S: PALS AUTISM SCHOOL | 2010 - 2011
BC: PALS Autism School 2409 East Pender Street Vancouver, BC V5K 2B2 604.251.PALS www.palsautismschool.ca
FC: 2010 - 2011 | Individualized. Interactive. Inspired.
1: PALS Autism School
2: A Message from the Head of School | It is with great pleasure that we present the 2010-2011 edition of our school yearbook, celebrating PALS Autism School. Although PALS has been in operation for over four years, this school year in particular was filled with many “firsts”. To begin, it was my first year as the Head of School, becoming responsible for leading the staff and students through both their educational programs as well as behavioural interventions. As I took on the new role, working closely with the Board of Directors and the Ministry of Education, I began to understand the many intricacies of running an independent school and I developed a great appreciation for all those who work towards maintaining this special place. Moreover, as I met with the families of existing students and those who were interested in enrolling their children at PALS, I continued to see just how important it is for a school such as PALS to exist. This was the first year PALS received Group 1 Classification from the Ministry of Education and the school also joined the Federation of Independent School Associations of British Columbia. PALS continues to make a place for itself in the community, creating a buzz in our immediate surroundings, throughout the BC school system, and in the fields of applied behaviour analysis and autism research.
3: As the school enrolled new students in September, we also said good bye to others as they had to move on. This was the first year PALS had a graduation ceremony, a special event celebrating the academic achievements of two very determined students. It was also the first year that Friendly Group, a social skills program for children and teens, was offered and received with great success. In addition, our existing academic and summer programs saw the students make great strides, learning an array of important skills from reading books to riding the bus. This year the school implemented the new web portal, PALS In Touch, bridging the communication gap between home and school. PALS also became high tech in more ways than one, 16 ways to be exact, as the school acquired new iPads! The iPad is changing the shape of education for learners with autism, providing them with a voice, with tools, and with fun and PALS is excited to be on the forefront of this great technology. And finally, it was the first year the school revealed its new name and new image, reflecting the core of the school’s purpose: to provide an individualized, interactive, and inspiring school program to children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders. I would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank the hardworking Board of Directors, staff, students, families, and donors. Your guidance, support, and dedication truly made this year a success! Andrea Kasunic, M.Ed., BCBA
4: PALS Autism School was founded in 2007 by five mothers of children with autism and complex developmental disabilities who believed that adequate programming did not exist to meet the special needs of their children, and for many other children across the province.
5: PARENT SUPPORT GROUP | A Message from the Chair It has been an honour to hold the position of chair during my son Karl's graduating year. He graduates from the most life changing program, staffed by the most dedicated people I have had the pleasure to have known. I see only great futures for the kids in the program. Stephanie Frey PSG Chair & Mother of a member of PAL's first graduating class
6: Learning | PALS Autism School uses the proven Applied Behavioural Analysis (ABA) method to provide core education, life skills and socials skills as a foundation for independence.
8: Staying fit & active
9: Our new playground
12: Art & Music Therapy
13: Learning life skills
14: In the community
15: Smiles all around
16: H A L L O W E E N
17: A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS
18: Fun Field Trips
20: Our wonderful Staff
22: Class of 2011 | "You are invited to a graduation ceremony for Karl James & Danielle Kahut"
23: On June 30, 2011 PALS Autism School conducted its first graduation ceremony.
24: PALS GALA 2010
25: PALS GALA 2011
26: Head of School & Head of Intensive Behaviour Intervention Program Andrea Kasunic Certified Classroom Teachers Christina Bartko Katherine Kohorst Head Educational Instructors Ellen Yang Kathy Yuen | Staff | PALS Autism School | Chair & President Katy Harandi Treasurer Alison Arai Secretary Cindy Maltman Robert Standerwick Tammy Grossman Kalla John Stewart John Floren | Board of Directors | Advisory Team | Sharon Baxter MA, BCBA Anna Matchneva M.Ed. BCBA Shannon Muir (R)SLP Alexia Stack M.Ed., BCBA Nicholas Watkins BA, M.Div, BCBA | Administrative Staff Hong Dang Jenette Delos Reyes Before and After School Care Jemana Elsharkawi Judy Lee Rhonda Stone Speech and Language Therapist Shannon Muir Occupational Therapist Patty Wu | Educational Instructors Brittany Jack Christine MacDonald Claire Maulit Danielle Petersen Dershleen Sandhu Elisa Wood Janine Kerr Karine Desplas Laura Brien Roisin Adams Veronica Bryan Yvonne Lam
27: PALS Autism School Society | Sponsors & Supporters | The Aquilini Family Shirin and Oliver Bock Burnaby Firefighters Charitable Society Canucks for Kids Fund Peter Chan and Candy Lim Carolyn and Kevin Chester CKNW Orphans' Fund Face the World Foundation The Harandi Families Iranian-Canadian Benevolent Foundation Al Kanji Jeff and Amanda Goodman Lee Bill and Vivian MacDonald The Mary and Gordon Christopher Foundation Methanex Corporation | The Morris and Helen Belkin Foundation The Please Mum Foundation Fund Queen Alexandra Foundation The Raffii Family Ronald McDonald House Charities of Canada Saeedeh and Sean Salem Devi Sangara and Matt Queree Sinneave Family Foundation TELUS Vancouver Community Board Vanguard Pipe and Fittings and CB Supplies Variety - The Children's Charity Versatech Holdings The Windsor Family Wolrige Foundation | We wish to thank all those who have generously contributed to the creation and fostering of the PALS Autism School Society. Since opening in 2007, these donors have helped provide specialized education, adaptive programming, therapeutic training, and innovative technology for all PALS students and families. This page honours those whose cumulative contributions have exceeded $5000. We would like to thank all of our donors, including those who wish to remain anonymous.