SPECIALISED LEARNING PROGRAM

As of 2018, Heathridge Primary School became one of the public schools to host the Specialised Learning Program (SLP) for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder. The SLP is a program for up to 25 students from Kindergarten to Year 6 with Autism who do not have the competencies at the point of enrolment to participate successfully full-time in mainstream classrooms.


The program targets age appropriate academic engagement and achievement while supporting the students’ communication, organisational skills, socialisation and self-regulation. Evidence-based approaches including Positive Behaviour Support, Discrete Trial Training, Direct Instruction, facilitated play, visual supports, schedules, explicit instruction, Zones of Regulation, Protective Behaviours, incidental teaching and modelling underpin the behaviourist approach adopted in the program to support the students’ development. Each student’s individual program is based on their unique profile, strengths, needs and goals, and encourage the development of social and communication skills.


Students spend some of their time in their ‘homeroom’ class undertaking specialist support and some of their time in mainstream classes. At Heathridge Primary School we have three multi-aged homerooms:

Room 7 – Kindergarten and Pre-Primary

Room 5 – Year 1 and 2

Room 13 – Year 3 to 5

 

MEET THE TEAM

The SLP is managed in collaboration with the Principal, Denise Jeffs, and the Program Coordinator, Charmaine Dimanuel.


The Kindergarten and Pre-Primary class is made up of one specialised teacher, Kelly Parr, and four full time education assistants; a role shared by Candice McFarlane, Christina Sturgess, Janine Cain, Michelle Ricketts, Charlotte Mooney and Carla Fisher. We’re even lucky enough to have Tanya Sullivan and Monique Evans visit to offer extra support! The Kindergarten/Pre-Primary homeroom uses intensive teaching strategies to facilitate the learning outcomes so that the students have greater skills for mainstream participation and independence. Kindergarten students attend the program full time which is every Tuesday and Thursday, and every second Monday – full days. Pre-Primary students attend the program with gradual transition into the mainstream Pre-Primary class. Our mainstream Pre-Primary teacher is Nikki Adams.


 

The Year 1/2 class is made up of one specialised teacher, Bronwyn May, and two full time education assistants, Frances Rieusset and Penelope Smith. The Year 1/2 homeroom uses explicit teaching strategies and hands-on activities to engage students and teach academic skills, and provide opportunities to support the development of skills such as communication self-regulation, peer interaction and organisational skills. Students in Year 1 and 2 may spend part of each week in mainstream classrooms. Our Year 1 mainstream teachers are Natalie Hunter-Smith and Marianne Carney, and our Year 2 teacher is Anna Redknap.


The Year 3 – 5 class is made up of one specialised teacher, Maribel Ward, and three education assistants; Monique Evans, Paulette Barratt-Ngamoki and Eve Higginson. The Year 3-5 homeroom uses explicit teaching strategies to engage students and teach academic skills, and provide opportunities to support the development of skills such as communication self-regulation, peer interaction and executive functioning skills. Students in Years 3 – 5 may spend part of each week in mainstream classrooms. The Year 3 mainstream teacher is Brooke Marrs, the Year 4/5 mainstream teacher is Kara Metcalf and the Year 5/6 mainstream teacher is Erica Zis.

 

Other specialist teachers who take students in the SLP for a range of subjects such as Art and Phys-Ed are Timothy Etheridge, Faye Revill, Rebecca McInnes and Ichina Parker. All staff are trained in Applied Behaviour Analysis, Positive Behaviour Support, Functional Behaviour Analysis and Team Teach to ensure students reach their full potential.


 

HOW DO I APPLY?

For more information regarding eligibility, please click on the following links:


http://det.wa.edu.au/studentsupport/detcms/navigation/disability-services-and-support/programs-and-initiatives/

 

Department Flyer

 

Specialised Learning Program Fact Sheet

 

If you would like more information or would like an Expression of Interest Form sent to you, please contact the Program Coordinator, Charmaine Dimanuel, on 9401 8088 or Heathridge.ps@education.wa.edu.au.