Project H.O.P.E. is a community based program that provides therapy to children diagnosed with severe physical, communication, cognitive self-help, social-emotional and /or behavioral challenges including Down’s Syndrome, Autism, Attention Deficit with Hyperactivity Disorder, Cerebral Palsy and numerous other conditions. Project H.O.P.E. is a volunteer organization led by a devoted and hard-working Board which fundraises all of the money used to meet the therapeutic needs of the children. Golden Hills School Division partners with Project H.O.P.E. to ensure that the students receive the therapy during school hours in their schools so the children have access to this valuable therapy when they are most alert and while they are in their own community. Such a model provides an opportunity for the therapy to be integrated into the child’s individual program through parent/teacher/therapist collaboration and the use of goals defined on the child’s individual program plan.
This successful partnership has been in existence for over twenty years. Currently, music therapy and an adaptive physical education program is offered in Brentwood Elementary, Crowther Memorial Junior High, Strathmore High School, Wheatland Crossing School, Wheatland Elementary and Westmount Elementary, and is open to all children in the County of Wheatland if the transportation can be arranged.
Project H.O.P.E. provides services to children between the ages of; early entry students (3 years old) to outgoing high school students (19 years old). Funding is a continuous challenge for the Board of Project H.O.P.E.
Mission, Vision, Rationale Statements and Success Measurements
Program Vision: To be a community based program that meets the therapeutic needs of children diagnosed with severe physical, communication, cognitive self-help, social emotional and /or behavioral needs.
Program Mission: To facilitate real life growth in children with developmental challenges by delivering therapy in the school setting.
Rationale: Children and their families will experience more connection and support in their own community and thus the need to bring the therapeutic intervention to the children in their local schools.
Measurements: Individual goals for each student are taken from the school IPP (Individual Program Plan) which is developed with teacher and parent input. The teachers help the therapists choose and adapt the goals to fit the therapy. Achievement of those goals are measured 4 times a year and reported to the parents. At the end of the year, a survey is conducted to measure the program goals. The results are reported in the program’s Annual Report. (Annual Report is available upon request)