Northern School for Autism strives to be a centre of excellence.
Students are supported towards developing their personal and educational potential, so as to be valued contributors to family and community life.
"Learning for Life"
The school is divided into sub-schools according to the stages of schooling (age approximate)
Class Group Organisation
Class-groups generally comprise eight to ten students of similar chronological age. Students are grouped according to developmental and educational need. Teachers and teacher aides work in partnership, to support students. Teachers are responsible for the development, delivery and evaluation of all classroom activities. Teachers and teacher aides work in teams of two or three in each classroom, and are supported by speech and occupational therapists, specialist teachers and a team of leading teachers.
To support the implementation of the educational programs the school provides a range of specialist services including speech pathology, occupational therapy and access to student wellbeing staff. Through a team based collaborative approach, therapy provision is provided within classroom settings. Teachers and therapists work as a trans-disciplinary team to ensure that students have access to consistent and effective therapeutic programs.
The school is committed to the implementation of best practice in teaching and learning for students with ASD. The community of NSA believes that to succeed in the world, students need to develop the capacity to:
Northern School for Autism implements a structured teaching approach that is informed by current research and evidence based practice (TEACCH ™). The educational programs build on students’ strengths and skills, within a supportive environment, that accommodates the particular impairments associated with ASD in particular:
Northern School for Autism provides: