What is a Satellite class
A satellite class is an Aspect autism-specific class operated by an Aspect school and located in a host school, mainstream school. As at July 2021, there are 113 satellite classes operating within NSW Department of Education and Catholic primary and secondary schools.
Aim of a satellite class
The aim of the program is to facilitate the transition of students with ASD into more inclusive educational settings.
Features of the Aspect Satellite Class
- Carefully planned establishment of small classes with high levels of student support, staff training and professional support.
- Integration of satellite class teachers into the host school community, participating in staff meetings, whole school events and sharing information and expertise.
- Adaptive approaches (facilitative learning environments, structure, routine, systematic teaching, emphasis on learning strengths, use of learning supports, and a positive approach to behaviour support).
- Teaching in small groups with a focus on developing social, communication and coping skills and a gradual reduction in individualized support.
- A structured, collaborative approach to integration and supported mainstreaming, with teamwork between special educators, school executive, and general education teachers.
- Integrated activities provide opportunity for peer interaction, role modeling, development of social skills, and evaluation of student needs.
- Specialized intervention, including individualized planning using curriculum that focuses on the Aspect Comprehensive Approach to Education.
- Preparation for future transition, including involvement in the integrated activities in the host school.
- Carefully planned transitions from satellite classes into new settings with follow up support.
- Collaborative consultation between Aspect, host school staff, students and parents.