FAST Program – Functional Academics and Social Training
The FAST program is for students who are in Grades 1-8. This program offers students the ability to learn academic skills with a higher level of support and smaller group learning. While the FAST classes follow the standard curriculum as closely as possible, the focus is on choosing the academic skills that will be functional for each student. The emphasis is on laying the foundational building blocks for academics and social skills in order to create a positive learning experience.
The FAST teachers use differentiated instruction to adjust the learning goals to each of the students. Students learn and advance at their own pace and are accommodated accordingly. 1:1 support is available for students who need it. In discussion with the staff and the parents, each child will receive an individualized education plan that contains measurable goals that are monitored and updated regularly. These individualized goals are monitored daily through data tracking and ongoing consultation so that progress can be measured and necessary adjustments made.
In addition to the academic program, classes receive consultative support from therapy disciplines such as occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech therapy, music therapy, and behavioural therapy.
Each of the FAST classes use evidence-based strategies to improve skills like communication, academics, and social skills. Through discrete social skills instruction, students learn important skills to help them integrate with their community and their peers. Direct instruction teaching is incorporated in the curriculum and students will get the individualized as well as small group learning that they require to meet their individualized goals. Independence in a major emphasis in this program and students are often working on functional tasks to improve their self-help skills*. Teachers and staff work towards the highest level of skills and independence for each student in order to maximize his/her potential.
*Through the Independent Activity Schedule program (IAS)