How long does the program take?
All modules consist of six sessions. Each session will take 1 week to complete. During each session teachers will learn more about the disorder, as well as ways to implement interventions that will help support their student in the classroom. Teachers can return to previous sessions for review, but will need to spend at least one week on each session before beginning the next. We recommend completing the program in 6-8 weeks.
How much time will the program take each day?
The program was designed with the school system in mind, and knowing that all members of the school team as well as families are busy. Viewing a session and planning activities for the week should take about 1 hour. Implementing the interventions in the classroom will take more time. If everyone is able to invest time and energy on the program, they should see this investment pay off! For more information about the Research Study please take a look at our “Research Study” page.
Will I be given access to the program right away?
We are currently seeking psychologists working within Canadian public school systems to partner with us in an evaluation of the ASSIST program. Partnering psychologists will be asked to recruit 6 - 12 teachers, along with willing teachers and families, to participate in a research study. Eligible participants will be asked to complete several questionnaires before they begin. Partnering psychologists, along with the participants they recruit, will be randomly divided into one of two groups. One group will be asked to complete the program immediately. The second group will be asked to complete the program at the end of the study. Both groups will be asked to complete a series of questionnaires at baseline and 3-month follow-up after they enroll in the study. This will allow the ASSIST team to evaluate the program.
How does the program work?
ASSIST is a suite of online modules, with each module addressing a specific mental health disorder. Currently, we have three modules: one on attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), one on autism spectrum disorder (ASD), and one on learning disabilities (LD). Each module focuses on building knowledge of the disorder and guiding teachers through implementing evidence-based interventions in the classroom while promoting communication, collaboration, and self-care. Specific interventions will depend on the module as these vary among disorders.
When will results of the program be seen in the classroom?
Every student is different, and not all interventions work the same way for every child. However, if teachers complete the activities and follow the program they should see results by the end of the 6 sessions.
What do I need to participate?
All teachers need in an internet connection and an email address. All information materials are provided online.
What are the technical requirements?
Operating System: Windows XP or higher or Mac OS X 10.4 or higher
Browser: Google Chrome 7.0 or higher (recommended), Internet Explorer 8.0 or higher, Firefox 4 or higher, or Safari 5.0 or higher
Broadband connection: (1 Mbps or higher) preferable
What are the benefits of participating?
Participation is free! The benefits of participating in the research study are different depending on whether you are a psychologist, teacher, family, or student. Please take a look at our “Research Study” page for more information.