Skills gained on how to handle ASD behaviours
One of the South Waikato’s principals has completed her sabbatical and has learnt new information to apply to her school.
Cargill Open Plan School principal Rhonda Rayner completed her sabbatical recently where she was required to undertake professional learning in how schools can meet the needs of those with Autism Spectrum Disorder ( ASD) including Aspergers Syndrome.
‘‘Because ASD is a spectrum there are a range of behaviours displayed,’’ Mrs Rayner said.
‘‘Schools are finding more and more children coming through with ASD-type behaviours so it is helpful to have strategies to support these children in the classroom.’’
Mrs Rayner worked with a behavioural consultant specialng in ASD, visited schools in Tauranga and Auckland with specialist staff, classrooms and programmes, and researched available literature.
‘‘In 2008, Cargill was awarded funding from the ministry for two years which included professional development for staff in this area along with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), ’’ she said
Her sabbatical enabled her to build on the knowledge around the triggers for some children.
‘‘As with all principal sabbatical reports, the report will be available from the Ministry of Education’s website in due course.’’