Elves Special Needs Society
Early Childhood Services (ECS)
Elves is proud to be a Designated Special Education Program (DSEP) accredited by Alberta Education.
We are an independent school creating individualized program plans for each learner to ensure their education is tailored to their abilities, and providing success in learning and life. With over 45 years’ experience, our multidisciplinary team of experts are all on site to engage learners in their educational development.
Elves serves over 200 ECS learners across two locations in Edmonton, Alberta:
- Elves Child Development Centre 10825-142 Street
- 9:00 am to 11:30 pm (am class) 12:00 am to 2:30 pm (pm class) instructional hours (400 hour)
- 9:00 am to 2:30 pm (800 hour)
- Elves Adult & Youth Centre 10419-159 Street
- 8:45 am to 11:15 pm (am class) 11:45 am to 2:15 pm (pm class) instructional hours (400 hour)
- 8:45 am to 2:15 pm (800 hour)
- Are between the ages of 2.8 to 6.
- Eligible for Program Unit Funding (PUF), or mild/moderate funding.
- Have one severe developmental delay, or two moderate delays, in the following areas:
- Severe speech and language
- Severe emotional or behavioral disability
- Severe physical, cognitive, or medical delays (including Autism, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)
- Visual and hearing impairments
- Gross and fine motor skills
Why Choose Elves?
Furthermore, Elves provides programming that optimizes communication, fine and gross motor skills, social and emotional regulation, classroom skills onsite, early literacy, and numeracy. We serve all ability levels while specializing in Early Childhood Services for learners with speech delays, Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).
What Would a School Day Look Like?
Thinking about enrolling your child at Elves, but want to know more about what their day will look like? Check out an ECS School Day.
Environment Designed for Learning and Growth
In order to foster our young learner’s growth, Elves wants to ensure they have all the tools in their grasp. Therefore, equipment such as walkers, standing frames, beds, and augmentative communication devices are always available to them. Each learner is educated within a specialized classroom setting while also having opportunities to use items such as switches, Alphasmart Neos keyboards, computers, and a SMART Board.
Classrooms are designed around the ages and abilities of learners. For example, you may step into one classroom filled with bright colours, toys, and tables adorned with crafts. Another room specially designated for learners with Autism, may have white walls, a basket swing attached to the ceiling, sensory bins, and an egg chair for learners to self-soothe.
Transportation opportunities may be available to and from school. This will be determined once your child is enrolled in our program through the Student Services Coordinator. Transportation is provided by one of our partners such as First Student, Yellow Cab, or Elves’ bus.
Family Support Network
Daily communication takes place between home and school through phone calls and communication books. As well, home visits are scheduled with parents/caregivers so staff can provide tools to foster growth and development in all facets of life. This gives parents/caregivers the chance to ask questions one-on-one and allow staff to learn more about their child within the home environment.
Parents/caregivers are given opportunities to attend Family-Oriented Programming Sessions (FOPs) which offer information on supports such as toilet training, picky eaters, positive behavioral supports, sleep concerns, and transition to Grade One.
Families are also provided access to community resources and referrals, and are invited to attend weeknight support groups depending on their needs.
Other Onsite Services
- Physiatry (Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation)
- Travelling Low Vision Clinic
- Home Nutritional Support Clinic
- Adult Mental Health Clinic
- Psychoeducational Assessments
- Triple P Parenting Program
- Positive Behavioural Supports
- MANDT Training
- Elves’ Summer Respite Program offered in July, funded by Ministries of Community and Social Services and Children’s Services
- Family Support Groups
- Glenrose Pre-school Assessment Program (PAS)
- Glenrose Pre-school and Learning Intervention Program (PLAI)
- Children and Adolescent Services Association (CASA)
- Feeding and Swallowing Assessment Clinics
- Glenrose Seating Clinics
- Special Education Supports & Learning Coach
- PUF Coordinator
- Certified Teachers
- Educational Assistants
- Early Education, Special Needs, and Proactive Behavioural Consultation
- Speech and Language Pathologists and Assistants
- Occupational Therapists
- Physical Therapists
- PT/OT Assistants
- Family Support Workers