Autism Resource Centre (ARC)
The Autism Resource Centre (ARC) is a Secondary program to support students diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder who are working towards a Dogwood Certificate. The focus of the program is to support students with social thinking curriculum and executive functioning.
Students have an 8 block timetable with 1-2 blocks as a group participating in the social thinking and executive functioning curricula. Each students’ course load will be determined through an IEP process.
Students are appropriate for placement in this program when they:
- have a designation of ASD (G)
- are able to attend classes with minimal support
- are able to work independently during parts of the day in a classroom setting
- have independent life skills
- need support with social thinking and executive functioning
- are working towards a Dogwood Certificate
- demonstrate externalizing and/or internalizing behaviour
Autism Resource Centre referrals are to be submitted to the District Case Manager, Inclusion.
- completed “Request for Designation &/or Special Education Program Placement” form
- completed “Pre-Referral Intervention Strategies” (PRIS) form
- meets the Ministry criteria for Autism Spectrum Disorder ‘G’ designation
- Individual Education Plan (IEP)
- School Based Team minutes
- Report cards
Student placement is reviewed every spring with the goal of returning students to their home schools. A transition plan between the ARC program staff and the receiving school is developed.
Capacity and Staffing
Up to 15 students
1 Teacher and 1 SSA
Churchill Secondary (Gr. 8/9)
David Thompson Secondary (Gr. 8/9)