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CASA - Center for Autism Spectrum Assistance

A CASA classroom is an alternative classroom placement for which students identified Communications: Autism can learn and practice alternative skills and strategies that will allow them to manage successfully in their home school setting. Staff in the CASA classroom includes a special education teacher and autism spectrum disorder workers. A Special Education consultant and a Speech and Language Pathologist support the classroom. CASA students have daily access to a Snoezelen room.

CASA programming focuses on specialized skills including development and support in the following areas:

  • Communication
  • Socialization
  • Academics
  • Behaviour
  • Anxiety Reduction
  • Sensory Integration

Who is Eligible?

Students identified as Communications: Autism who are having difficulty making meaningful gains in the specialized skills noted above may be considered for the program.Students who meet the eligibility criteria are discussed at the school resource team meeting.

Parents provide consent for observation and consultation for the CASA program. Eligibility for the placement is approved by the Superintendent of Special Education Services. Placements are limited. When a placement becomes available, a candidate is selected by the CASA team from the pool of approved candidates.