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Toronto Catholic District School Board

The Program to Assist Social Thinking (PAST) is a cognitive-behavioural approach that provides intensive support to students with High Functioning Autism (Asperger's Syndrome). These students do not automatically assimilate the unwritten rules of social interaction. Students with Asperger's Syndrome must be directly taught how to have successful interactions at home, at school and in their community. The program is delivered by a teacher and a Child and Youth Worker.
 
PAST focuses on the enhancement of the perspective taking abilities of students. Skill areas addressed within this context are the understanding emotions of self and others, communication, cooperative play, development of relationships, understanding of diagnosis and self advocacy. In keeping with the mission of the TCDSB, time is spent each session helping the student develop a personal relationship with God.
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