With the tragedy of the Parkcrest Elementary School fire last night, we at New Heights Autism Support Society have decided to assist families with Special Needs students next week. We know that an event like this is disruptive and we also know that families seeking last-minute care for their children can make this seem more difficult. On that point, the New Heights Autism Support Society is launching and offering 20 spots for special needs children at Parkcrest Elementary that need daytime care at the last minute. We have BC certified teachers, Special Education Assistants, and Behaviour Interventionists on staff at the Kamloops Centre, 624 Tranquille Rd, able to provide support with an academic review, fun activities, and a quieter space to allow children to be. We specialize in working with children who have Autism, and many of us are also parents of special need children. We can take children starting Monday, Sept 9, 2019, to Sept 13, 2019, from 830 am to 5 pm, while the School District is working on a contingency plan for the school year.
We hope to help children with coping with the uncertainty with our courage, and show through activities how to cope as a group, for up to 20 students from the school. We know that families could be challenged with finding care at the last minute with the fact that Special Needs students require understanding and support of their differences. We offer an alternative to just staying at home, uncertain, and using a sliding scale donation, we are offering our space to families at this time.
At this point, we are preparing to help our community families from Parkcrest Elementary is getting ready for our launch of our Special Needs Supportive Dayschool next week.
With this special need for our community, we will take children priority given to those with Autism, FASD, Learning Disabilities, ADHD, or are waiting a confirmation diagnosis, that would ordinarily need a support worker in the classroom. IF we still have openings, we will TAKE any student from Parkcrest Elementary that needs care.
We will accept sliding scale donations for students from $10 to 30 a day to spend with us.
If the community wishes to help us help these families, we can also accept donations. We hope to send these children who come stay with us next week a backpack and school supplies, and we will collect those donations at our centre 624 Tranquille Rd. Any supplies that we do not need for these families will be passed on to United Way or other organizations collecting school supplies for these families.
We also have a wish list of items we could use from the community. A few small waste paper baskets, some book shelving, and some baking and cooking stuff for our kitchen. We would hope we can get students making cookies or snacks while they are with us. We could also use a few folding chairs and folding tables.
We are opening our space and our skills and talent to the community as a way to help. Please share this post and let's show the Parkcrest Elementary Community that we share and we will support you as you await decisions to be made.
Charlene Ross, BA B Ed, OCT, Behaviour Interventionist,
BC Certified Teacher
New Heights Autism Webmaster