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Aspect Outreach supports the ongoing successful integration of young people in mainstream and supported education settings, in partnership with their parents, school and other professionals.

Our consultants are highly skilled educators who specialise in autism education. Their advice is practical and focused on education environments, including home education, and also relevant to home and community settings.

Our approach is collaborative. We acknowledge that we need to work with or consult with a student on the autism spectrum to understand what is important to them and how to best support them in a school environment. We value the skills, knowledge and experience of both parents and school staff. Our advice and recommendations are informed by both. We also emphasise the importance of consistency of strategies across all environments.

Supports available for individual students

We offer support for individual students to address communication, social interaction, restrictive and repetitive behaviours interests and activities (this includes sensory issues) that impact their learning experience. Some services can be co-facilitated with one of our engagement officers (who are on the spectrum). Students may be engaged directly or indirectly by our consultants through;

Consults are customised to meet the goals of the young person on the spectrum and may include a focus on:

  • Individualised planning (IEP, PLP, IP) with an emphasis on autism-specific areas of learning (communication, social interaction, restrictive and repetitive behaviours interests and activities, including) the development of a student profile. Planning is guided by Positive Behavior Support (PBS) principles and may include a focus on emotional regulation strategies
  • development of a behavior support plan
  • accommodations and adjustments to curriculum
  • supporting transition and inclusion
  • environmental review
  • social supports (individual social supports, playground review and recommendations)

The Outreach consultant conducts an informal functional assessment before facilitating a case conference meeting with the school and parents. The functional assessment is based on one or more of the following: observation, interaction with the young person and reviewing reports (autism diagnostic, therapy, psychology assessment and school report). A written report on the observations and recommendations discussed is provided to parents and the school.

Support provided to families and school aged children and young people who are being educated at home. May include a focus on:

• Individual programming

• Curriculum support

• Environmental review

• Positive behavior support

• Teaching strategies

• Entry/re-entry to school

• Transition to post school options

• Social strategies

Development of a transition plan and individual supports to promote a successful transition for key transition stages such as:

• Transition to school (preparing for Kindergarten)

• Transition to high school

• Entry / re-entry to school

• Post school options

Supportive information about a child’s diagnosis delivered in an interactive family workshop. A disclosure session is focused on introducing the child to their strengths and talents and creating self-awareness. This workshop can be co-facilitated with one of our engagement officers (who is on the spectrum).

Supports for schools

Schools who are keen to build their capacity to support students on the spectrum can access professional development, consultancy, support and resources from us. Some of our programs and supports can be delivered through teleconference and/or video conference.

Consults are customised to meet the goals of the young person on the spectrum and may include a focus on:

  • Individualised planning (IEP, PLP, IP) with an emphasis on autism-specific areas of learning (communication, social interaction, restrictive and repetitive behaviours interests and activities, including) and the development of a student profile. Planning is guided by Positive Behavior Support (PBS) principles and may include a focus on emotional regulation strategies
  • Development of a behavior support plan
  • Accommodations and adjustments to curriculum
  • Supporting transition and inclusion
  • Environmental review
  • Social supports (individual social supports, playground review and recommendations)

The Outreach consultant conducts an informal functional assessment before facilitating a case conference meeting with the school and parents. The functional assessment is based on one or more of the following: observation, interaction with the young person and reviewing reports (autism diagnostic, therapy, psychology assessment and school report). A written report on the observations and recommendations discussed is provided to parents and the school.

Customised to meet the school’s goals and may include a focus on one or more areas involving:

  • Development of individualised plans (IP) with an emphasis on autism-specific areas of learning (communication, social interaction, restrictive and repetitive behaviours interests and activities, including, sensory) and the development of a student profile
  • Transition strategies for students commencing school
  • Positive behaviour support strategies
  • Accommodations and adjustments to curriculum
  • Creating structured learning opportunities
  • Classroom and playground support strategies
  • Professional learning and mentoring

A one hour interactive workshop to educate students in mainstream schools about autism, particularly about the interpersonal relating style they may notice in their peers who are on the spectrum, whether in classrooms, playgrounds or other school and community settings. The program focuses on “the sixth sense”, our intuitive understanding of others, which is a skill that people who are not on the autism spectrum use all the time in interactions with others. Through activities and discussion, students learn that their classmate on the spectrum has limited “sixth sense” abilities, and they come to understand more about what it might be like to have a sixth sense difference. During this session, the student on the spectrum may or may not be identified.

Peer Education is based on Carol Gray’s, ‘The Sixth Sense’ and is customised to suit the age group.

Student workshops can be developed to suit the needs of a selected group of students. Some of the workshop topics delivered in schools include emotional regulation, social skills and transition to high school. An Education Outreach consultant facilitates the workshops in collaboration with relevant school staff.

Referrals

A referral can be made by parent/carer, school or an agency. Although a student’s recent autism diagnostic report informs our consultancy, we do not require a student to have a formal diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder to access our services.

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Educational Outreach Services

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Educational Outreach Application form

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