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					SPECIAL EDUCATION
                                                                          The Association of Independent Schools                  Term 1, 2002




CONTENTS


   Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2



   AIS Services for Students with Special Needs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2



   Funding for 2002 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3




   Support Group Meetings for Term 1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5




   Information Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6




   Resources / Reviews . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7




   Websites . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8




   Professional Development . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
Journal Junction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
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INTRODUCTION
Welcome to the first Special Education Newsletter for         We have had a minor format change in this edition.
2002. We hope you will find useful information in this        Instead of the usual journal article, there is reference to
newsletter. We welcome suggestions of additional              a website containing several articles on inclusion. These
material you would like to see included.                      provide general information as well as some useful
                                                              practical suggestions.
Please note the services we can provide to assist you
with students with special needs (see below for details).     Also referenced in this edition are a couple of websites
                                                              that offer masses of free, printable material for use in
There are some funding applications due this term.            the classroom. Please let us know of any useful
These are detailed on page 3. The application forms will      websites you have come across.
be available online from mid Februay. The closing date
is the end of March.                                          Have a great year!




AIS SERVICES FOR STUDENTS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS
AIS consultants can provide a variety of services for         Contacts
schools with students with special needs. These include:      < Robyn Yates         -   Commonwealth Funding
                                                                                        ryates@aisnsw.edu.au
•   general information;                                      < Cecilia Waites      -   Course Administrator
•   information about funding;                                                          courses@aisnsw.edu.au
•   educationally-relevant assessment;                        < Pam Bagshaw         -   School Consultancy
•   devising programs;                                                                  Administrator
•   suggesting appropriate strategies;                                                  pbagshaw@aisnsw.edu.au
    assistance with behaviour management;                     < Louise Bailey       -   Consultant
•
                                                                                        lbailey@aisnsw.edu.au
•   transition planning;
                                                              < Sue Bracey          -   Consultant
•   professional development;
                                                                                        sbracey@aisnsw.edu.au
•   staff meetings;                                           < Janita Marscham -       Consultant
•   parent meetings.                                                                    jmarscham@aisnsw.edu.au

These services are provided free of charge for                Phone:     (02) 9299-2845
schools with students with identified disabilities            Fax:       (02) 9290-2274
and on a cost recovery basis for other students.



                                     The following ideas, articles and information do
                                     not necessarily reflect the viewpoints, or carry
                                     the endorsement of AIS.

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FUNDING FOR 2002
Commonwealth funding is available to schools for               Special Education Capital
students with disabilities. This term schools will receive
applications for the following grants:                         Grants are available to assist with capital facilities
                                                               (minor and major) and equipment integral to the
Late Integration Funding                                       provision of educational services for students with
                                                               disabilities such that will improve their access,
Integration funding provides supplementary funding for         participation and achievement.
students with identified disabilities. This funding may be
used to contribute to the provision of teachers, teachers’     Special Schools Integration
assistants, equipment and curriculum material.
                                                               Funding is available to assist students in special schools
Late integration funding is available for students with        make the transition to mainstream settings.
disabilities not applied for in October, 2001; that is
students who enrolled after this date or students who          If you require further clarification or information, please
have been newly identified as having a disability.             contact either:

Supporting documentation must accompany applications           Wendy Godden
for integration funding. This documentation must:              Phone: 9299 2845
                                                               Email: wgodden@aisnsw.edu.au or
a)   be current;
b)   be written and signed by the appropriate                  Robyn Yates
     specialist; and                                           Phone: 9299 2845
c)   include the specific details required.                    Email: ryates@aisnsw.edu.au

Please refer to the following table. (Note that there          CLOSING DATE FOR                       ALL THESE
have been some changes to the requirements).                   APPLICATIONS WILL BE                  THE END OF
                                                               MARCH 2002




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                                       Integration Documentation




   Functional                Report from one                                         Specific Details
   Disability                of the following

A Intellectual    School Counsellor, or Guidance Officer,        a. Numerical IQ score, or Range* obtained on an
                  or Educational Psychologist                       individually administered IQ test (below 75IQ).
                                                                 b. Assessment of adaptive skills
                                                           and
                  School Staff                                   Students achievements against curriculum

B Mobility        Physiotherapist, or Occupational               Level of independence and mobility in a school setting
                  Therapist, or Medical Specialist, or
                  Mobility Specialist

C Self Help       Therapists, or Medical Specialist              Level of independence in eating, drinking and toileting

D Visual          Orthoptist, or Optometrist, or                 a. Visual acuities and field
                  Ophthalmologist                                b. Permanent loss of 6/24 or less vision in the better eye
                                                                    or less than 20 degrees field of vision.

E Auditory        Audiologist                                    a. Decibels of hearing
                                                                 b. Sensori-neural or permanent conductive loss of 30
                                                                    decibels or more.

F Emotional       Psychiatrist, or Clinical Psychologist         a. Diagnosis
                                                                 b. Description of severity of inappropriate behaviour
                                                                    including where and how often it occurs.
                                                                 c. Documented evidence of on-going individual
                                                                    intervention by a mental health practitioner or school
                                                                    counsellor.
                                                           and
                  School Staff                                   Description of impact on the student’s education and a
                                                                 list of strategies to address the student’s needs at
                                                                 school.

G Communication   Speech Therapist (oral communication),         Standardised expressive/ receptive language test
                  or                                             results, e.g. CELF, or assessment of augmentative
                                                                 communication system.

                  Occupational Therapist (written                Details of written communication needs.
                  communication).




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                            MEETINGS FOR TERM 1

    TOPIC:   Composing and Using                           TOPICS:     1. Disability Discrimination Act
             Social Stories                                            2. Privacy

    Date:    Friday 22nd February                          Date:       Tuesday 19th February

    Time:    1.00pm                                        Time:       1.00pm

    Venue:   Tyndale Christian School                      Venue:      Meriden School
             58 Douglas Road                                           20 Margaret Street
             Blacktown                                                 Strathfield

    RSVP:    Julie Nixon                                   RSVP:       Anne-Maree Houston
             Phone: 9621 2111                                          Phone: 9752 9474
                                                                       Fax:   9746 1869

                                                           Cost:       $7.00 per person


    OPEN     Withdrawal vs In-Class Support
    FORUM:   Models
             To Repeat or Not to Repeat a
             Grade

    Date:    Wednesday 27th February

    Time:    1.00pm

    Venue:   Rooms 12 & 13                                     C    Please ensure you RSVP for
             Knox Grammar School                                    catering purposes.
             Pacific Highway
             Wahroonga                                         C    Due to GST implications, please
                                                                    tender cash (no cheques).
    RSVP:    Julie Evans
             Phone: 9487 0441                                       You will be issued with a receipt
             Fax:     9487 0199                                     which you can then use to either
                                                                    claim from the school or on your
                                                                    personal tax.




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INFORMATION SERVICES
Associations                                                  Web Sites

AASE Inc.                                                     Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission
(Australian Association of Special Education)                 The Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission
PO Box 226                                                    web site has a section dealing with disability rights.
Bomaderry NSW 2541                                            http://www.hreoc.gov.au

This association advocates for the provision of quality
education for students with special education needs. It       Department of Ageing, Disability and Home Care
provides professional development activities at national,     Includes information about services for people with
state and local branch levels.                                disabilities and their families.
                                                              www.dadhc.nsw.gov.au
National website: http://www.aase.edu.au
NSW website: http://www.aasensw.asn.au
                                                              Centrelink
                                                              www.centrelink.gov.au
Autism Association of NSW
PO Box 361
Forestville NSW 2087                                          Learning Links
Phone: 9452 5088                                              Has assessment services, as well as classes for school
Fax: 9451 3447                                                age students with learning difficulties
                                                              www.lacld.asn.au
This association provides services for people with
autism. It also offers a wide range of training for
parents and professionals.                                    ACER: Australian Council for Educational
www.autismnsw.com.au                                          Research
                                                              Includes resources for students with special needs
                                                              www.acer.edu.au
Down Syndrome Association of NSW
31 O’Connell Street
Parramatta NSW 2150
Phone: 9683 4333
Fax: 9683 4020

This association represents the interests of people with
Down Syndrome. The website has a section providing
information to teachers.
www.hartingdale.com.au/dsansw




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RESOURCES / REVIEWS


The Foundations of Inclusive Education: A                    Although the author draws extensively on developmental
Compendium of Articles on Effective Strategies to            and cognitive psychology research, his aim in writing the
Achieve Inclusive Education                                  book is to make such information easily accessible to
Fisher, D., Ryndale, D. (Eds).                               practitioners. To this end he has produced a book which
                                                             is jargon-free, straightforward and contains a wealth of
This book provides a selection of current research on        prac tical strategies for all those involved in the teaching
inc lusive education for students with more significant      of reading.
disabilities.
                                                             Some difficulties in learning to read are identified and
The book covers both the conceptual underpinnings of         explained and interventions to prevent or overcome
inclusion as well as strategies which have proven            these difficulties are described. Practical suggestions
effective in achieving inclusion in the classroom.           and recommendations are made for the assessment of
                                                             reading and some basic assessment materials are
The book includes articles by leading researchers in         provided in the appendices:
inclusive education - articles by Dianne Ferguson,
Dough Fisher, Michael Giangreco, Lori Goetz, Pam             Content includes:
Hunt, Rachel Janney, Craig Kennedy, Ian Pumpian,
Diane Ryndak, Roberta Schnorr, Marti Snell, Steve            •   the reading process and the skills involved
Taylor and others.                                           •   teaching methods and specific strategies
                                                             •   a balanced approach to instruction
Information on how to order is available on the TASH         •   learning difficulties in reading
website: www.tash.org/publications.                          •   assessment, intervention and support
                                                             •   appendices - brief assessment items
                                                             •   an extensive reference list
Reading and Learning Difficulties: Approaches to
Teaching and Assessment                                      Available from:
Westwood, P. (2001)
                                                             ACER
The central theme of this book is that a balanced            347 Camberwell Road
approach to teaching reading, which combines the             Camberwell Vic 3124
structured and explicit teaching of critical knowledge       Phone: (03) 9835 7447
and skills with the best features of the whole language      Fax: (03) 9835 7499
approach, is the most effective way to teach reading to      Website: www.acerpress.com.au
a wide range of students.

Westwood offers a variety of research-based teaching
approaches while drawing heavily on his extensive
experiences in education over forty years and his
understanding of how children learn to read.


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WEBSITES
Here are a couple of websites with free materials which       Also available on CD Rom.
can be downloaded and used with your students:
                                                              www.abcteach.com
www.crosswinds.net/~rozalski/WorksheetsUnlimited.
html                                                          A quality site offering free printable activities and
                                                              lessons for kids, parents and teachers. It includes theme
A super website whic h is being constantly updated, full      units, reading, maths, writing worksheets, word puzzles,
of printable ‘supplementary’ worksheets starting from         colouring pages, shape books, etc. It is updated
the basics in literacy and numeracy plus a few extras.        frequently.
Easy to access and can be printed in colour if desired.
Well worth a look. This site is being re-entered after        Details of some of the materials are as follows:
crashing, but currently includes:
                                                              • Basics: reading, maths, writing, handwriting, colours,
• Lesson samples and support material for ‘100 Easy             shapes
  Lessons’ by Seigfried Engelmann, Phyllis Haddox and         • Research/Reports: report and research forms
  Elaine Bruner                                               • Teaching Extras: awards, certificates, labels, signs,
• Dolch Sight Words                                             assignment sheets
• 110 Phonics Worksheets                                      • Games/Puzzles: crossw ords, word searches, number
• Chore Cards (e.g. making a bed)                               puzzles, online games
• Charts (daily/weekly lesson plans, To Do list, blank        • Portfolios: covers, forms, self-assessments
  multiplication grid, home/school diary, reading record      • Fun Activities: colouring pages, dot to dots, mazes
  and story paper).                                           • Shape Books: animals, holidays, nature, sports.
• Certificates and Merit Cards (coupons)
• Number Concepts (matching numerals to objects)
  etc.
• Reading Readiness
• Patterns (What comes next?)
• Rhyming (matching pictures)
• Handwriting (five fonts)




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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
             WRAP-AROUND-KIDS                                                   DISABILITY & DIVERSITY:
                                                                                     Successful Living
 The WRAP-AROUND-KIDS program provides school
 support for students with medical conditions that                   The seventh Hippocrates and Socrates Conference
 impact on academic outcomes.                                        presented by CHERI; co-sponsored by CDDS.

 Date:        1st March 2002                                         Keynote Speaker:
                                                                                  Professor Barry Carpenter, OBE
 Venue:       University of Technology - Sydney                                   Sunfield School, U.K.
              Eton Road
              Lindfield                                              Dates:         15th & 16th March, 2002

 Cost:        $150 for principals and no charge for                  Venue:         Westmead Hospital
              one additional staff member.                                          Darcy Road
                                                                                    Westmead
 Contact:     Jude Foster
              Fostering Partnerships Pty Ltd                         Cost:          One day $152
              PO Box 803                                                            Two days $266
              Coffs Harbour 2450
              Phone: 6651 4051                                       Contact:       Leslee Edwards
              Fax: 6651 4056                                                        Phone: 9845 3017
              Websites: www.wraparoundkids.com                                      Fax: 9845 3082
              www.fostering-partnerships.com                                        Email: LesleeE@chw.edu.au




                      TERMS
    Teaching Early Reading More Successfully

The TERMS course is for teachers of students in the
important early years of schooling (K-2).

The course outlines effective, research-based
strategies, identifies critical components of an early
reading program and presents a sequence of
instruction that has been shown to significantly boost
the performance of beginning readers as well as reduce
the incidence of later reading failure.

Although the course is designed for implementation in
K-2 classrooms, the scope and sequence of skills and
many of the suggested strategies are applicable to
older students experiencing difficulties in learning to
read.

Contact:          Sue Stacey, AIS
                  Phone: (02) 9299 2845
                  Email: sstacey@aisnsw.edu.au



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Advance Notice:

Workshops for Far North Coast Schools                          Intended Sites:

As a result of the Therapy Review, a proposal has been         •    Ballina - Southern Cross School
put forward to contract the Independent Living Centre          •    Mullumbimby - site yet to be confirmed
(Qld) to present three individual 3 hour workshops             •    Lismore - site yet to be confirmed
demonstrating the latest technology and equipment
available for students with special needs.                     At each site a two hour seminar in both the morning and
                                                               afternoon will be delivered with a one hour hands-on
                                                               exploration of equipment following each seminar.
Intended Outcomes:

1.   To enable teachers, parents and children to access        Proposed Dates:
     specialists and specialised equipment so they can
     become better informed about technology and               29th April 2002 - 1st May 2002
     equipment options.
                                                               Where possible, the workshops will be held on pupil-free
2.   To provide an opportunity for collaborative problem       days at large centralised schools so that teachers from
     solving between teachers, therapists and families.        as many schools as possible will be able to attend.

3.   To enable some children to trial specialised              If/when approved this initiative will provide a wonderful
     equipment.                                                opportunity to gain information from specialists who are
                                                               frequently very hard to access in rural areas.
4.   To minimize travelling by providing training in local
     communities.                                              Fliers will be sent to school on the Far North Coast as
                                                               soon as arrangements are confirmed.
While some children will benefit directly be being
involved in the demonstration, there is potential for all
children with special needs to benefit from parents and
professions being better informed.




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JOURNAL JUNCTION
Rather than having a journal article in this edition, it was
decided to list a series of articles on inclusion.               Decision-Making


These articles were prepared by The Renaissance                  •    Four Step Approach for Team Decision-Making
Group - a consortium of 23 colleges and universities in               (Sample factors and questions for each of the
the United States, committed to effective teacher                     following dimensions: physical, instructional, social-
preparation.                                                          behavioural, collaborative).


The articles can be found on the following website:              •    Decisions when Adapting General Education
www.uni.edu/coe/inclusion                                             (Curriculum elements and questions to ask in
                                                                      respect to necessary adaptations for individual
Details of these articles follow:                                     children).


INCLUSION                                                        •    Team Planning Steps for an Inclusive Education
                                                                      Program
Philosophy
                                                                 •    A Curricular     Adaptation and Decision-Making
•    Philosophy of Inclusive Education                                Process

•    Benefits of Inclusive Classrooms for All                    Teaching Strategies
     (Children with special needs, children in mainstream
     classes, teachers and society)                              •    Content/Behaviour Strategies

Preparing for Inclusion                                          •    What Does an Inclusive Classroom Look Like?

•    Preparing Students/Teachers/Schools/Parents for             •    Nine Types of Adaptations
     Inclusion                                                        (Size, time, level of support, input, difficulty, output,
                                                                      participation, alternate outcomes, substitute
•    Involving Everyone in an Inclusive Classroom                     curriculum).

•    Helping Parents Deal with Inclusion                         •    How to Generate Learning Supports
                                                                      (How to assess and modify games)
•    Administrators’ Role in Inclusive Schools
                                                                 •    Adaptations of Common Board/Card Games -
•    Inclusion Models for a Building Level (Schools)                  Snakes and Ladders, Tic-Tac-Toe (Noughts and
                                                                      Crosses), UNO
                                                                      (Assessment checklists and ways to address areas
                                                                      of difficulty).

                                                                 Resources

                                                                 Books, Internet sites, Organisations

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