Special Education

The Special Education Program consists of a team of facilitators who develop programs and provide supports to educators working with special needs children in First Nations schools. The team includes speech and language pathologists, occupational therapists, special education facilitators, Deaf and Hard of Hearing facilitators, and literacy coaches. The program continues to provide enhanced services in three main areas: Special Education Services, Training Initiatives, and Clinical Services (school-based). Clinical Services provide much needed support for students with special needs, who require specialized intervention from the clinicians.

Special Education Services

Special Education Services develops programs and provides support to educators, educational assistants, and resource teachers in First Nations schools that work with special needs students. Facilitators are assigned to specific schools to work in areas such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, autism/fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, Non-Violent Crisis Intervention, and remedial programming.

Training Initiatives 

MFNERC’s Training Initiatives provides support through the provision of accredited professional development required to implement innovative programming in First Nations schools. Our participants are mainly First Nations staff employed at either First Nations schools or at MFNERC.

Clinical Services

Th Clinical Services team coordinates planning and implementing rehabilitation services. This includes ongoing communication with clinical partners in service delivery. Clinical Services includes 44 staff representing 10 clinical disciplines:

• American Sign Language (ASL)

• Deaf and Hard of Hearing

• Educational audiology

• Literacy coaching

• Occupational therapy

• Physiotherapy

• School psychology

• Speech language pathology

• Student support

• Unified Referral Intake System (URIS) nurse

Ongoing research and assessment identifies the growing demand to provide services to children with special needs. The Special Education Program continues to adapt and grow to meet these challenges.

For more information on the Special Education Program please contact:
Special Education



News & Events

Lighting the Fire 2019

Lighting the Fire (LTF) 2019 celebrated MFNERC’s 20th year in operation with the theme “Honouring Our Heritage—Celebrating the International Year of Indigenous Languages.” This conference highlighted the richness of First Nations languages in Manitoba. Read More >

Story Sharing at the Special Education Department’s Staff Meeting

The day-long meeting started with Elder Don Robertson saying an opening prayer and with some welcoming remarks from Margaret Scott, Director of Special Education; Don Shackel, Assistant Director of Special Education; and Shirley Myran, Manager of the Training Institute. Read More >

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