Provincial Outreach Program for Autism and Related Disorders (POPARD)
A Message from the Principal of POPARD
Since the end of Spring break POPARD staff have been collaborating on ways to best respond to the current and evolving Covid-19 situation and its impact on schools, students and staff.
We recognize that individual school districts are beginning to sort out what “school” will look like in their district and for their students. We understand that services will vary greatly depending on what each district decides. One of our next steps is to invite you to let us know what you need and how we can help. Starting April 17, 2020, we have begun reaching out to the many districts and independent schools we serve.
Despite the unfortunate timing of having our website malfunction beyond our control, we are committed to making our resources and services accessible and creating alternative venues for easy communication. We encourage you to continue to visit this webpage to receive updates.
POPARD looks forward to working closely with the Ministry and our districts as we support our schools, staff, students and their families at this critical time.
Georgina Robinson, PhD.
How to Contact POPARD
If you would like to contact POPARD with any questions or requests, in order to facilitate communication, we suggest that it is best to contact us via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also call 604-946-3610. Our support staff will forward all inquiries to the appropriate POPARD staff member as we receive them.
POPARD Needs Survey
We have created a POPARD Needs Survey to solicit feedback on how we can best support schools, students and families during the current COVID-19 situation.
With Support from ACT – Autism Community Training
POPARD is working with ACT to promote upcoming live web streamed events on this page.
POPARD Family-School Liaison presents: Supporting learning and social-emotional needs at home during COVID: Interactive sessions for parents
Visit the event details for web stream access information.
The POPARD Family-School Liaison can be contacted via phone at 604-952-4994 or by email at email@example.com
As parents are in a position of supporting their children at home during the COVID-19 suspension of in-class instruction, there are many challenges that come with trying to balance the multiple demands they are now left with. Children with ASD have endured a drastic change to their routines, and loss of connection to educators and peers. To help support parents through this time, the POPARD Family-School Liaison will provide weekly Zoom sessions on a variety of topics related to the learning and social-emotional needs of children with ASD in the home. The sessions will start with a brief introduction of the topic, including practical strategies, resources and guidance. The sessions will then provide time for parents to engage in interactive discussion and questions. The sessions will be 45 mins-1hr, and will be offered twice a week to offer flexibility to attend.
POPARD live-online Virtual Learning Series
Visit the event details for web stream access information. Some events require free registration. Each workshop will provide a handout to accompany the topic (to be uploaded on the ACT site after the workshop) and longer workshops requiring pre-registration will send out accompanying materials in advance of the workshop. This new series is open to all school staff and parents and attendance is free.
POPARD consultants will be hosting a new series of free live-online workshops aimed at helping parents and teachers who are supporting learning at home during the COVID-19 crisis. This initiative recognizes that without school routines and specialized programs, many students with identified disabilities require additional supports and strategies, beyond what can be provided online or in work packages sent home. With parents taking on the role of educator, behavior manager, speech therapist, social skills instructor, and special educator, POPARD’s goal is to empower parents and those teachers who are working with parents during this remote learning challenge – recognizing that no parent should reasonably be expected to replace a full team approach!
POPARD is providing many options, including one, two and three-hour zoom workshops joined via a link on the day of the workshop. Others are one and two-day workshops that require prior registration. Each workshop will provide a handout to accompany the topic (available after the event). Longer workshops requiring pre-registration will send out accompanying materials in advance of the workshop. This new series is open to all school staff and parents and attendance is free.
Using Enforced Family Time to Support Learning at Home
Many parents of children with diverse learning needs are feeling particularly pressured to keep up educational programs during this crisis, even though they have little support to do so. This is increasing stress on many overwhelmed families. This conversation between two school psychologists and a child psychiatrist will focus on the practical, to reassure families on how formal and informal learning can happen on the home front.
- Dr. Grace Iarocci, Registered Psychologist and Professor of Psychology, Simon Fraser University
- Dr. Georgina Robinson, head of the Provincial Program for Autism and Related Disorders (POPARD), which focuses on training teachers
- Professor Anthony Bailey, Child Psychiatrist and Chair of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, University of British Columbia