July 27, 2016

New Autism Programmes For WA Public School Children 

Education Minister Peter Collier is to unveil a $32 million programme for children with the most complex needs.

 Perth Now reports that the move comes following a huge increase in the number of children with autism in WA public schools which has prompted the State Government to invest in specialist programs at 16 mainstream schools.

In the past seven years, the number of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in state schools has soared 182 per cent to 4512 students this year.

The package includes small separate classes for students with autism taught by specialist teachers will be set up at eight primary and eight secondary schools.

The standard curriculum will be taught but lessons will be tailored to each child’s learning style with a focus on social and organisational skills, peer relationships and self-regulation.

Support for staff managing pupils with complex needs