Woodvale is an inclusive and proactive school for students with cognitive disabilities including dyslexia, ADHD, autism, hearing impairment, dysgraphia, processing disorders and intellectual disability (amongst others). Students with a range of diagnoses are case managed by our Learning Support Coordinator. Teachers can access expertise on implementing best practice strategies and teacher leaders can model effective adjustments within their contexts. Our College strives for each student to achieve their best.
Over the last few years Woodvale has engaged in a rigorous program of professional development to support our teachers in adapting learning activities to meet the needs of all Woodvale students. A strong focus for our College is differentiation of the curriculum and learning environment to support students with additional needs.
Woodvale does everything it can to support students with disability. Where at all possible, students are provided with an Individual Education Plan that supports teachers to support students across all areas of learning. To do this we require some information:
Students with significant disability, such as Autism, Severe Mental Health Disorders, Intellectual Disability, and some physical disabilities may receive additional support from education assistants in the class room, where additional funding has been provided by Disability Resources and an EA is available.
In addition to IEPs and EA support, students have access to our laptop program and assistive technologies including the Word Q program and C-pens for students with severe issues with reading and/or writing; our 1:1 Reading Support Program for our students who need extra assistance with reading (based on classroom and NAPLAN results); small classes for Essential students in years 8 – 10 for students who need extra academic support in Core subjects; and our new ‘Retreat’ room: a P&C funded space where students experiencing sensory or emotional overwhelm can go to de-escalate before re-engaging with the classroom.
If you think your child may have a cognitive disability, please consult your GP for a referral to a paediatrician.