Inclusive infrastructure ensures Territory kids find a voice
TERRITORY classrooms are becoming more inclusive with new specialist infrastructure set to help students with additional needs reach their full potential. The new building for inclusive initiative will see $5.2m worth of infrastructure installed at select schools across the NT.
This includes upgrades to special annexes and autism units at selected schools, acoustics upgrades to more than 20 classrooms and modifications to existing school infrastructure.
Ludmilla Primary School had hearing loops installed in all of its classrooms a year ago.
The sound system allows teachers to talk into a receiver, which is picked up by students wearing headsets or with hearing aids.
Principal Carol Putica said the upgrades made a vast improvement to learning.
“The hearing loop has filled a real need in this school,” she said. “Intermittent hearing loss and children that have hearing loss that sometimes goes undetected is a major impediment for learning.”
Ms Putica said the upgrades also helped restore confidence to students.
“Now that little softly spoken person gets the microphone and finally people are hearing their contribution to the discussion.”
Teacher Kristen King finds the hearing loop especially helpful for smallgroup learning.
Teacher Kristen King with student Lucy Brown, 5, with the new hearing-inclusive equipment at Ludmilla Primary School