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COMPASS is a collaborative model in which families, teachers, students and consultants work together to develop personalised learning objectives and evidence-based teaching plans to help individuals on the autism spectrum achieve optimal outcomes.

COMPASS is widely used in the USA and has been tested successfully in two randomised control trials.

How can we adapt COMPASS to suit Australian schools? What is the impact of COMPASS on teacher practice and outcomes for students on the autism spectrum at Australian schools?

The research

School coordinators, families and teachers from Aspect schools will provide information about the use of COMPASS through:

  • Reports using rating scales
  • Questionnaires
  • Direct observation from the research team.

In addition, a group of participants will give feedback on what Aspect is already doing, so that we can evaluate Aspect’s current IP process while trialling COMPASS.

Making a difference

This is the first time COMPASS will be adapted and trialled in Australian schools. The study will provide new information about the impact of COMPASS on teaching practices and outcomes of Autistic students in Australian schools.

Research team

Dr Abbey Love, Lead Researcher, ARCAP

Dr Ru Ying Cai, ARCAP

Vicki Gibbs, ARCAP

Dr Jennifer Stephenson, Macquarie University





Research Partner

Macquarie University


Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect)