SLED-VAST

Student-Led Environments to Deliver Virtual Autism Supports for Wait-times (SLED-VAST)

SLED-VAST is a Student-Led Learning Environment (SLE) supported by the Ontario Autism Program (OAP) Workforce Capacity Fund (Jan 2022-Apr 2023).

Partners include (but are not limited to):

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University of Toronto's Centre for Interprofessional Education (CIPE) at University Health Network

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Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital

McMaster

McMaster University

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NOSM University

TIER

The Institute for Education Research (TIER), University Health Network (UHN)

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Western University

Structure
SLED-VAST project activities will be undertaken with 3 areas of focus:

1. SLED-VAST Consortium
The Consortium is responsible for:

  • Ensuring that the SLED-VAST initiative is a genuinely and meaningfully partnered co-creation of a new SLE
  • Building partnerships and establishing connections to ensure representation and impact (including adding Consortium members as needed)
  • Informing, reflecting on, and sharing practical developments, including future opportunities for scale-up and sustainability

2. SLE Clinic
The virtual clinic will be responsible for delivering foundational supports for early autism services during wait-times (e.g. family workshops; preparatory work)

To establish the Student-Led Environment (SLE) virtual clinic, we will:

  • Recruit facilitators and learners
  • Review, adapt, and apply principles of SLEs
  • Develop & continually reference a team charter
  • Engage in faculty development and professional development
  • Offer introductory session for learners based on the team's evidence-informed critical pedagogy & transformative education work in the context of autism services
  • Launch clinic at HBV, evaluating continually and engaging in quality improvement
  • Launch clinic virtually with partner sites

3. Research & Evaluation
Ongoing scholarship about and evaluation of SLED-VAST will occur in partnership with the Consortium.
Knowledge mobilization of dialogic approaches and coaching supports will be embedded into the SLEs.

Additional information available via SLED-VAST Information Sheet for Potential Partners.

Contact the SLED-VAST Consortium: SLED-VAST@utoronto.ca

SLED-VAST Consortium

  • Gayle Adams-Carpino, Faculty, Interprofessional Education-Laurentian University  Division of Human Sciences, NOSM University
  • Michelle Addison, Director, Health Professions & Collaborative Practice, Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre
  • Amanda Binns, SLP, Speech-Language Matters and Clinical Manager, SLED-VAST
  • Victoria Boyd, PhD Candidate, IPME, UofT and Research Fellow, The Wilson Centre
  • Wenonah Campbell, Associate Professor; John and Margaret Lillie Chair in Childhood Disability Research; Scientist, CanChild, Speech-Language Pathology Program School of Rehabilitation Science
  • Briano DiRezze, Associate Professor, Rehabilitation Science and Scientist, CanCHILD, McMaster University
  • Farah Friesen, Research Associate, Centre for IPE and SLED-VAST Coordinator
  • Sharon Gabison, Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream, Department of Physical Therapy, University of Toronto

 

  • Sylvia Langlois, Associate Professor, Department of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy, University of Toronto and Associate Director, Curriculum & Faculty Relations, Centre for IPE
  • Dean Lising, Lecturer, Department of Physical Therapy, University of Toronto and Team-Based Practice & Education Lead, Centre for IPE
  • Stella Ng (Co-Chair), Director & Scientist, Centre for IPE, Associate Professor, Department of Speech-Language Pathology, University of Toronto, Scientist, Wilson Centre, and AMS Phoenix Fellow in Compassion and AI/Digital Technology
  • Kathryn Parker (Co-Chair), Associate Director, Student-Led Environments, Centre for IPE, Senior Director, Academic Affairs and Simulation Lead, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital Fellow, AMS Phoenix Project Assistant Professor, Department of Paediatrics, University of Toronto
  • Mike Ravenek, Manager, Health Sciences, NOSM University
  • Nicole Woods, Scientist & Associate Director of Operations/UHN, The Wilson Centre, Director, The Institute for Education Research (TIER) at UHN, and Associate Professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine, Temerty Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto