Universal Supports

  • Focus on differentiation and broad-based strategies to benefit all children and youth.
  • Consent not required
  • Documentation:
    • Classroom services should be captured in a brief document that identifies the objectives.
    • Service providers should keep documentation on the number of sessions (if it is a series) and the number of students participating.
    • If possible, the teacher will share a short communique with parents.

Universal Support Examples:

InclusionInclusion is the opportunity to be fully and meaningfully integrated into a typical learning environment. Inclusion also refers to an attitude of acceptance of, and belonging for, allstudents such that they feel valued as part of the school family.
Differentiated InstructionDifferentiated instruction is an approach to teaching in which teachers and school communities actively work to support the learning of all students through strategic assessment, thoughtful planning and targeted, flexible instruction.
Assessment for Learning“practices that emphasize more formative dimensions of assessment, tighter connections between learning outcomes and teaching activities, greater student involvement in self-assessment, increasing student independence and enhanced teacher responsibility for ensuring all students learn” (University Research Review Successful Assessment for Learning Projects from AISI Cycle 3 (2011)
Positive Behavior SupportsClassroom management strategies
Effective Behavior Supports (EBS)
Supporting Positive Behaviour in Alberta Schools: A school-wide approach
Supporting Positive Behaviour in Alberta Schools: A classroom approach
Language and LiteracyStrategies to support language development
Comprehension strategies
Vocabulary strategies
Grammar strategies
Following directions
Word finding strategies
Visualizing and verbalizing
Phonological awareness
Social Skills InstructionSocial skill groups
Social stories
Self-monitoring skills for social situations
Problem solving skills for social situations
Emotional regulation
Visual SupportsVisual supports for improving communication
Visual schedules for the classroom
Visuals that support content learning
Assisstive/instructional technologies and classroom supportsiPad/iPod applications
Smart Board use and software
QR codes for supporting materials
Self-Regulation and Physical EnvironmentSensory tool kits for the classroom
Quiet and movement zones
Classroom body breaks
Alternative seating
Organizational strategies
Learning ProfilesLearning preferences and styles
Types of intelligences
Influences based on gender, culture and personality
Metacognitive StrategiesUnderstanding of their own learning strengths and needs
Approaching problems systematically
Learning and applying strategies
Choosing effective and appropriate strategies
Organizing time and personal space
SpeechSpeech sound strategies in the classroom
Centers for all students which emphasize speech/language skills
Fine Motor and PrintingPrinting programs
Pencil grips
Alternative paper and writing tools
Visual perceptual strategies
Alternative cutting tools
Fine Motor Development strategies