Advanced Academic and Language Skills

Our advanced academic and language skills program is for children and youth who demonstrate the following readiness skills (adapted from CASP, 2020):

  • Basic joint attention skills or general attending skills,
  • Basic discrimination skills,
  • Basic echoic skills,
  • Basic motor imitation skills,
  • Ability to follow common 1-step instructions,
  • Participate in session with limited caregiver assistance,
  • Ability to sit independently at a computer or tablet for 8-10 minutes,
  • Able to transition to and from the computer with minimal issues,
  • Safety concerns and challenging behaviour are low and/or caregivers are able to effectively manage any challenging behaviour, and
  • Learner generally follows instructions and exhibits minimal escape-related maladaptive behaviour when interacting with caregivers.

We offer 30-minute daily sessions (3 days or 5 days) per week for a variety of subjects, including reading, writing, math, and language skills. We use evidence-based curricula to guide our programming and begin with an assessment to determine your child’s strengths and areas of need in the specific subject you want to target. At the end of services, a summary report will be created that you can share with your child’s school and other service providers as appropriate.

Parent/home requirements:

  • Parents may need to stay in the room and assist during the entire session.
  • Parents must participate in any token economy systems developed and following through after the session.
  • For some programs, access to a printer to print worksheets is strongly recommended (mailed worksheet packages are available)
  • Computer or laptop access with a camera ability and reliable internet service is required.

Programs offered:

  • Direct Instruction Curricula
    • Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons (Engelmann, Haddox, & Bruner, 1986): For children ages 3.5 to 5 years old with no history of reading instruction in the past
    • Language for Learning (Engelmann,1999): Designed for learners from pre-Kindergarten to Grade 2, this curriculum provides building blocks of oral language development.
    • Connecting Math Concepts (McGraw-Hill, 1992) or Direct Instruction Math (adapted from Stein et al., 1997): To teach basic math skills for children in Kindergarten to Grade 4.
  • Reading, Math, and Writing Fluency (suitable for children Grades 1-5)
    • Daily fluency practice using The Morningside Model of Generative Instruction: Math curriculum (Johnson, 2008, for basic addition/subtraction and multiplication/division
    • Reading fluency practice
    • Reading comprehension
    • Develop fluent writing skills specifically to address sentence combining and expressive writing skills (suitable for children Grades 3-5), using Morningside Writing Fluency curriculum (Jonson & Ross, 1997).
  • Expanding general knowledge and language skills
    • Expanding general knowledge and more advanced language skills
    • Intraverbal goals and conversational skills
  • Executive functioning skills
    • Sustained attention
    • Daily routines
    • Independent activity schedules
    • Planning and organization
    • Working memory
    • Coping and emotional regulation skills

Assessment process: To determine if your child is suited for this program, we complete an eligibility assessment outlined below.

  • Parent meeting to determine goals and child assessment to establish eligibility and needs:
    • Discuss goals, strengths, and needs
    • Complete an assessment of the child’s skills
    • Review of IEPs and other relevant documents
    • Develop a recommendation of the most appropriate curriculum and goals
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