Thousands of Western Australian school students with learning and attention difficulties will benefit from a three-year project announced today by Education Minister Kay Hallahan.
Mrs Hallahan said the Government had allocated $600,000 for a special education team to work with teachers and parents of children with special learning needs.
The Minister said more than 20,000 students in Government schools suffered from Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and other learning difficulties.
A project team - including two teachers and a psychologist - would be set up at Joondalup District Education Office.
"The project will build on research into the disorder, which was undertaken last year by the State Government," Mrs Hallahan said.
"The emphasis of the three year project will be on teacher training and support to help classroom teachers deal with the special needs of these students," she said.
"Another priority will be to provide information and assistance to parents whose children suffer from ADD or experience other learning difficulties."
Mrs Hallahan said ADD could result in problems with language and motor skills, hyperactivity or overly passive behaviour, organisational and concentration problems, poor social skills and impulsiveness.
"In the past, these problems were often put down to laziness, naughtiness, daydreaming, lack of concentration or mismanagement in the family," she said.
"But it is a physical condition which requires different learning techniques so students can reach their potential."