Warrnambool Special Development School
The Warrnambool SDSl is a special educational setting presently catering for approximately 127 students (aged between 5 and 18) who have an intellectual disability and have met the eligibility criteria for enrolment. This criteria has been determined by the Department of Education as having an IQ of below 70 as well as significant deficits in adaptive behaviour and displaying a history and evidence of an ongoing problem with the expectation of continuation during the school years.
The school is the only special school in the area and services a 40km radial area from Warrnambool with a population of approximately 35000 residents.
The school provides individualised programs that seek to assist the students to participate to the full extent of their ability in all areas of their lives (school, community and home). This is achieved by parents, teachers, therapists, students and other agencies working cooperatively as a multi-disciplinary team.
Curriculum is relevant to the individual student’s needs and is firmly based on the use of practical, real-life programs, situations and activities that aims to lead towards maximum participation, contribution and access to society.
Students working at the SDS will be required to support the teaching staff in classrooms with student management as well as learning.
Skills You Might Learn
Core skills learned while in this placement will be how to assist to support teachers with the behaviour of children and young people; to assist with the implementation and planning of educational programs; to contribute to the student education in all developmental domains; contribute to the organisation and management of the classroom; support the development of literacy, oral and numeracy skills; support students with additional needs within the classroom.
Typical Tasks & Duties
Working at the SDS will require the student to support the classroom teachers conduct the learning programs across all levels from Prep to year 12.. The students will have learning difficulties or an impairment in their physical, sensory, emotional or intellectual abilities. Some tasks may include - various methods and aids to assist in the education and rehabilitation process; observing students to evaluate and record their progress and to detect signs ofill health or emotional disturbance; work closely with professionals other than the teachers including speech therapists, psycholigists or rrehabilitation officers; promote health and safety concepts and social interaction with iother students; assist studentswith toileting, feeding, and other personal matters.
Students working in this setting need to be dedicatred, patient and tactful. They need to be able to relate easily with children and be able to be flexible and adaptable. The student needs to have an understanding of people with special needs and help to motivate the young people to learn.
Neat and clean casual dress. Students must be prepared to be sun smart and use sunplock, hats and coverup when outside.
Special Transport Requirements
The student needsto organise their own transport too and fromthe placement.
RELATED COURSES INCLUDE
- CHC22015 - Certificate II in Community Services
- CHC30213 - Certificate III in Education Support
- VIC20116 - VCAL Studies