26 September 2023

New guides on special needs education

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Students with additional needs are to be able to look forward to better support following the Department of Education’s launch of a series of practical guides for educators.

In a statement, the Department said the new guides would assist staff to help students in mainstream preschools and schools who required adjustments to participate in their learning.

The guides include information on the use of visual timetables and checklists to support organisation for learners with ADHD.

They show how sensory objects can help students with autism stay calm and concentrate, and how to reduce background noise in the classroom as one of the best ways to help students with speech impairment engage in learning

“There are currently 16 practice guides available offering hands-on practical advice on topics such as autism, hearing loss and vision impairment,” the Department said.

“Each guide includes a summary of the topic and detailed information about practical adjustments the educator can make to support children and young people.”

It said the practice guides offered educators hands-on, practical advice to support and extend learning programs for all learners.

“They have been developed by educators, for educators and are designed specifically for the South Australian context,” the statement said.

“More practice guides will be released in the future.”

Members of the Department of Education can access the guide at this PS News link.

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