At Durack State School we run an inclusive Special Education Program which provides students with a disability the opportunities to work in classrooms with their age peers. Our SEP caters for students including those who have been verified (or are awaiting verification) in the following disability categories: Intellectual Disability (ID), Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Speech Language Impairment (SLI), Hearing impairment (HI), Physical Impairment (PI) and Vision Impairment (VI). The class teachers and special education staff work closely together to adjust the curriculum thereby enabling each student to actively engage in their learning. This may be done by:
- modifying the language demand
- adjusting the curriculum content and delivery
- reducing the length of the expected task, or by
- supplying visual or concrete aids throughout the school day.
Small groups or one-to-one support is also provided from teacher aides and special education teachers and case managers.
The SEP offers students an extended range of options which include fine and gross motor programs, a cooking program, community access and social skills program within the school community. Our programs and their delivery are flexible and tailored to meet the needs of each individual student, thereby aiming to maximise learning and participation for each child.
Socially, a 'Friendship Club' is run each long lunch break for students who find break times difficult to contend with or require a guided approach to social situations. Students are able to build friendships and develop social skills in a safe and supported environment, where they have the option of playing with board games, lego, doll houses/garage, dress ups and other activities .