SEVERE PHYSICAL OR MEDICAL DISABILITY (Code 44)
A student/child with a severe physical, medical or neurological disability, including autism, is one who:
  1. a) has a medical diagnosis of a physical disability, specific neurological disorder or
    medical condition which creates a significant impact on the student’s/ECS child’s ability to function in the school environment (note: some physical or medical disabilities have little or no impact upon the student’s/ECS child’s ability to function in the school environment); and
  2. b) requires extensive adult assistance and modifications to the learning environment in order to benefit from schooling.
A student/ECS child with severe autism (or other severe pervasive developmental disorder) is included in this category. A clinical diagnosis by a psychiatrist, registered psychologist, or medical professional specializing in the field of autism is required. A clinical diagnosis of autism is not necessarily sufficient to qualify under this category. Eligibility is determined by the functioning level of the student/ECS child with autism.
In order for a diagnosis of autism to be made, the student/ECS child needs to demonstrate impairment in
social interaction and
communication, and
exhibit stereotyped pattern of behaviour (e.g., hand flapping, body rocking, echolalia, insistence on sameness and resistance to change).
A student/ECS child diagnosed with severe fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) may have fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) or alcohol-related neurodevelopmental disorder (ARND) and is included in this category. A clinical diagnosis by a psychiatrist, registered psychologist with specialized training, or medical professional specializing in developmental disorders is required. A clinical diagnosis of FASD is not necessarily sufficient to qualify under this category. Eligibility is determined by the functioning level of the student/ECS child with FASD. Students/ECS children with severe FASD who exhibit significant impairment in the areas of social functioning, life skills, behaviour, learning, attention and concentration will need extensive intervention and support.

AUTISM

AMAZING ASD Resource for Interventions
http://www.texasautism.com/forms

Student Funding Information for Students with a Permanent Disability http://alis.alberta.ca/pdf/disabilities/informationsheet.pdf

He Doesn't Understand- comprehension for children with autism.
http://www.homeschoolconvention.com/blog/he-doesnt-understand-comprehension-support-for-children-with-autism/


When your student experiences difficulty with speaking...
• give sentence starters.
• use visuals.
• use graphic organizers to organize ideas and relationships.
• allow extra response time for processing.
• say student’s name, then state question.
• use cues and prompts to help student know when to speak.
• use partners.
• phrase questions with choices embedded in them.
• use choral reading or speaking.
• use rhythm or music.
• allow practice opportunities for speaking.