World Down Syndrome Day is TODAY, TUESDAY MARCH 21st!
It is a day to raise awareness of what Down Syndrome is, to help understand what it means to have Down Syndrome, and how people with Down syndrome play a vital role in our lives and communities.
We will be learning about Down Syndrome during our weekly visit to the Discovery Hub, daily announcements and a culminating celebration on Friday March 24th by wearing fun socks or lots of socks to show our support. Visit https://worlddownsyndromeday.org for more information of Down Syndrome and the #lotsofsocks initiative.
Your participation is appreciated as we continue to foster an inclusive and equitable environment for all of our students.
At Robert Munsch P.S. we continue to dedicate our efforts to support the community as a whole. One way we do this by creating continued partnerships with community agencies to bring awareness of resources and information.
Kinark a local agency who supports children with autism has generously offered to conduct two parent workshops in the learning commons of our school. The first workshop will take place on Wednesday, February 15th from 6:00pm – 8:00pm. This workshop will cover Undesirable Behaviour. The second workshop will take place on Monday, February 27th from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. The topic of this workshop is Developing Social Skills.
Below is an overview of each workshop:
Understanding and Managing Behaviours
This session will provide an overview of the basics to understanding behaviour. The importance of defining behaviour and identifying the purpose of behaviour in an effort to reduce undesirable behaviour will be covered as well as how to reward and increase desirable behaviour. This session will be delivered by ASD Consultants from Kinark’s School Support Program who specialize in supporting children with challenging behaviour.
Developing Social Skills
This session will provide an overview of social challenges of individuals with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) as well as provide strategies to address these social challenges. Examples will include how to promote family involvement in teaching social skills to a child with ASD. This session will be delivered by ASD Consultants from Kinark’s School Support Program who specialize in supporting children with underdeveloped social skills.
**NOTE: While the workshops will have an ASD lens, the strategies could be applied with children with social challenges without an ASD diagnosis as well. **
Should you be interested in attending one or both of these workshops, please complete the form sent home with your child or let Mrs Abalos know via e-mail
We appreciate the turnout for our Well Being event we hosted on May 26, 2016. As promised, here is the presentation from the evening. If you could not attend, we hope you too find the information useful.