Special Education

Special Education Programs and Placements

The Halton District School Board is committed to the principle that learning is a developmental process and students proceed through the stages of development at varying rates. The HDSB is also committed to the principle that early recognition of learning needs and early intervention is the most effective way to ensure the student remains confident about his/her abilities as a learner and engaged in learning in years to come. ​Many professionals in the Halton District School Board provide support to students with special needs.​​

Please click on the links below for more information located on our HDSB website.

Special Education Plan

The Student Services department in consultation with the Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) prepares an annual Special Education Plan . This plan is reviewed and approved by the Board of Trustees and submitted to the Ministry of Education.

Working Together

A Guide for Parents, called Working Together is available to parents, guardians and students about the Identification, Placement and Review Committee (IPRC) process in Halton. The document sets out the procedures involved in “identifying" a student as exceptional. The Individual Education Plan (IEP) outlines information​​ relating to the IEP when initiating discussions with parents about a student having an IEP or upon parental request.​

Special Education Resource School Contacts

Diane McGivern
CYC (Child Youth Councilor)

The School Child and Youth Counsellor (SCYC) provide services to students and their families, from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 8 . School Child and Youth Counsellors participate with School Resource Teams to determine the best way to support students who are experiencing challenges in their everyday lives. Students may require assistance with behavioural, social, emotional and academic issues in their school environment. SCYCs support students, parents and school staff in coping with these challenges through various interventions and/or referral processes. Kindly click on the link below for more information.

Patricia Molnar
Psychoeducational Consultant

​​Psychological Services is part of the Special Services Team within the Halton District School Board. Staff consist of Psycho-educational Consultants, all of whom hold postgraduate degrees. Psycho-educational Consultants follow the Standards and Ethical Guidelines of the College of Psychologists of Ontario and are either registered with the College or supervised by a member of the College. Kindly click on the link below for more information and to find out how a psychological consultation can help.



Melissa Bedford
Speech-Language Pathologist

School Speech-Language Pathologists are members of the Professional Services Team of the Halton District School Board. All School Speech-Language Pathologists have a M​aster's degree and are registered with the College of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists of Ontario.
Speech-Language Pathologists have specialized training in all areas of communication including speech, language, and literacy. Training includes skills in assessment, intervention and consultation.
School Speech-Language Pathologists are members of the School Resource Team and provide direct support to the following classes/programs:

  • Early Language Development Centres

  • Primary Language Classes

  • Communication Transition Programs

  • Functional Communication Programs

Please click on the link below for more information.

MSPS Special Education Resource Teachers

Special Education Resource Teacher

Special Education Resource Teacher

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