New specialist autism program to start in 2020 at Baldivis Secondary College

 Baldivis MP Reece Whitby with Baldivis Secondary College Associate Principal, Alison Parolo at Parliament House.
Baldivis MP Reece Whitby with Baldivis Secondary College Associate Principal, Alison Parolo at Parliament House.

BALDIVIS Secondary College will link with Cooloongup Primary to provide a specialist autism program that will provide seamless care for students from kindy through to high school.

The news was well received by Baldivis Secondary College associate principal Alison Parolo, whose school is one of seven additional schools across Perth that will offer the programs.

She was joined by Baldivis MLA Reece Whitby at Parliament House yesterday to hear program specifics from Education Minister Sue Ellery.

“Baldivis Secondary College has a strong reputation of delivering excellent teaching programs and support services,” Mr Whitby said.

“The school already has a reasonably large cohort of students on the autism spectrum and has a track record of delivering excellent support for these students.

“The new specialist autism program will contribute to local students’ sense of belonging and overall wellbeing in a mainstream public school.

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

The program provides specialist and intensive support to autistic kids who have the intellectual capacity to learn the mainstream curriculum but have specific emotional and developmental needs.

Cooloongup Primary School will deliver the program from 2019, with Baldivis Secondary College offering the program from 2020.