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 three randomised controlled 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?
What we learnt
Making a difference
This is the first time COMPASS has been adapted and trialled in Australian schools.
Students in our study who participated in COMPASS made more progress on their GAS goals than the control group. Overall, participants were satisfied with the COMPASS process, despite the challenges that came with the 2021 COVID-19 year where most students had a mix of school and home-learning. In order to continue capitalising on the research and school partnership created by this study, we have conducted a work group session to plan how COMPASS will be continued at Aspect in the future.
Dr Abbey Love, Lead Researcher, ARCAP
Dr Ru Ying Cai, ARCAP
Emma Gallagher, Aspect Practice
Vicki Gibbs, ARCAP
Dr Jennifer Stephenson, Macquarie University
Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect)