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The Referral Process


How does my child get the needed school supports?


The need for Inclusion Support Services supports is based on the judgments of the teachers, parents and others familiar with the student's abilities, achievements, and learning needs; previous school records and informal and formal assessment results.

The referral process to Inclusion Support Services emphasizes a collaborative process by the school personnel, the parents, Clinical Support Services and/or community agencies. Different processes are followed for preschool and school-aged children.

To be considered for a Inclusion support Services program the school team, including the parent,  must agree that the student meets several of the following criteria:
  • The student requires a specialized program which is only available on a Division-wide basis;
  • The student needs intensive, multiple resources;
  • The student requires an unusually high amount of structure and individual supervision;
  • A large group setting, even when geared for multi-level instruction, impedes achievement of the goals in the student’s individual education plan;
  • The school’s efforts to program for the student in a mainstream setting have not been successful;
  • The student demonstrates the need for frequent adult feedback and frequent reinforcement;
  • The student requires a learning environment with reduced stimulation.


For students currently in school, following a period of schooling and Clinical Support Services intervention, a need for inclusion support services supports may be identified by the school team (teacher, resource teacher, principal, clinician, parent and/or community agency personnel).  Parental approval must be obtained.  Referral for inclusion supports would follow. 


Preschool Childeren 
For preschool children, residing in the Winnipeg SchoolDivision referrals can be made by parents or community agencies through the Early Childhood Transition Network. Questions should be directed to Inclusion Support Services by calling Ph.: 204 774-4525.


What if my child does not meet criteria?  - please  see  Appeal Process


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