SOCIAL SKILLS TRAINING PROGRAM: LEARNING DISABILITIES ASSOCIATION OF CHATHAM-KENT
& TUTORING: LEARNING DISABILITIES ASSOCIATION OF CHATHAM-KENT
Learning disabilities are invisible, life-long, and affect the way a person stores, understands, retrieves and/or communicates information. This can have an ongoing impact on friendships, academic performance, absenteeism, self-esteem and daily life. We know that students with learning disabilities can succeed when solid coping skills and strategies are developed. Each year, an average of 315 students with learning disabilities gradually progress through individually tailored tutoring programs that build basic academic skills, confidence and self-esteem and an average of 45 elementary aged children, who deal with complex attention, memory, concentration issues, and the inability to read and interpret social cues, are taught how to manage social situations in their everyday lives through games, role playing and modeling behavior.
AUTISM TRANSITIONAL CLASSROOM PROGRAM: CHATHAM-KENT CHILDREN’S SERVICES
Investing in our children is a priority for our community and United Way. The Autism Transitional Classroom aims to help educators teach children with Autism Spectrum Disorders by providing temporary, but very intensive supports to adapt and apply special education strategies in the least intrusive environment possible for the child. The skills learned improve the future of children affected by ASD through improving their social, communication, learning and adaptive skills.
OPERATION BACKPACKS PROGRAM: UNITED WAY OF CHATHAM-KENT
We’re working hard to ensure poverty doesn’t stand in the way of a child’s ability to receive a good education. Each year, an average of 1400 backpacks filled with grade-appropriate supplies are distributed to ensure every student in Chatham-Kent has the opportunity to succeed in school. These backpacks represent much more than their practical purpose, they also denote respect, dignity, and caring.
POSITIVE STRIDES PROGRAM: RESTORATIVE JUSTICE
Not knowing what to do or how to respond can result in frustration, acting out, and poor self-esteem, which can cause issues of anxiety and often truancy in school settings. We’re working to help kids stay in school. The Positive Strides Program has recently launched ‘Caught in the Net’ as a direct result of statistics like these and is currently one of the top two most requested programs. Even more recently, a community/classroom presentation version of this program has been developed and is now being delivered across Chatham-Kent to help recognize and stop cyberbullying.
EDUCATION OUTREACH PROGRAM: EPILEPSY SOUTHWESTERN ONTARIO
In children living with epilepsy, seizures play a large role in their identity and epilepsy-related stigma is often more damaging than the disease itself. Early intervention is key, as epilepsy is associated with missed school days and academic underachievement in children, increased risk of learning and
behavioral challenges, restricted social activity, anxiety, and depression. We are working to help keep kids in school in a safe and supportive environment. Each year, an average of 680 grade 5 students are provided with seizure education and first-aid training to better understand the disease and help to end the stigma in the classroom.
HELP MAKE EDUCATION INEQUALITY