We are thankful our home school has a diagnostic kindergarden program for JB. It will be much easier next year this time since we can do the one drop off and it is walkable. I dislike getting the kids strapped into car seats and lugging a million big items around.
After some researching, I know the registration for those with special needs should happen much much earlier than the mainstream program. I been in touch with the teachers that run the program and liked what I’ve seen so far. It is a small class with only a handful of kids with up to 2 teachers at times to help. I was initially planning on starting this conversation in December but upon chatting with the principle, he advise us do it right away. It’s true, what’s the point of waiting? We are planning on putting him in there anyways so might as well get it out of the way now rather than later. There is fundings involved and with the way the TDSB works it could take months before we get approved and devise up a plan.
This is what I learned: If you child is newly registered but not attending a TDSB you need to set up meeting called SEPRC. It stands for special education program recommendation committee. You go to the school you are interested in and ask the principal to start up the process. The school in turn, provides all your information to the special needs consultant who will reach out to you to set up a meeting to further discuss. It is this committee who recommend a ISP (Intensive Support Program). Apparently this is different from the IPRC (Identification Placement and Review Committee). Think of SEPRC as the prerequisite of IPRC. The two process are sequential. Once a SEPRC recommendation is accepted the student’s placement and progress is followed, so that IPRC can be planned and they say that can take 6-9 months.
You can read more about this here http://ppf.tdsb.on.ca/uploads/files/live/98/1175.pdf.
I will update the comment section as we go so come back to get an update.