Coodanup College to provide specialist autism program in 2020

Mandurah MLA David Templeman at Coodanup College.
Mandurah MLA David Templeman at Coodanup College.

COODANUP College is among 16 schools to offer specialist learning programs for students with autism spectrum disorder.

The program provides specialist and intensive support to students with autism while learning the mainstream curriculum.

Coodanup College will start offering the specialist learning program from 2020, providing support for families in the Mandurah area.

The program at Coodanup will link with North Mandurah Primary School to ensure students can access a kindergarten to year 12 program if required.

The programs provides support to students with autism who have the intellectual capacity to learn the mainstream curriculum but who have specific social and emotional development needs.

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A total $32 million is being invested in the programs that will be rolled out between now and 2020.

Mandurah MLA David Templeman said Coodanup College had a strong reputation for delivering excellent teaching programs and support services.

“The new program will contribute to local students’ sense of belonging and overall wellbeing in a mainstream public primary school,’’ he said.

“In other schools, these programs are already reporting high attendance rates and positive feedback from parents, particularly regarding a reduction in their child’s level of anxiety and increases in their verbal communication.”