Rehabilitation program in specialized schools

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For children and adolescents between 4 and 17 years of age (or 18 to 21 years of age if still attending high school) with physical impairments, such as a:

  • Motor Impairment
  • Speech and Language Impairment
  • Visual Impairment

Children eligible for this program must be attending Mackay Centre School, Philip E. Layton School or a satellite class at Westmount High School of the English Montreal school Board.

Services offered:

  • The Rehabilitation team, in close collaboration with teachers, adopts a dynamic multidisciplinary approach to assess the student’s functional status and developmental level. Interventions consist but are not limited to developing functional and compensatory skills to facilitate the student’s learning and to maximize independence in different daily activities and within a range of continuum settings (school, home, community).
    Students benefit from individual and group interventions, and from specially designed educational programs which are delivered in an adapted physical environment with specialized materials, equipment and resources. Other specialised interventions include:
  • Assessment and training in orientation and mobility at school, at home and in the community
  • Assessment of functional vision, visual skills training, and compensatory skill training (Braille, pictograms etc)
  • Assessment of verbal, nonverbal and written communication, and the use of compensatory communication aids
  • Assessment and training in the use of technical aids and adapted computer aids and software
  • Nursing support to clients with complex medical needs
  • Behaviour and social skills development and strategies to facilitate the students ability to learn and enhance their social participation and integration in their different daily living environments (home, school and community)
  • Psychosocial support for the child and his her family
  • Parent workshops and support group
  • Adapted sports and leisure activities at school and within the community (Sports Adventurer’s Club, Camp Massawippi, Défi sportif, Skating Program)
  • Consultation, transition and integration planning for school, and socio-occupational activities

Multidisciplinary Team

A multidisciplinary team of professionals working in collaboration with the client/parents/ teachers from the following disciplines:

Mackay Centre School Philippe E. Layton School
  • Clinical Coordinator
  • Technician in Specialised Education
  • Music Therapist
  • Nurses
  • Occupational therapists
  • Physiotherapists
  • Psychologist
  • Rehabilitation Assistant
  • Social worker
  • Speech and Language Pathologist
  • TRPs
  • PABs
  • Clinical Coordinator
  • Technician in Specialised Education
  • Orientation and Mobility Therapist
  • Nurse
  • Occupational therapists
  • Physiotherapists
  • Psychologist
  • Rehabilitation Assistant
  • Social worker
  • Speech and Language Pathologist
  • Vision Rehabilitation Specialist
  • PABs

Types of Interventions:

  • Individual interventions
  • Group interventions
  • Information session for parents and support group

Services are offered:

  • Philip E. Layton School at the MAB site
  • Mackay Centre School at the Mackay site, Westmount High Satellite class students
  • In the child’s environment (home, camp)

Other services and partnerships:

MMRC rehabilitation teams work in close collaboration with a number of partners in the educational, health care and social services network (Hospital, Rehabilitation Centres, Intellectual Impairment Rehabilitation Centres, CLSC, CSSS), and community resources such as:
  • English Montreal School Board
  • Paediatric programs of the MMRC (MDDP, CDP, MDP and VIP)
  • Service for assistive technology : Motor Impairment
  • Service for assistive technology : Communication
  • Service for assistive technology : Visual Impairment
  • Specialized Multidisciplinary clinics:
  • Dysphagia and Feeding Disturbance Clinic
  • Saliva Management Clinic
  • Orthopedic Clinic
  • Low Vision Clinic
  • Camp Massawippi Summer camp- a fully adapted residential summer camp located in the Eastern Townships
  • Camp Massawippi Day camp- a fully adapted day camp located at the Centre’s MAB site
  • Viomax, a partner offering adapted sports and day camp activities at the Mackay site

To access services:

In order to be eligible for this program, the child must be attending the Mackay Centre School or Philip E. Layton School.

To make a request for services:
Service de l'accueil, évaluation, orientation (AEO)

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