Parents Challenge Coquitlam School District 43 for Lack of ABA Training for Assistants

Parents challenged School District 43 at a budget meeting on Tuesday, April 17th for not requiring applied behaviour analysis (ABA) training for education assistants.  As reported by the Tri-City News, parents say the training is critical for helping their children learn and claim families are leaving to obtain the help in other districts.

Peter Raptis, a Coquitlam resident and father of a boy with autism, said he was surprised he couldn’t get the support of an EA trained in ABA — which breaks tasks down into steps for children to learn — and said he is worried that his son could lose “incredible gains” without it.

Paul McNaughton, SD43\’s director of instruction for learning services, was on the hot seat for much of the discussion because many of the concerns raised were about supports for students with special needs. McNaughton said the district hired a consultant with ABA expertise to train team members who deal with kids with autism and has consulted parents on the matter.

It will be interesting to see what occurs following this meeting in our community. CVS stands behind educators having the appropriate knowledge and training to assist individuals succeed and develop to the best of their abilities.