Speech-Language Pathologist, Occupational Therapist at Clearview Public Schools

Written by ECA Review

Starting in the 2021-22 school year, the Board of Trustees approved two additional staffing positions to ensure supports are in place for students that need speech-language services and occupational therapist supports.

After significant consultations with school principals during the spring of 2020, and following the dissolving of the regional support model by the Alberta Government that previously provided similar supports, Clearview showed strong leadership and a proactive approach to make sure students continued to receive the supports they need to be the best learners possible.

Jennifer Brown (Speech-Language Pathologist) and Alana Ell (Occupational Therapist) have been selected to take on these roles within Clearview.

The Board of Trustees for 2021-22 went further in ensuring these services continue, including increasing the Occupational Therapist to a full-time position from a part-time one for this coming year.

Through conversations with multiple stakeholders and leaders, a new model for services emerged during the strategic planning in the spring of 2020 that saw Clearview hiring staff to provide must-needed student supports instead of relying on Alberta Health, consultants, or outside agencies.

This will allow effective planning for where the supports are most needed and more control for how those supports will be provided, representing an increased effective use of tight budget resources and better services to students.

“We know that if children get early intervention with  timely and targeted support, it can change a child’s developmental path in the future. Having these professionals as part of our education team means we can provide even more services to your student’s learning team,” said Superintendent Brenda MacDonald.

 

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