EASE Classroom Staff
Our EASE Preschool program has a knowledgeable and experienced Classroom Staff Team who administers our specialized preschool program.
Two Alberta Certified Special Education Teachers coordinate each child’s program both in the classroom and community. These teachers have specialized training in early childhood development, and are up to date on “best practices” in early educational instruction and interventions in order to provide the play-based program in our EASE Preschool.
Each classroom also has an Early Learning Facilitator (ELF) who oversees various aspects of the classroom program and supports the teacher as well as other EASE staff and families to ensure children’s needs and goals are met.
Working directly with the children are 11 or 12 Child Development Facilitators in each classroom who are assigned to work with one or two children for the programming year. These staff support the children in all aspects of the program by using play activities to teach skills identified in the child’s Individual Program Plan.
EASE Therapy Team
A huge part of our specialized preschool program is our On-site Therapy Team. This team is housed at Aspire, and therefore provide close support to both the children of the EASE Preschool program, as well as the staff.
- Our Speech-Language Pathologist who provides input to the child’s program regarding speech, language and communication.
- Our Occupational Therapist who offers expertise on fine motor development, sensory challenges and activities of daily living such as feeding and dressing.
- For children with mobility challenges, our Physical Therapist gives input on gross motor development and assists children to use specialized equipment such as walkers and wheelchairs.
- Many of our children require specific strategies, adaptations and accommodations to learn. Some children have behavioural challenges that interfere with their development.The EASE Psychologist and Behaviour Consultant focus on these areas of learning and behaviour.
This therapy team works closely with our Special Education Teachers, Early Learning Facilitators, and Child Development Facilitators in the classroom and other areas of the children’s programs to ensure the best interventions for each child’s success.
In addition to our on-site team, our EASE program also works with other specialists who enhance the children’s programs, and are brought in on an as-needed basis to assist with specific needs. These can include:
- Teachers of the Blind/Visually Impaired
- Teachers of the Deaf/Hearing Impaired
- Educational Audiologists
- Registered Nurse
- Neurodevelopmental Pediatricians