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: Psychologists, Consultant for Inclusive Education, Speech and Language Pathologist, and Consultants for Autism.
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.