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Autism Program Room 115

October 10, 2023

Welcome to the Robertson School Autism Program, situated in Room 115. I am thrilled to join you on your child's educational journey this year. I am Mr. Sabatini, the teacher for Room 115. Collaborating alongside us are a dedicated team of educational assistants and specialists, including a Speech Pathologist, Occupational Therapist, and Physiotherapist.

In our classroom, we wholeheartedly acknowledge the uniqueness of each student's learning style. To cater to diverse learning needs, I will employ a variety of teaching methods—visual, auditory, and hands-on. Our overarching objective is to foster an inclusive learning environment, ensuring the success of every student. We are committed to creating a nurturing, joyful, and engaging space that welcomes all children and encourages growth and learning.

The foundation of our program is rooted in recognizing and embracing the individual differences among learners. We understand that each student possesses distinct strengths, needs, and developmental paths. Throughout the day, we incorporate play-based learning centers, small group activities, flexible groupings, and teacher-guided learning experiences.

Central to our approach is a child-centered perspective, underpinned by the understanding that children learn best through play and meaningful relationships. We actively promote a range of play opportunities that stimulate creativity, problem-solving skills, confidence, self-esteem, and a positive attitude towards learning.

In early October, we will convene with families to review and refine each student's Individualized Education Plan (IEP). We highly value your active participation in this process. Progress in alignment with the Provincial Report Card will be reported through the IEP three times a year.

Our daily routine encompasses functional, adaptive, and social skills development:

Functional academics: Applying reading, writing, and math skills in practical scenarios.

Communication Skills: Grasping verbal and nonverbal language.

Self-care: Nurturing independence in tasks like dressing, grooming, and feeding.

Social Skills: Cultivating qualities like sharing, taking turns, making friends, self- regulation, and personal space. To aid self-regulation, we have thoughtfully included quiet intervals during the day, supported by designated peaceful spaces.

Our program is seamlessly integrated into Seesaw, which serves as our primary communication platform. Please ensure your connection to your child's Seesaw journal through the Seesaw app, using the provided home learning code. Feel free to reach out if you require assistance or have any inquiries.

Anticipation runs high as we look forward to an enriching year of learning!

Warm regards, Mr. Sabatini

Robertson School – Phone: 204-589-4745

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