Our Middle School program is rooted in principles of positive reinforcement, skill fluency, experiential and hands-on learning, mindfulness training and communication and social skill building. We strive to produce confident, happy learners as we champion our students to personal greatness. Using the Ontario Ministry of Education curriculum as a starting point, and a variety of multi-disciplinary curriculums to supplement, we're creating an interactive and holistic learning experience.
"With our new Middle School program we're ready to double-down on our commitment to offering behavioural and educational programming through our mental health lens (...). As kids age, their needs change; that is just basic developmental theory. As kids age, the gap between them and their peers can narrow or widen--and just like in early intervention, the level of support received can make all the differences."
-Alley Dezenhouse Kelner,
Co-Director + Supervising Therapist
Key Elements of our Middle School Program
Curriculum that focuses on:
essential and practical skill building using evidence based curriculums and instructional tactics
emphasis on mental health and wellness through evidence-based therapeutic modalities
development of leisure, life and social skills to facilitate community integration
self-advocacy, healthy relationships, understanding diversity, consent, and the realities of maturing in 2019 and beyond
vocational and educational goals which reflect the needs of the student, an his or her long term plan
low ratio classroom (1:4 student to teacher ratio)
Increased levels of support within the classroom are available for those who require it.
Wellness: Body and Mind
Gym class is always a fan-favourite, and we think Middle School is the time to take it up a notch! We focus on sports skills, good sportsmanship and teach the rules of fair play. We explore solitary sports, and whole-body fitness programming.
Exercise is not just a way to keep our bodies moving and build stamina, it's also a way to build leisure skills, and lean into student strengths and interests; and for those who struggle to stay motivated to get moving, it's a good reminder that perseverance pays off. Physical activity is an antecedent strategy designed to decrease stress, and increase self-confidence.