Supports for Students

School Counsellor

Students have access to a part time school counselor. The counselor helps students work out problems, which are interfering with their success in school. These problems might be personal, emotional, or social in nature. Characteristics of the counseling services provided may encompass elements from each of the following areas:

  1. Educational counseling (e.g. study skills, liaison to community resources)
  2. Career counseling (e.g. involvement in career awareness)
  3. Personal counseling (e.g. peer relationships, family/separation, divorces, teacher student conflict)
  4. Placement (e.g. individual and group testing, psychological assessments, interpretation of results to parents and teachers, identification of special needs students.)
  5. Orientation and registration (e.g. grade 6 to junior high)
  6. Staff supports (e.g. counseling for staff)
  7. Referral procedure
  8. Student self referrals may be submitted to the counselor at any time.

Speech/Language Pathologist

Speech-language pathologists, sometimes called speech therapists, assess, diagnose, treat, and help to prevent disorders related to speech, language, cognitive-communication, voice, swallowing, and fluency.  If you have any concerns, please speak with a staff member about a referral.

Occupational Therapist

Occupational therapists help clients improve their ability to perform tasks in living and working environments. They use treatments to develop, recover, or maintain the daily living and work skills of their clients. The therapist helps clients not only to improve their basic motor functions and reasoning abilities, but also to compensate for permanent loss of function. The goal is to help clients have independent, productive, and satisfying lives. If you have any concerns, please speak with a staff member about a referral.


Big Brothers Big Sisters

Big Brothers Big Sisters Society of Edmonton& Area is a community-supported, mentor based organization committed to the healthy development of children in need and their families through provision of quality, one-to-one volunteer relationships and related programs.
Research has shown that having a mentor in their lives has a long-lasting and positive impact on children. Littles with a mentor are:

  • 52% less likely to skip school
  • 46% less likely to begin using illegal drugs
  • more likely to get along with family and peers
Big Brothers Big Sisters

Roots of Empathy

Roots of Empathy is an award winning, evidence-based classroom program that has shown dramatic effect in reducing levels of aggression among schoolchildren by raising social/emotional competence and increasing empathy. The program reaches elementary schoolchildren from Kindergarten to Grade 8. At the heart of the program are a neighbourhood infant and parent who visit the classroom every three weeks over the school year. Under the guidance of a trained ROE Instructor, students observe the baby's development and learn about the baby's feelings. They become more competent in understanding their own feelings and the feelings of others (empathy) and are therefore less likely to physically, psychologically and emotionally hurt each other through bullying and other cruelties.

Roots of Empathy