My 2 year old daughter with ASD started Nursery School in September. She attends three mornings per week. I went with her for her first two classes, thinking she’d need me, but she quickly found something to occupy her attention and happily went in. I had expressed concerns to the staff about safety (she’s a wanderer!) and that she may need help to participate fully in activities and snack time. They observed her for three days and we made an application to Children’s Integration Support Services (CISS) for a Program Assistant for her. From their website:
“Children’s Integration Support Services (CISS) is a bilingual program which provides support services to licensed nursery schools, day care centres, school age and home child care programs that integrate children who have special needs between the ages of six weeks and ten years of age in the City of Ottawa.”
Contact CISS if you think you need support within your licensed daycare, or Nursery School. They have many services and supports as well as a wonderful parent resource library that you can borrow items from.
Our Program Assistant is in the class with my daughter the entire time providing support to learn to participate in the activities. We are pleased to have obtained this service. I will report back in 3 months with her progress.
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