Student Services

Student Services Department

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 APSEA Services

  •  APSEA (Atlantic Provinces Special Education Authority) is an inter-provincial agency which provides individualized programming and support to students who are blind or visually impaired.
  • A student who is diagnosed legally blind or partially sighted is eligible for APSEA services.  Eligibility is based on a visual acuity of 6/24 (20/70) or less in the better eye and/or a visual field loss, or a medical diagnosis of Cortical Visual Impairment. For further information on eligibility please visit the APSEA site at
  • APSEA Itinerant teachers offer direct and consultative support in an inclusive setting.  APSEA staff also includes a Preschool Specialist and an Orientation & Mobility specialist.  The level of APSEA service is individualized and is related to the degree of vision loss.
  • For further information, please contact:
    • Joanne Hodgins, APSEA Provincial Supervisor of Programs for Students who are Blind or Visually Impaired
    • c/o St. Jean Elementary School, 335 Queen Street – Rm 36, Charlottetown, PE  C1A 4C5
    • Phone: (902)368-6985 ext 238 // Fax to Email: (902)425-6166 Attn: Wanda Nauss (BVI) // E-mail
Autism Services
  • Autism Consultants provide a number of services and supports for students and staff, including:
    • Individual consultation, assessment, programming planning, and behavioral support for students with autism spectrum disorders in grades 1-12.  This service is available to students who have confirmed diagnosis of Autism, PDD-NOS, or Asperger Syndrome.
    • Training and support for school staff serving these students.
    • Consultative and direct service which many include:  individual student programming, assessment, transition planning, and support with the development of individual education plans (IEPs) and transition plans (TAPs).
    • Participation with the development of behavior plans and provision of staff and student training.
    • Collaboration with outside agencies as well as school- and board-based teams.
    • Assistance in the development of program materials and visual support for students with ASD.

Community Access Facilitator

  • The Community Access Facilitator assists students with disabilities, grades 8-12, their families, schools, and community agencies to ensure that transition plans are in place to assist students to transition from school to the community.
  • The CAF assists students in establishing a transition action plan that addresses their future educational, employment, recreational, transportation, residential, and personal life skills goals.

Counselling Services

  • Counselling Consultants provide coordination and consultative services to principals, resource/special education teachers, school counsellors, and classroom teachers who provide services to students with emotional, social, and behavioural needs.
  • Services include:
    • Prevention, early intervention programming for students and school staff.
    • Provide consultation professional development support to School Counsellors.
    • Liaise with community agencies.
    • Organize and facilitate in-service for school staff.
    • Evaluate, distribute materials and resources to support students with emotional, social, and behavioural needs.
    • Support transition of students with emotional, social, and behavioural needs as they transition.
    • Refer students to outside agencies.
    • Alternative Education programming.
    • Participate with formal and informal assessments of students.
    • Provide assistance with programming for students.
    • Participate in provincial committees.
    • Identify trends, needs in the community that directly impact students, families, and schools; and plan and service comprehensively.

 EAL/FAL Services

  •  Overview
    • English as an Additional Language (EAL) and French as an Additional Language (FAL) services are provided provincially for children in K-12.  Children and youth who speak a language in the home other than English or French, or who were born outside Canada, are eligible for services.  Consultative services are provided for EAL/FAL children and staff in Early Childcare Centres.
    • All school-aged children who meet this criteria must contact the EAL/FAL Reception Centre before registration into the public education system.
  • Support Services
    • Support services are recommended based on the results of English or French language proficiency assessments for children in grades 1-12.  In Kindergarten, support services are recommended based on a comprehensive classroom observation and meetings with the teacher.  Parents/Guardians must give consent for support services.
    • Support services for EAL/FAL learners in K-9 are primarily in the form of Itinerant teacher support focusing on language acquisition in either a small group or one-to-one situation.  In grades 10-12, EAL learners are often recommended to register for the EAL curriculum courses.
    • In classrooms where there are significant challenges related to teaching students for whom English is not their first language, support services are offered to the classroom teacher in the form of EAL Teacher Support.  This is a collaborative model of support in that the teacher and the Specialist determine the needs in the classroom and the Specialist supports the teacher with lesson planning and teaching strategies.
  • Contact
    • EAL/FAL Reception Centre
    • Atlantic Technology Centre, Suite L20
    • 176 Great George St
    • Charlottetown, PE  C1A 4K9
    • (902)620-3738

 HEAR Services

  •  HEAR (Hearing Education Auditory Resources) provides specialized support to children who are deaf or hard of hearing.  HEAR services are available province-wide from birth until high school school graduation from a HEAR itinerant teacher.  School-age children can access support in their home schools; pre-school services are available in the home or in child care settings.
  • Services:
    • The level of service is based on an assessment of the child’s speech, language, vocabulary and listening skills.
    • The level of services varies from direct teaching, equipment checks, to monthly or term consultations.
    • Personal FM systems are provided to eligible deaf and hard of hearing students and to students diagnosed by an audiologist with severe Central Auditory Processing Disorder.
    • For further information, please contact:
      • Location: St. Jean Elementary School building , 335 Queen Street, Charlottetown, PE
      • Phone: (902)368-4698 // Fax: (902)620-3973

 Inclusive Education Services

  • Inclusive Education Consultants provide coordination and consultant services to principals, Resource/Special Education teachers, and classroom teachers who provide services to students with special needs.
  • Services include:
    • Liaise with community agencies.
    • Organize and facilitate in-service for school staff.
    • Evaluate materials and resources to support students with special needs.
    • Coordinate efforts to make schools accessible and safe for students with physical challenges.
    • Support transition of students with special needs as they progress from school to school and from school to community agencies/programs.
    • Refer student to community agencies.
    • Participate with formal and informal assessment of students.
    • Provide assistance with programming for students with special needs.

 Psychology Services

  • School psychologists provide and support student-focused indirect intervention, student-focused direct intervention, school-wide intervention, board/system-wide intervention, and research.
  • Psychologists in schools support evidence-based decision making, identifying a problem by quantifying it so that appropriate plans can be put in place; and progress monitoring becomes a part of the solution.
  • Psychologists have training in, and access to, restricted assessment materials to formulate a student’s profile of strengths and needs and to design effective, evidence-based intervention and progress monitoring strategies to support social-emotional, behavioural and academic functioning.

 Speech Language Services

  • Speech Language Pathologists provide services to students in kindergarten to grade 6 in the areas of expressive and receptive language, articulation, stuttering, voice, and non-verbal communication.
  • SLPs provide assessment, consultation, and intervention; and work with school-based teams on special projects and professional development regarding speech, language, and literacy development.




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