The Parent Room

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Welcome to The Parent Room.

This space is provided to support your quest for information, to borrow a toy, book, DVD, to use the computer or to speak with other parents.

.  As the parent is the first and most important teacher in a child’s life, the necessity of parental involvement in their child’s educational and therapeutic program is essential to meeting goals and achieving success as defined by the family.  The following services were created or expanded to move Silver Creek forward in our efforts to help each child achieve their full potential: 

  • A more focused Parent Advocacy and Support program.  We continue to be grateful to Etobicoke Brighter Futures Coalition for their financial support of this project.
  • Weekly volunteer support in the parent room provided by a community member with expertise in social work and provincial policy
  • Parent in the Classroom project: a dedicated day for parents to participate in the classroom
  • Home/School Connection visits where teachers and therapists are able to visit in the home or alternate school program/childcare to promote cohesive goal setting and to problem solve around situations that are impeding progress.  These situations may be behavioral, health, medical/surgical issues, communication, ADL, school transition, or adaptive equipment in nature.
  • Parent Workshops:
    • CPR/First Aid
    • Keeping It Together:  make and take organizational binder
    • Sign Language 5 week course
    • School Transition evening, including the TDSB, TCDSB, and Parent speakers
    • Pathways to Printing workshop
    • Parents of former SC students: ‘What I have Learned” panel

 

For all of these programs we request/receive parent feedback, as well as elicit ideas for topics of interest/need.  Following are a few of the responses received:

'I find the support materials that were given are excellent tools, and really helps to remember and practice the signs' (5 week Signed English Course, Sept-Oct. 2014)

"Great facilitated discussion. Excellent--thank you.  I hope there will be many more evening sessions--great pace, very informative" (Caring for the Caregiver: Navigating the Health Care System, Nov. 2014)

 

 

 

the personal experiences were very inspiring and valuable in so many ways; all speakers shared excellent and relevant experiences; it was a great night with lots of good planning” (parent evening April 14, 2010)

 

“Very friendly instructor, very knowledgeable, sessions informative and educational; the course was great, but would be even better if it is offered early in the school year” (Sign Language January 2010)

 

“Very informative; all the explanations were done well; all tools were presented and explained; certainly I learned of ways which promote continuity of learning as well as the potential in other play activities which contribute to development of printing skills; exceeded my expectations.  Examples of activities for use were plentiful and practical. “ (Pathways to Printing, Feb. 2010)

 

“ I got to see my children in a different environment/ as a working mom whose kids take the bus I don’t normally get to see what happens in a typical day for them; I highly recommend keeping this program on as its great way for parents to get involved and also picked up lots of ideas about what they can do with their child at home” (Parent in the Classroom initiative)

 

Feedback from our families to these events/initiatives shows that we are meeting expectations 98% of the time; exceeding 25% of the time and that parents 98% of the time see themselves applying some of the learnings from the workshop/course. Our next endeavor is to reach more parents/participants in these activities, particularly our families who have language barriers or difficulties with access to transportation. 

Testimonial

 

Silver Creek has been an incredibly special place for my daughter Madeleine.  When she started at Silver Creek in September her speech was delayed and she was only able to say one word sentences and in only three months she has started stringing together short sentences which has been remarkable.  Her doctor just saw her in December and couldn't believe how much progress she had made in such a short time and thinks her speech is now on target for a 2 1/2 year old.  The staff at Silver Creek are some of the most gifted teachers that I have met and while showing such love and compassion for all their students, they also have the unique ability to push students out of their comfort zone to help them excel in all areas of development.  Thank you just doesn't seem enough for all that your staff do everyday.   

Christine O’Rourke, mother of Madeleine

Christine O'Rourke