The Integra Program by the Child Development Institute is the only accredited children’s mental health agency in Canada to specialize in providing mental health services exclusively to children, youth and families with learning disabilities. LDMH: A Handbook on Learning Disabilities and Mental Health is a resource developed by Integra Program staff as part of their [...]
Including Students with Special Education Needs in French as a Second Language Programs: A Guide for Ontario Schools
“Inclusive education is based on the principles of acceptance and inclusion of all students. Students see themselves reflected in their curriculum, their physical surroundings, and the broader environment, in which diversity is honoured and all individuals are respected.” (Realizing the Promise of Diversity: Ontario’s Equity and Inclusive Education Strategy, 2009, p. 4.)
Teaching Secondary Students to Write Effectively, developed by the National Centre for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance at the Institute of Educational Sciences, is a practical guide for educators working with students between grades 6 and 12. The guide was compiled by an expert panel, with the goal of offering educators specific, evidence-based recommendations to [...]
The transition from elementary to secondary school is generally considered to be one of the most challenging for adolescents, both with and without LDs. This practice-informed summary focuses on the key considerations and steps to support a successful transition from elementary school to secondary school for students with LDs.
By Diane Wagner, BA, Grad. Dip. Child Study, LD@school LD Expert The Learning Disabilities Association of Ontario (LDAO) is represented in local Ontario communities by 15 LDA chapters. Chapters vary from small volunteer-run groups to chapters with several staff and more than one location. Each chapter has its own board of directors and supports representatives [...]
by Cindy Perras, M.Ed., OCT. Educational Consultant, LDAO Components of Post-Secondary Transition Planning for Students with LDs As students move through their secondary school years and the focus sharpens on what their options may be after secondary school, it is important to note that there are numerous paths to consider and that the pathways may not [...]
Educational technology and mobile learning is advancing at a lightening-fast pace and this is reflected in Ontario classrooms; however, research to support these new technologies is not keeping pace or has not yet taken place. How can we, as teachers, hope to keep up with technology while ensuring that we use tools that are proven [...]
Effective transition planning is important. Individualized transition plans that reflect a student’s strengths and needs provide the foundation for successful transitional experiences that support the building of student resiliency.
Prepared by Cindy Perras, M.Ed., OCT Educational Consultant, LDAO In general, the literature that discusses both mental health and learning disabilities (LDs) finds that those with LDs are at increased risk for mental health problems. According to Children’s Mental Health Ontario, 1 in 5 of children and youth under the age of 19 in Ontario has [...]
Overview In 2014, the Child Development Institute (CDI) and the Integra Foundation amalgamated, bringing together two like-minded children’s mental health agencies in Toronto. As a result, the CDI is now the only accredited children’s mental health agency providing evidence-informed, therapeutic programs and services to children, youth and their families who are dealing with mental health [...]