Interactions programming supports students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). ASD impacts how people understand what they see, hear and sense. This lifelong disability can result in difficulties in communication, social relationships, behaviour or learning. Although some students with ASD achieve at grade level, many have uneven or delayed achievement.
Improve communication, social interaction and behaviour while developing academic skillsBENEFITSDemonstrate growth in communication skillsDemonstrate growth in building and maintaining relationships, and understanding social situationsDemonstrate growth in managing frustration and problem-solvingImproved ability to handle change or challenging emotions (e.g., anxiety)Development of life skills to support independent living and employment
Structured environment with regular routinesSmaller classes for more targeted instructionVisual aids, concrete examples and hands-on activitiesFrequent praise and other meaningful rewards to help students adopt positive behaviours and attitudesOpportunities to join other classes for instruction in a student’s areas of strengthELIGIBILITY
To be eligible for programming, students must be:
- Clinically diagnosed with ASD Demonstrating stereotyped behaviours, and have severe impairment in social interactions and communication.
- Contact your child’s school for information about eligibility and special education programming options.
All Edmonton Public Schools programming is based on curriculum determined by Alberta Education. Students enrolled in Interactions will receive the same high-quality education offered in all of our programs.
Most schools offering special education programming have some yellow busing options available. For more information about busing, contact your child’s school or call Student Transportation at 780-429-8585.