Integrating into School with Special Needs


January 17th, 2019 (7-9.30pm)
Parent Info Session on Integrating a Special Needs Child into the School System
Hosts: Richard Kerkhoven and Hayley Vininsky

This information session is for parents wishing to meet experts from teams representing the English Montreal School Board Lester B. Pearson School Board Giant Steps School Montreal / École À Pas de Géant Montréal Summit School The Quebec Association of Independent Schools and Clinique Spectrum. We are hosting an evening session to help guide parents and answer questions about school options for kids with special needs

Talking Points

  1. How to apply for Kindergarden when you have a child with special needs
    • English eligibility?
  2. Talk about the differences between having your child attend a specialized school, specialized classroom or an integrated classroom
    • Elementary vs. High School
    • Differences between Private and Public Schools
  3. ASD classes in English and French and which schools have them? Benefits to this type of learning.
  4. How much support do they get with regards to the type of classroom they are in? What support do they get?
  5. What to know about IEP? What to bring to the IEP meeting and who can attend?
  6. Disclosing the diagnosis. Pros and Cons?
  7. Hiring a Private Therapist to go to the school with the child
  8. What if it doesn’t work? What if there’s a problem? How long should you wait before talking change of school/classroom?
    • Specialized services available (Behavioural?)
  9. What transport is available where? Specialized transport?
  10. Applying to a school outside of your zone

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English Montreal School Board
Lester B. Pearson School Board
Giant Steps
Summit School
Quebec Association of Independent Schools


Cost: $10 (taxes included – payment made through eTransfer)
Please note that it is a unique payment of $10 for both parents

Included: beverages, snacks

Deadline for Registration and Payment: January 15, 2019


To register, please send an email to

Payments to be done by e-transfer to

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Training Location

Training will be offered at the following beautiful location:

Service d’Adaption et d’Intégration de Montréal

2473 Saint-Patrick St,
Montreal, QC
H3K 1B3

2 blocks from Charlevoix metro (green line), 10 minutes from Atwater Market, parking available, the building is located along the lovely Lachine Canal bike path.