Gosnells Primary School the first to run specialist learning program
16 schools to have autism spectrum disorder programs by 2020
State Government investing $32 million in the programs
Gosnells Primary School will run a new program for students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) from next year.
Education Minister Peter Collier said the school was the first of 16 primary schools announced, with all due to be up and running by 2020.
"This first specialised program at Gosnells is for students who have very complex support needs and it will help them to achieve their best at school," Mr Collier said.
Students will be taught in small groups by specialist teachers for some of the time and in mainstream classes with additional support for the rest of the time.
The program at Gosnells will link with nearby Southern River College's specialised secondary program for students with autism.
"Together with the Child and Parent Centre at Gosnells Primary School, children with autism can now get support locally from before they start school, right through to Year 12," the Minister said.
Work is being done to refurbish some classrooms at Gosnells Primary School to meet student needs, and expert staff are being selected.
"Additional training for staff in how best to teach and meet the needs of students with autism will be done before the program begins," Mr Collier said.
Other schools to be part of the program will be selected in due course.
More than 4,000 students with ASD are enrolled in local public schools
The new ASD programs will focus on students' academic engagement, organisation skills, social thinking, peer relationships and self-regulation
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