Centre of Excellence

The Centre of Excellence for Autism Spectrum Disorder

Lester B. Pearson School Board

1925 Brookdale, Dorval, QC, H9P 2Y7

The LBPSB Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Team operates as a Centre of Excellence under MEES (Ministère de l'Éducation, Enseignement supérieur) with a mandate to serve as a resource and provide support to the English School Boards in the province, all of whom are committed to facilitating the inclusion of students with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. To optimally fulfill this mandate, the ASD team functions in a multidisciplinary capacity with the following personnel: Psychologist, Special Needs Consultant, Speech and Language Pathologist, Occupational Therapist and Autism Consultants.

Through the Centre of Excellence, the ASD team offers multiple supports to schools that include consultation, direct intervention, and training. More specifically, the team works to provide ongoing training in specific ASD intervention strategies by providing suggestions around individual cases, organizing and delivering professional development, and maintaining a professional library and website in the area of autism. Consultation can occur in-person, through school visits, telephone contacts and conferencing, as well as electronic correspondence. Community outreach is also an important aspect of the team’s focus, and members are involved with agencies outside of the education network as well as with families of children with autism. The ASD team has worked particularly hard to establish partnerships with local hospitals and universities with respect to more clinical and research aspects of autism. 

 

Contact our Team

 

Patricia Assouad *
Coordinator
514-422-3000 local 32405
passouad@lbpsb.qc.ca

Dr. Andrew Bennett
Coordinator
Clinical Psychologist
514-422-3000 local 32446
abennett@lbpsb.qc.ca

Katie Cohene
Consultant for Autism
514-422-3000 ext. 32433
kcohene@lbpsb.qc.ca

Jovette Francoeur
Conseillère Pédagogique-
Adaptation re
Educational Consultant-
Special Needs 
514-422-3000 local 32411
jfrancoeur@lbpsb.qc.ca

Sabrina Gabriele
Consultant for Autism
514-422-3000 local 32434
sgabriele@lbpsb.qc.ca

Jade Lawsane
Consultant for Autism
514-422-3000 ext. 32409
jlawsane@lbpsb.qc.ca

Helene Packman
Speech and Language Pathologist
514-422-3000 local 32484
hpackman@lbpsb.qc.ca

Cheryl Lynne Scaife
Consultant for Autism
514-422-3000 local 32408
cscaife02@lbpsb.qc.ca

Dr. Amira Rahman
Psychologist
514-422-3000 local 32462
arahman02@lbpsb.qc.ca

     
*All requests for services from outside school boards should be
made through Patricia Assouad.

 

 

The Six Centres of Excellence

MEES has delegated six Centres of Excellence that operate with a mandate to serve as a resource and provide support to the English School Boards in the province of Quebec, all of whom are committed to facilitating the inclusion of students with an exceptionality. These include:

Centre of Excellence for Autism Spectrum Disorder
Lester B. Pearson School Board
Andrew Bennett and Patricia Assouad, coordinators

Centre of Excellence for Mental Health
Lester B. Pearson School Board
Elana Bloom and Gerry Weintraub, coordinators

Centre of Excellence for Behaviour Management
Riverside School Board
Eva de Gosztonyi, coordinator

Centre of Excellence for Speech and Language Development
English Montreal School Board
Carol Jazzar, coordinator

Centre of Excellence for the Physically, Intellectually and Multi-Challenged
Eastern Township School Board
Kymberley Morin, coordinator

Inclusive Learning Resource Network (I-LRN)
Sir Wilfred Laurier School Board
Lynn Senecal, coordinator  

 

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