Autism Spectrum Australia

Educational Outreach

Highly skilled professionals who are experts in the field of autism education deliver Aspect Educational Outreach services.

Aspect employs highly skilled professionals who are experts in the field of autism education to deliver Aspect Educational Outreach services.

Aspect Educational Outreach supports the ongoing successful integration of young people in mainstream schools in partnership with their parents, schools and other professionals. Based on the Aspect Comprehensive Approach for Education, Aspect Educational Outreach’s practical approach emphasises the importance of positive behaviour support and the development of learning, communication, social, and independent living skills.

The Aspect Comprehensive Approach for Education includes a specialised curriculum and a focus on skills training informed by individual assessment and planning. It recognises the importance of positive behaviour support through environmental supports, structured learning and transition planning, multidisciplinary expertise, family involvement and professional development for staff.

Ongoing Aspect Educational Outreach consultations are available to children who have autism and who are enrolled in inclusive/mainstream educational settings across NSW and the ACT.

Aspect Educational Outreach also offers collaborative consultancy support for students enrolled in Support Classes and in Schools for Special Purposes.

Aspect Educational Outreach offers:

These collaborative specialist autism intervention services are provided on a subsidised fee-for-service basis, depending on regional availability.

Interested in home education? Aspect is looking for your help so we can deliver the most useful support to home-educated children with autism and their families.

To view and register for available workshops, please visit the Events Page

Looking for more information?

Click here to download our further details about our services.

For all enquiries about Aspect Educational Outreach please call:

1800 ASPECT (277 328)

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School Consultancy

Informal functional assessment based on observation and/or interaction with the student, reports provided to Educational Outreach (e.g. autism diagnostic report, IQ assessment, school reports, etc.) and communications with parents/carer and school. A collaborative case conference meeting is then held with parents/carers and representatives of the school to identify and prioritise issues and concerns. autism specific strategies to address issues and concerns are recommended and discussed at the meeting. A detailed written report is provided.

Initial Consult: Informal functional assessment, one hour case conference and provision of autism specific educational strategies report, materials pack, individual  strategies for the student (sensory, social, communication, academic, behavioural).

Review Consult: A follow-up visit based on the initial consult to review strategies and monitor student’s progress. This includes a brief observation, case conference and written report.

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Group Social Skills Programs (for groups of between 6 and 12 children)

Social Skills programs address a wide range of developmentally appropriate social topics, such as "Conversation Skills", "Playground Skills", "Sharing and Turn Taking", "Asking for Help", "Managing Feelings", "Dealing with Teasing and Bullying" "Learning More About Me" (Diagnosis Disclosure) and "Relaxation Techniques". Groups are carefully organised and matched for age and ability and usually comprise between 6 and 12 participants. A program generally runs for 6 to 8 weeks. Children with a diagnosis of High Functioning Autism or Asperger’s Syndrome would benefit most from these programs.

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Diagnosis Disclosure Programs

"Learning More About Me" provides children/teens with autism with supportive information about their diagnosis in an interactive family workshop. Suitable for children in Year 5 to Year 12.

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Peer Education Programs

Carol Gray’s "The Sixth Sense" introduces mainstream peers to social differences in HFA/Asperger’s Syndrome in a one hour interactive workshop. "Let’s Learn More About ASD" provides a more general one hour interactive overview of autism for mainstream students. Both programs are suitable for Year 5 to Year 12.

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Student Workshops

Half-day workshops focused on specific social skills topics. Workshops are conducted using different age-appropriate formats. Every participant is provided with an information sheet which can be used to contribute to their individualised plans (IEP/ILP) at school. Minimum of six students per workshop.

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School based, in-service professional development for teachers

School in-service may either provide general content, including an overview of autism and a range of practical support strategies, or may be more tailored to address the specific needs of student/s with autism enrolled at the school.

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Professional Learning and Development Courses

The content and duration of these courses may be negotiated to meet the specific learning needs of schools, parent/carer groups or other agencies.

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Social Clubs

For children and adolescents aged 8 to 18 years old with autism.

The Social Clubs Program aims to provide participants with regular opportunities to meet and make new friends and to interact in structured but relaxed, stimulating and fun recreational environments.

Various clubs in Metropolitan Sydney and regional NSW are currently available.  Activities are held after school hours during school terms.  Some school holiday activities may be available.

To find out if a social club is available in your area, please download our flyer.

Registration to the Social Clubs Program will allow members to participate in any or all activities of all Social Clubs.  There is no registration fee.  However, there is a cost to participate in the activities.

To register, download the registration form and send the completed registration form and a copy of child’s autism diagnostic report to:

Social Clubs PO Box 777 Seven Hills NSW or fax to 9896 5266.

The Social Clubs program is a service provided by the Educational Outreach unit of Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect).   Aspect gratefully acknowledges the Peer Support Network funding from Ageing, Disability and Homecare (ADHC) for the establishment of the Social Clubs.

“Aspect Social Clubs Program provides opportunities for children and adolescents to be themselves, to be accepted and make real friends.”

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Can't find what you are looking for? Download our flyer, view our application form or contact Aspect customer service on:

1800 277 328 or (02) 8977 8377

or email us at:

customerservice@autismspectrum.org.au

 

Educational Outreach