The APSEA assessment team, based at the APSEA Centre, gathers information in the areas of audiology, cognition, academics and language and other areas when appropriate. When assessing students with dual sensory loss, the assessment team for students who are blind or visually impaired is also involved.
Short Term Programs
APSEA short-term programs (STPs) are developed to provide an intense, individualized program to meet each student's identified needs. A student could participate in more than one STP in any school year. Programs are provided for small groups of students and vary in duration, up to one week. The students have the opportunity to participate in 9-9 programming as residence staff support STPs by providing activities to reinforce program outcomes after school and in the evenings. Students are encouraged to stay in residence for the duration of their STP. In some circumstances, students attend as a day student.
The APSEA audiology department consists of the Audiologist, the Hearing Systems Technologist and the Accounting Clerk. The Audiologist is a member of the DHH Assessment team and provides support in fitting students with new APSEA issued personal remote microphone systems (FM/DM). Hearing aid supplies can also be purchased by families through the Department.
Educational Interpreter Consultant
The Educational Interpreter Consultant (EIC) provides professional development, support and mentoring/coaching to educational interpreters. The EIC also provides consultative support to APSEA students, staff and educational team members in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick regarding student self-advocacy, accessibility, interpreter use skills and planning for post-secondary/community interpreter use. The consultant coordinates and reports on student sign language proficiency.
Consultant for Students who are Deaf with Additional Challenges
The Consultant for Students who are Deaf with Additional Challenges provides consultative services to APSEA itinerant teachers and preschool and school-based teams for students who are deaf or hard of hearing with additional challenges in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. Working in collaboration with the team, the Consultant provides information and strategies which can assist professionals in best supporting the individual child’s needs. The primary focus for the consultant is communication (pre-symbolic communication, tangible symbol systems, AAC implementation*, etc.). Service may be delivered via on-site visits, phone conferences and/or web-conferencing.