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26 August 2016

Families to benefit from new autism program in Gosnells

Students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) will have access to specialist learning support from next year.

Executive Director of Statewide Services Lindsay Hale said the first specialised autism program would open at Gosnells Primary School from Term 1 in 2017.

“Parents and students with autism who have complex needs can expect much more seamless support from being diagnosed as a child right through to Year 12,” Mr Hale said.

“The school already has a Child and Parent Centre and excellent links with nearby Southern River College’s program for students with autism which will create a much stronger pathway with access to expert staff.

“The specialised learning program will have teachers and education assistants who have expert training in how to help students with autism to learn and achieve their best.

“Students taking part in the specialised autism program will also spend time in mainstream classrooms so all staff will receive additional training in how to best meet the needs of students with autism.”

Mr Hale said Gosnells Primary School would work with nearby schools to ensure families with eligible students had an opportunity to consider the program.

“Any applications made directly to the school will also be considered,” Mr Hale added.

Work to identify schools for the remaining 15 specialist autism programs is underway.

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