Supporting Children with Special Needs – The Hub
Children in our school who are in need of learning support receive assistance, primarily, from their class teachers. Students who participate in Tier 3 Intervention Programs may undertake these special programs in their classrooms or at another location within the school. Queries around your child’s participation in any Tier 3 Intervention Program should be made the Support Teachers, Literacy & Numeracy (STLN) who are located in the Hub, the block behind the administration block.
Occasionally the STLN teachers undertake additional assessments or small group learning within the Hub to support students. The STLN teachers will often communicate with parents the outcomes of our Student Services Team meetings where it pertains to their child.
When parents are concerned over their child’s progress, discussion should take place initially with the class teacher. If it is felt that additional support is necessary, the school then accesses appropriate Support Personnel, such as a Guidance Officer, Communication Teacher, Speech Therapist, etc. through the Student Services Team. If you have any concerns about the process, please see your child’s teacher or one of the Deputy Principals.
Special Education Program
Attached to Algester Primary School is a special education program that supports students who have been verified as either: ASD – Autistic Spectrum Disorder; II – Intellectual Impairment; SLI – Speech Language Impairment; HI – Hearing Impairment and PI – Physical Impairment. This class is a notional class and supports students according to the goals set in their IEP’s (Individual Education Plan). Sometimes, this support will take place on an individual or small group basis, at other times the SEC teacher will support the students within their regular classrooms.
Our Special Education Teachers and our Support Teachers Literacy and Numeracy, called “The Hub”, are utilising their joint resources and expertise to offer a continuum of support for those children in need.
Guidance Officer (GO)
The Guidance Officer works with the Administration Team and as part of the Student Services Team. Parents, students and teachers can initiate a referral to the Guidance Officer through the Student Services Team.
The Guidance Officer will work with persons to:
- Identify concerns
- Discover ways to solve the problem
- Determine responsibilities
- Monitor Change
- Develop a picture of how things may change when the problem is solved.
Concerns raised are usually of a behavioural and/or learning nature. Ways to solve issues cover collaborative consultation, problem-solving, counselling and contracting, teaching, referral to out-of-school agencies and assessment.
Speech Language Pathologist
A Speech Language Pathologist provides speech language assessments and programs for children experiencing difficulties in speech language development. Referrals to the Speech Language Pathologist can be made by class teachers through the Student Services Team. Currently the Speech Language Pathologist attends our school two days each week.
English as an Additional Language / Dialect Teacher
Our school provides assistance to students who come from a non-English speaking background and have English as an additional language. On enrolment, the EAL/D Teacher assesses the needs of a student and provides support as necessary for the student. We currently have an EAL/D teacher 2 days per week and a teacher aide working on programs to assist our EAL/D students.
Scripture Union QLD chaplains, or 'chappies', provide spiritual and emotional support to school communities. They are in the prevention and support business: helping students find a better way to deal with issues ranging from family breakdown and loneliness, to drug abuse, depression and anxiety. They provide a listening ear and a caring presence for kids in crisis, and those who just need a friend. They also provide support for staff and parents in school communities.
School chaplains are unique:
- They are a support conduit – connecting students (and school staff) to specialist services in the community such as welfare groups, counselling services, medical services and community groups in consultation with School Principals.
- They build relationships with students (and staff). They are a trusted adult in the playground and in the classroom – offering a listening ear to students who want to share their problems and experiences.
- Their role is to contribute to the spiritual and emotional wellbeing of the school community.
- They are seen by students as an adult who is not a part of the school’s authority structure.
Scripture Union is the employing authority for the school chaplain and they have information about school chaplaincy programs on their website.