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Student services and support programs

Collingwood Park State School has two fulltime Special Education teachers: Karen Mackellar and Grace Herrera who are supported by teacher aides in the classrooms.

Teamwork and communication are key elements within the SEP. Our aim is to try to leave a positive constructive footprint where we have been. An essential element of team work is supporting each other and the students.

We support students who have been verified with:

  • Intellectual Impairment

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (Pervasive Developmental Disorder, Aspergers)

  • Speech Language Impairment

With support from Advisory Visiting Teachers we also support students who are diagnosed with:

  • Hearing Impairment

  • Physical Impairment

This support includes reviewing an Individual Education Plan twice a year for each student with the class teacher/s, parents/carers and other stake holders (Speech language pathologist, physiotherapist, occupational therapist). Goals are set which reflect the students’ needs academically, emotionally and socially.

Support may also include

  • working with small groups
  • working with individual students in class
  • resource provision and modification
  • withdrawal of student/s to do individual and small group work where appropriate

Our role also involves:

  • Consulting and assisting class teachers in planning units and programs to meet the needs of all students.

  • Consulting and assisting class teachers in modifying class resources to meet identified needs.

  • Assisting with modifications to assessment items to allow greater student access, whilst maintaining assessment integrity.

  • Developing Behaviour Management Plans with a particular focus on development of a positive climate which contributes to pro-active behaviour management, such as, being organized, being on time, completing work.

  • Supporting each team member in behaviour management within classes and playground

Specific programs are provided to support functional literacy, numeracy and social skills.

This support is provided in a variety of ways which include:

  • Life skills program (cooking a variety of healthy snacks and meals)

  • Social Skills program which addresses individual needs.