Skills gained on how to han­dle ASD be­hav­iours

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

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.’’

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