Bid to bring out best in autism dis­or­der stu­dents

Southern Telegraph - - News - Chloe Fraser

A spe­cial­ist learn­ing pro­gram for stu­dents with autism spec­trum dis­or­der will be­gin at Cooloongup Pri­mary School next year.

The pro­gram pro­vides sup­port to stu­dents with autism who have the in­tel­lec­tual ca­pac­ity to study the main­stream cur­ricu­lum but have spec­i­fied so­cial and emo­tional de­vel­op­ment needs.

Pro­gram co-or­di­na­tor Sara Leed said the pro­gram was open to up to 25 stu­dents with a di­ag­no­sis of autism from kinder­garten to Year 6.

“ASD is be­com­ing the most com­mon dis­abil­ity we are see­ing . . . not be­cause there are more peo­ple with ASD but be­cause there are more di­ag­noses,” she said.

“Aca­dem­i­cally these kids are quite able but due to their ASD they have dif­fer­ent so­cial and emo­tional needs.

“Ide­ally the pro­gram will act as a gate- way into main­stream school­ing. If we can give these kids the in­ter­ven­tion they need, they will have such a great chance at suc- cess.” The school will of­fer the pro­gram next year, with Bal­divis Sec­ondary Col­lege to fol­low in 2020.

Pic­ture: Chloe Fraser

Cooloongup Pri­mary School prin­ci­pal Gail Samp­son and pro­gram co-or­di­na­tor Sara Leed.

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