early in the school year. Parents and child are interviewed, and the child is given a brief examination of physical health and development. The goal of the assessment is to understand the impact of seizures, medications, family stresses, temperament, and general medical issues on the child's development.