Frequently Asked Questions
What is PUF?
Program Unit Funding (PUF) is provided by Alberta Education for children who have been diagnosed with a severe disability and who require additional support and services beyond those that are in place in the Early Childhood Services (ECS) program. Funding is provided for a MAXIMUM of 3 years.
PUF is available to:
- Children in Early Education Services (preschool, daycare and/or kindergarten)
- Children 2.5 to 6 years of age (Please note: children who reach the age of 6 before September 1 of the school year are not eligible for PUF.)
How is the Centre for Autism Services Alberta involved with PUF?
The Centre for Autism Services Alberta is an approved PUF provider and can provide a school placement, multidisciplinary team, and aide support for the child in a community classroom. The main purpose of the Centre's PUF program is the inclusion of the child in a local community school with typically developing peers.
Why is inclusion important?
Through inclusion opportunities, children with autism develop new and genuine friendships with typically developing peers who model appropriate behaviors. Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) learn appropriate social, communication, and life skills within a natural setting. In addition, children attending an inclusive PUF program demonstrate a greater success in community experiences.What is provided?
Educational programming is provided for preschool and kindergarten aged children in a child’s local community school. Our certified teacher for the PUF program partners with the school of the parent’s choice to provide individualized services for your child.Experienced Educational Aides are trained to work with your child one-on-one. You will also receive consultation from a Speech Language Pathologist and Occupational Therapist. In-home and in-school consultation will be provided by the PUF program teacher to ensure consistency and collaboration between the home and school. In addition, an Individualized Program Plan (IPP) will be developed for your child by a team of professionals, parents, and the school teacher.Depending on your child’s needs, other services may be accessed including a Psychologist, Physical Therapist, and/or Music Therapist.What are some additional benefits?
The Centre for Autism Services Alberta can provide additional benefits for your child. These may include:* Specialized Services: in-home and community based programming to address areas of need such as communication and self-help skills.
* Groups: access to a variety of therapy based and leisure groups.
* Summer Camp: access to a specialized summer camp program with a focus on community outings.
* Respite Services: in-home relief.How do I apply for PUF?For more information or to apply to the program:
Lisa Bolduc, PUF Program Coordinator