OCSE provides an environment for age appropriate learning experiences. Students are separated based on age, and grouped by ability level. Our lower level building accommodates ages 2-14, and our upper level building accommodates ages 15-25.
Our programs are designed to improve the developmental progress of children with Autism and other mild to moderate disabilities. We accomplish this through providing an intensive behavior intervention program that focuses on the following:
Our Functional Academics curriculum delivered by our multi-disciplinary team is suitable for those seeking to develop and improve:
- Attention skills
- Problem Solving
- Behavior Regulation
- Listening Skills
- Memory and Retention
- Processing Skills
- Multi-step Instructions
- Organization and Planning
Frustration, Confusion, Exasperation, Isolation. Communication is the lifeline of any relationship. The Speech Therapists at OCSE provides therapy for those who have difficulties with the following:
- Expressive and Receptive Language Delays
- Articulation and Oral Motor Disorder
- Feeding Therapy
- Voice Disorders
- Phonological Awareness
- Social Pragmatic Skills
- Augmentative and Alternative Communication Systems (AAC)
- Non-Verbal Communication
- Auditory Processing
Our positive behavior intervention program utilizes best practices by providing therapies in a highly structured environment. This provides a safe and predictable structured setting in small discrete classes. Our multi-disciplinary team models positive relationships, and emphasize the development of language and communication skills with a focus on social and play, emotional, problem solving, and challenging behaviors encouraging individuals to foster and maintain lasting relationships.
Fine motor skills are the foundation we all need before learning to brush teeth, write, or to even hold a spoon. Our Occupational Therapists use a variety of the latest techniques and technologies to strengthen and develop fine motor skills such as gripping, grasping, controlled release, turning, hand-eye coordination, and handwriting. Independently performing day-to-day activities builds self-esteem and confidence.
If the world is not making sense for your loved ones, it may be a sensory issue. The world is filled with different sounds, sights, smells, textures, and tastes. When sensory input is not processed correctly it creates a neurological “traffic jam” which negatively impacts day-to-day living. Multi-sensory learning environments allow more cognitive connections and associations to be made with a concept. This means it is more easily accessible for information to be triggered and retrieved from the cognitive learning center. Using sensory integration techniques, enhanced technology, and OCSE’s state-of-the-art Snoezelen Therapy room, our qualified occupational therapist and multi-disciplinary team will design a plan to meet the individual needs of those requiring sensory support, and fine and gross motor skills.
Early Intervention (2-5 yrs)
The Early Intervention Program (EIP) is designed to serve students ages 2-5 who are at risk of not reaching or maintaining their developmental milestones. The purpose of the EIP is to provide additional therapeutic resources to help children close the gaps between the age and appropriate development intellectually, socially, and physically. Our multi-disciplinary team will work to provide the academic, developmental, and social skills a child will need at this age, should they want to integrate into a regular classroom with their peers.
Growth and Development Program (6-25 yrs)
The Growth and Development Program (GDP) is designed to serve students ages 6-25 separated by lower/upper level programs. The Growth and Development Program (GDP) provides a structured, supportive setting that foster independence and self-determination through the development of independent living skills, social skills and self-esteem. We focus on the needs of the “whole person” by ensuring ongoing dialogue between staff, therapists, and families. Services are provided in a success oriented, non-competitive setting that helps to increase self-awareness, student confidence and willingness to take risks in the learning environment.
B.E.S.T. Transition Program
Beyond the growth and development areas, the Ontario Centre for Special Education offers the B.E.S.T. Life Skills and Pre-Vocational program for teens and young adults with developmental disabilities from ages 14 to 25. B.E.S.T. focuses on preparing students to live, work, and recreate in integrated community settings. Students will learn soft skills such as communication, cooperation, time-management, following directions, organization, work ethic, attitude, appearance, problem solving, conflict resolution, self-confidence, health and wellness, and more. The collaboration of family and service providers ensures the development of a successful plan for each student aligned to their interests and strengths by providing the tools to achieve peace-of-mind for the future.
EMPOWER Through Technology Program
EMPOWER through technology is designed to maximize students’ potential using the latest technology in innovative and creative ways. Our goal is to be at the forefront of the vast field of knowledge by providing our students with the latest technology programs, tools and devices to facilitate and enhance learning in the following areas:
- Organizational Skills
- Sensory Room Control
- Social and Behavioral Skills
As each student has specific needs, OCSE offers two optional schedules offered Sunday through Thursday unless otherwise indicated.
Our Early Intervention Program is a half-day program that operates from (8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.)
Full-Day (8:30a.m. – 5:00pm)
This program is designed to support those who have chosen our full-day program services that includes intensive therapeutic services, and enrichment therapies such as smArt Choices, Yoga sessions, OCSE Top Chef, VIP Sensory Theater Day, and EMPOWER that further develop social, and sensory skills. Students will receive healthy cuisines for lunch, and afternoon snack to meet their dietary needs.
OCSE Individual Therapeutic Services (By Appointment Only)
A variety of therapeutic services are offered based on individualized needs. Services include Speech Therapy, Physical Therapy, Behavioral Interventions, Occupational Therapy, and Academic Intervention services, and Multisensory learning environment therapy (Snoezelen).
After-School Program (3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.)
This program offers structured therapeutic activities that promote socialization among peers in an engaging environment. It is designed to address challenging behavioral issues and promote social interaction through the use of positive behavior interventions. This is a perfect fit for students who are in an inclusion environment in the morning. During this time, our team will assist with homework needs based each student’s current curriculum standards, and test taking strategies. We also provide a variety of fun activities such as Yoga, Cooking, Art, Music, Recreational Sports, and Zumba for Kids, and more.