About Home Education

This service is for Home Education families in Alberta, Canada.

Home Education Support Program

The home education support program provides parents with an opportunity to expand their skills to teach their children at home. Home Education parents in Alberta have access to live learning sessions with speech language pathologists, occupational therapists, behavioral mental health therapists, and reading consultants.

At times parents may need to have their child assessed by a professional when delays are observed in the areas of communication, motor, sensory, learning and behavior. Please read the information below about Home Education Service Eligibility first. You may then complete intake using the "HomeEd Booking" link below, and schedule a meeting with our intake team.

If you have already received an assessment and have questions about how to target areas of concern such as autism, learning delays, behavior, sensory needs, writing, reading, speech sounds etc. please move forward to the Workshop page under Home Ed and sign up for any of the live learning sessions with our therapists. During these virtual presentations families will have a chance to ask questions and gain insights from the therapists directly.

If you are not sure which service you require and wish to have a private consultation to discuss your needs, go to the "HomeEd Booking" link below. You will be able to schedule a meeting at the end of the intake form.

Please note that Alberta Learning has approved this service for home education students whose parents are their primary teachers. Students who have teacher directed programming or online programming with teachers do not qualify for assessments or individual consultation services. In addition, parents who are receiving specialized services from a team funded by FSCD do not qualify for consultations and assessments under this program.


Home Education Service Eligibility

Assessments are provided when a student meets clinical criteria, as determined by the professional.

Psycho educational assessments are provided only for students who are:

  • Grade 4 or above, and
  • 9 years of age or above, and
  • demonstrate a 2 year delay in all subject areas

Learning assessments are provided to students who are under Grade 4, and demonstrate delays in the area of reading and math. These assessments identify learning gaps and inform parents where enrichments and adaptations are needed. Go to the HomeEd Booking link below to complete registration and schedule a consultation. A member of our intake team will meet with you first. If you meet criteria the intake worker will help you book an assessment.

Autism and other multidisciplinary team assessments are provided by the home education support program. While efforts are made to link rural families with assessment teams in their communities, often wait times can be long and therefore, the home education support program will allow families to access assessment teams in other communities. In this case families are responsible for their own travel and accommodation costs. Go to the HomeEd Booking link below to complete registration and schedule a consultation.

Please note the following limitations and parameters for Home Education Support Program:

  • Assessments provided in this program are intended to help parents whose children have not been previously assessed or do not have a current assessment in place. The purpose of the program is not to provide a second opinion for valid assessments that were completed by other programs
  • Families must inquire about an ADHD diagnosis from their family physician or pediatrician
  • Alberta Learning has approved this service for home education students whose parents are their primary teachers. Students who have teacher directed programming or online programming with teachers do not qualify for assessments or individual consultation services. In addition, parents who are receiving specialized services from a team funded by FSCD do not qualify for consultations and assessments under this program.

This program does not provide ongoing direct intervention. Please note the following;

  • If you have a child that stutters please contact The Institute for Stuttering Treatment and Research (ISTAR) in Alberta
  • If your child has been diagnosed with apraxia of speech, please contact Speech and Language Services at Alberta Health Services

Spotlight

Kathy Tyler

Learning Consultant

I believe we support student needs best by creating inclusive spaces for them

Kathy TylerLearning Consultant

Kathy Tyler started her career as a speech-language therapy assistant working in an Early Education programs for young students with severe communication disorders. During that time, she also worked for parents who had FSCD supports. These experiences inspired her to complete a degree in special education. Kathy taught students with complex needs in specialized classrooms, specifically with autism spectrum disorders, for 13 years. Recognizing a need for better support for children in the community, she pursued a Master's Degree in Special Education. Kathy believe that we support student needs best by creating inclusive spaces for them in their schools and in their community and by providing evidence-based support for their complex needs. Kathy is a senior leader and trainer for the Chatter social skills program.

As part of the multidisciplinary team at Khan, Kathy provides behavior support to families and school communities. In her role as a child development consultant, she views behavior as a function of a child's needs and a reflection of their abilities. She supports those closest to them with strategies to meet their specific needs. Kathy also supports families when their child has received a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder by helping them navigate the procedures to accessing FSCD.

As a home education service coordinator, Kathy helps parents learn skills in the area of behavior, executive functioning and social communication. She also administers reading assessments and math assessments for children with delays, and guides parents with appropriate strategies that increase their child's learning and academic success.