student services 2Student Services provides support to students and their schools to assist with appropriate educational assessment, intervention, and programming.  The Student Services team consists of social workers, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, educational psychologists, and speech language pathologists.

The vision and beliefs of Student Services supports this definition and demonstrates our commitment to assisting schools as they provide an environment within which all students can develop educationally and flourish personally and socially.  We are committed to maximizing the potential of students and empowering them to become valued, contributing participants in the classroom, school and community, and as citizens within our society.

“Inclusion is a way of thinking and acting that allows every individual to feel accepted, valued and safe.  An inclusive community consciously evolves to meet the changing needs of its members.  Through recognition and support, an inclusive community provides meaningful involvement and equal access to the benefits of citizenship.  In Manitoba, we embrace inclusion as a means of enhancing the well-being of every member of the community.  By working together, we strengthen our capacity to provide the foundation for a richer future for all of us.” (ME, 2006).

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Interim Student Services Administrator
Rod Kehler

Occupational Therapists
Kellie Heintz, Kyla Hildebrandt, Raelene Sarmiento, and Camilla Thorne-Tjomsland

Kelsi Abbott

Program Support Teachers
Lorie Lenchyshyn, Kathy Wiens

Reading Clinician
Allison Penner-Aitken

Literacy Consultants
Barb Galessiere, Lisa Coulter

Jensen Anderson, Allison Bate, Robyn Hardern, Stephen Schluter, and Sherri Smart

Social Workers
Chantal Catellier, Shauna Doerksen, Vicki Fehr, Laurie Kraynyk, Curtis Kulpa, Amanda Matheson, and Jessica Parisien

Speech/Language Pathologists
Jamie Desjarlais, Elizabeth Grauer, Stacey Marcoux, Wendy Smook-Bataluk, and Anna Wilgosh

School Liaison Teachers
Eldon Dueck, Stephen Fedus

Educational Assistants
Trish Broesky (Literacy), Val Fontaine (Literacy, Bev Funk (SLP/OT), Elaine Penner (Literacy), and Gillian Wiewel (Literacy)

Youth Support Worker
Troy Friesen

HSD Student Services
360 Fourth Street
Steinbach, Manitoba R5G 0V1
Phone 204-326-9829 Fax 204-326-6477

Administrative Assistant – Sally Usher
Secretary – Christie Trim
Office Assistant – Justine Charette

HSD Student Services is comprised of a team of educational professionals committed to supporting students and schools in improving educational outcomes. Services are provided by social workers, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, educational psychologists, and speech language pathologists.

Occupational Therapists

Occupational Therapists (OT) provide assessments regarding movement quality, fine and gross motor skills, sensory processing, adaptive and self-care skills. The OT’s recommendations include prescribed activities and outcomes to assist the student’s development in specific areas to attain their full potential within the school environment. The OT also makes referrals to outside agencies for students in need of physical therapy.

Reading Clinicians

A Reading Clinician (RC) is an experienced classroom teacher with graduate level studies in language and literacy. A RC assess students who struggle in reading to determine causes or reading disabilities. In collaboration with classroom teachers, resource teachers, and literacy teachers, the RC will assist in educational planning and provide recommendations and intervention to students who struggle with reading, comprehension, phonemic awareness, writing, and spelling. The RC will also provide on-going consultative services to monitor progress of students, adjusting learning outcomes, and the development of Individual Education Plans.

School Psychologists

School Psychologists (SP) support students with learning disabilities, cognitive disabilities, social-emotional problems, and/or adaptive behaviour challenges, by providing individual psychological assessments. They provide written reports of assessment findings and recommendations, as well as consultation to parents and teachers to support appropriate education and behaviour programming strategies. In addition, the SP helps to conduct threat/risk assessments, and is part of the crisis response team following critical incidents.

School Social Workers

School Social Workers (SSW) assist students by providing counselling during crisis situations and other issues such as grief, death, family issues, anxiety management, and other matters affecting school performance. The SSW coordinates services between the school division and other agencies such as Children’s Special Services and Child-Family Services. The SSW organizes intake meetings for students in foster care. They act as a liaison between parents and school, as well as providing mediation for disputes between home and school. The specialist also takes a lead role in promoting Aboriginal Awareness in schools.

Speech Language Pathologists

Speech Language Pathologists (SLP) evaluate students with communication difficulties, including speech, language, literacy, hearing, non-verbal and oral-motor concerns. The SLP provides programming and recommendations that are functional and based on the student’s current abilities. Recommendations are implemented by the classroom teacher whenever possible. The SLP provides non-verbal students with augmentative communication specific to their needs and consults with the school team to support students with communication difficulties which may impact on academic, behaviour, and/or emotional well-being development. The SLP also provides direct supervision, including programs/curriculum development for pre-school programs in HSD.

Accessing Services

To access the services of any Student Services professional, a written referral from any of the schools in the division must be forwarded to the Student Services Administrator after a formal referral meeting. These referrals can be initiated by concerned teachers, principals, parents, or mature students, although they are coordinated and prioritized at the school level by resource teachers and guidance counsellors.

Referral Process

Once a student concern is identified that goes beyond the normal supports provided by the school, a meeting is initiated by the school. This meeting typically includes the classroom teacher, resource teacher, the appropriate Student Services personnel, and the parents.  Guidance counsellors or school principals may also initiate referrals in this manner.  Common concerns are discussed and a plan is developed. This may involve additional members from the Student Services team if necessary.

This assistance plan begins only after the parents of the student agree with the process, and provide written consent. After working with the student, a report of the results will be discussed with the parents. The type and severity of the problem determine the length of time the plan continues.