Increase Connections and Communication
Through focusing on relationships that provide formal mentoring to students, the WRaP program has developed a best practices model of supporting students with an FASD. Evidence based research supports the effectiveness of relationships between vulnerable students and adult role models in the school to prevent risk increasing behaviours and outcomes. WRaP Success Coaches implement a wraparound philosophy, focusing on and encouraging the development of relationships through tools and activities that have resulted in improved outcomes for students living with FASD.
Connections with Students
The Success Coach Model is centered around the student and relationships with students represent the core of the WRaP project. Connecting with students is critical for facilitating student success.
Connections with Caregivers
Contact and connection with caregivers is essential to developing wraparound supports around students. Developing and maintaining connections with a student’s parents/caregivers is important and requires flexibility to meet families outside fo the school walls. It is also essential that parents/caregivers are able to comfortably share the successes and struggles of their child, in an effort to best support the student’s school experience. Connection with caregivers also demonstrates opporutnities to provide consistency across environments and establish an integral role in the team of support. In the 2015-2016 school year, connections with caregivers was represented by WRaP Success Coaches:
- 97% of parents/caregivers whose child was involved with WRaP had been in contact with a WRaP coach.
- 89%of parents/caregivers were involved in planning for their child's success alongside WRaP coaches.
- 93% of parents/caregivers had been provided with information and support by their child's WRaP coach.
Connections with School Staff
Developing connections with schools and relationships with school staff is critical to facilitating capacity building and student success. In order to establish and maintain relationships with school staff, it is important for WRaP Success Coaches to be situated within the school environment and becoming part of the school culture, as this helps coaches to become a part of the school team. WRaP Success Coaches share information about FASD in both formal and informal interactions with school staff, in addition to strategies for supporting students with FASD. Connections with school staff supports a shared understanding of FASD in the school environment while maintaining a strong support team.
Connections with Community Partners
WRaP recognizes the diversity in the structure and functioning of the communities that we work within and uses this knowledge to encourage capacity building through a strength based approach. WRaP understands that the students we serve are members of the communities with which they live and learn, and they are best served by supports that create a sense of belonging and inclusion, through a wraparound model.