Waggrakine prides itself on creating an inclusive learning environment for all students. A high number of our students are diagnosed or imputed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. While the majority of our students on the Spectrum work within a mainstream setting each student’s needs are assessed individually and individualised programs are tailored to meet the needs of each child. Regular case conferences assist parents in staying informed of the goals for their child.
Discrete Trial Training
Discrete Trial Training (DTT) is a program where students work one on one with a teacher or education assistant for up to one hour a day, learning specific skills that are broken down into ‘discrete’ components. Our program is currently run by our Autism Specialist Teacher and our Lead Special Needs Education Assistant who have completed training in running DTT. Our children respond well to the one on one session that have constant positive reinforcements and breaks, making it very hands on and active. The child’s Special Needs Education Assistant attends the sessions with the child to assist both the child andtheir own ability to take over the program once the school has new facilities and the program can be expanded. These are arriving in 2019.
What is Autism?
The characteristics of Autism include challenges with social skills, social interaction, speech and non communication and repetitive behaviours among others. Autism is a spectrum, hence no two children or adults on the spectrum have the same level of needs. As such each person on the spectrum will have their own strengths and challenges. Some children on the spectrum may need no academic interventions but may require supports in developing social and emotional communication. Many people on the spectrum grow up to live normal and often highly successful lives and careers. If you have any concerns about your child please talk to your GP.
Waggrakine Support Staff
Waggrakine now has higher numbers of students on the spectrum than the average in WA schools. As a result we have developed a team specifically to address all our our students with a disability or at educational risk. Our SAER Team meets each week to discuss student progress, parent communication, teacher and Education Assistant training and needs and the latest research and courses available to us. The team consists of:
- Principal – Lis Turner
- SAER Deputy – Mandi Ostaszewskyj
- Learning Support Coordinator – Shannan Robinson
- ASD Specialist Teacher – Lauren Read
- Lead SN Education Assistant – Kym Coulthard
Links to support
Today there are many organisations that provide a range of resources, information, training or advise and support to families wanting to learn more. Here are some of the key organisations to go to for more information.
For support on challenging behaviours go to Challenging Behaviour and Autism