Programs

The Bridge Program

The Bridge Program

Helping students improve their early-learning skills, while providing a bridge between specialized services and community programing.

Program details:

The Bridge Program provides an enriched early-learning opportunity for children between the ages of 2 and 5 years, diagnosed with Down syndrome. Collaboration amongst parents, a Speech Language Pathologist, Music Therapist, and Occupational Therapist enables the program to target a wide-variety of critical skills for the early years. Specific areas of focus include speech, language, sensory processing, social communication, and self-help skills.

This program is offered two mornings a week, from 9:30am - 11:30am. The Bridge Program runs from September to June and follows the school schedule (i.e. holidays at Christmas, Easter, summer, etc.). Registration is available on an ongoing

basis until program capacity is reached. There is room in this program for up to three children without Down syndrome, these students will be offered an enriched early-learning experience while developing friendships with peers who have diverse needs.

Families can register by contacting admin@aimprogram.ca or call (306)381-6246 for further information.

Discovery Group

The Discovery Group

Discovering your child's potential through music, movement and play.

Program Details:

AIM's Discovery Group provides an enriched early-learning program to children between the ages of 0 - 2 years, diagnosed with Down syndrome. This is the first group experience families have here at AIM. The goal of the program is to introduce parents and caregivers to techniques that will aid in their child's development of speech, language, sensory processing, social skills and motor skills. Collaboration amongst parents, a Speech Language Pathologist, Music Therapist, and Occupational therapist enables the program to target a wide-variety of critical early learning skills.

One of the goals of this group is to encourage parents to become partners in their child's early learning development. Active involvement from family members is a critical component to the success of this program. Parents/caregivers stay with their child for the entire session. Other members of students' learning teams (i.e. ECIP, other caregivers, etc.) are welcome to observe sessions.

Discovery Group is held once a month from 9:30am - 11:00am, with an additional (optional) hour of caregiver connection time from 11:00am - 12:00pm. Registration is available on an on-going until program capacity is reached.

Families can register by contacting admin@aimprogram.ca or call (306)381-6246 for further information.

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Everyone A Reader

Everyone a Reader Program- Starting up again in the Fall

Helping learners improve their reading abilities, while providing the education needed for everyone to be a reader.

Program details:

Everyone a Reader is a reading program that offers individualized reading instruction to learners of all levels of reading. It does not matter what reading level, nor age, your son/daughter is at to start. In fact, pre-primary ages can lean an amazing amount of words as well as start to develop a very solid phonemic base and awareness. Older learners excel through their developed patience and comprehension. This program includes a reading progress report which can be shared with the school, homework and access to our extensive library to enhance the reading experience at home as well.

AIM's reading program is designed to be held once a week for a 30 to 45 minute session, depending on the age of the learner. Back-to-back Reading and Speech sessions could be preferable to many families and we will strive to accommodate to the best of our abilities to ensure your valuable time is not encroached upon any more than necessary. Incorporated into every reading session, depending on the age of the learner, is a combination of:

  • Short term memory Building

  • Sight Word Acquisition
  • Phonemic Awareness and/or Phonics
  • Comprehension Building with Leveled Readers and other Activities
  • iPad and software Applications

Parental involvement is a key aspect of the Everyone a Reader program. Learners will receive homework assignments as well as encouraged to practice their reading at home. Portions of the out-of-class reading have been formulated with increased parent/child/sibling bonding in mind and designed and implemented by parents who know the value and importance of time management among families and today's busy schedules.

register for this program by contacting admin@aimprogram.ca or call (306) 381-6246 for further information.

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Speech and Language Services

Speech and Language Services

Enhancing the speech, language, and communication skills for AIM students of Saskatchewan

Program Details:

Our certified Speech and Language Pathologists provide individual and/or small group programming to enhance the speech, language and communication skills for AIM students, aged 0 - 22 years. Through fun, functional, age-appropriate activities, students and families learn effective strategies to maximize skill development. Our SLP's look forward to collaborating with teachers, parents and other professionals, in order to maximize the success that AIM students have in all their learning environments.

Speech therapy sessions generally occur weekly, but other arrangements can be made based on families preference. Individual and/or small group sessions are offered, based on the students' needs. Sessions are designed to target the individual speech goals of a student, while using fun and motivating materials and activities. Progress is continually monitored, and reports are provided on a regular basis.

Speech and language goals are individually determined on each student's strengths and needs. Some general goals targeted include the following:

  • Articulation: improving speech sounds, blending sounds in words, increasing sound repertoire, etc.
  • Expressive language: requesting, initiating, responding, expanding utterance length, etc.
  • Receptive language: responding to requests, selecting objects, understanding concepts, following sequence, etc.
  • Social communication: greeting others, initiating conversation, responding to peers, identifying "expected" and "unexpected" behaviours, etc.
  • Attending: participation in activities, turn taking, etc.

Goals can be addressed in individual sessions, small group sessions, or a combination of both! Please feel free to talk with our SLP's to find out what options best suits your child.

contact us via e-mail at admin@aimprogram.ca or call (306)381-6246 for further information.

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