The FSSTT was created to better support students experiencing social, emotional, and behavioral difficulties within inclusive classrooms. The FSSTT was designed to support school staffs and provide direct interventions to students and their families in community school settings. Consultation between and among medical professionals, psychologists, educators and mental health teams is an important aspect of the team’s work. In addition, professional development provided to school personnel involved in working with these students is an essential component of the team’s activities. The team was created in 1995 as a pilot project but has since evolved into a critical service that benefits the entire Lester B. Pearson School Board.
The philosophy underlying the team’s approach is to consider all who are involved in the referred student’s life to be a contributing member and part of the intervention plan. Thus, administrators, classroom teachers, resource teachers and the non-teaching professionals from within the school milieu (e.g. psychologists) and health and social services (e.g. social workers) are also invited to engage in a collaborative problem-solving model to understand the child’s difficulties and create an intervention plan.
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