Autism Queensland School
Autism Queensland has been providing specialist education for children with autism for over 50 years. We support our students with an individualised program, effective inter-disciplinary team, and collaboration with their families and other school settings, in order that they develop skills to participate to their fullest extent in their home, school and local community.
Autism Queensland School is an accredited, independent school providing specialist education and therapy programs for students with a diagnosis of ASD aged five years (Prep) to 18 years. The school currently comprises two Education and Therapy Centres located in Brisbane at Brighton and Sunnybank Hills with plans for an additional campus at Edmonton in Cairns* operating from the start of the 2019 school year for children in Prep-Year 2. *Pending approval from the Non-State Schools Accreditation Board.
Our interdisciplinary team supports students through effective, individualised programs and collaboration with families and other school settings.
Autism Queensland's educational approach focuses on the development of core characteristics of ASD:
- Social Skills
- Sensory Information Processing
- Adaptive Behaviour
- Stress Management
- Daily Living Skills
- Community Access
- Play and Recreation Skills.
Adjustments to the Australian Curriculum consider student's individual strengths and interests, age and learning preferences to minimise the impact of ASD on access to learning and improve opportunities for success at school.
Students attend an Autism Queensland campus part-time* in combination with attendance at their local school. They are grouped according to age, ability and needs with a maximum of six students per class group. The majority attend the school for two or three days each week during the school term, however, a one day enrolment option is also available. The decision for one, two or three-day placements is made on a case by case basis and is dependent on criteria which impact school attendance and/or access to (mainstream) school programs such as anxiety, social communication and behaviour.
Each class is led by a teacher and at least one teacher aide with additional support provided by allied health professionals, including speech pathologists, occupational therapists and psychologists.
The part-time format of our school-based group program is specifically designed to:
- Enable students to maintain a connection with their peer group and their local school curriculum
- Enable students to practice and develop skills for generalisation
- Continue social connection with their local community
- Provide an opportunity for observation, data collection and sharing of expertise among key stakeholders.
(*Five-day and part-time Prep-Year 2 placements are available in Brisbane. Part-time only in Cairns.)
Why Autism Queensland School?
- Personalised Learning Plans (PLPs) tailored to address the impact of ASD on students’ access to learning, developed in collaboration with the home school education support team and parents and carers
- An interdisciplinary team approach including parents, home school support team and Autism Queensland staff
- Therapy support within the classroom and playground areas
- Explicit teaching of skills addressing the function of behaviours of concern
- Environmental modifications and supports
- Structured learning environments maximizing engagement and success for students with ASD
- Focus on functional life skill development including social problem solving and emotional regulation skills necessary for lifelong learning
- Emphasis on generalisation to home and other educational settings
- Regular goal-based communication with parents and carers
- Parent support, advocacy and education.
Timetables for all our school groups have an allocation of time for academic work, with activities and focus areas selected to match individual student needs, in close collaboration with each student’s home school.
Prospective students MUST:
- Have a current diagnosis of ASD (not more than 24 months old provided by a paediatrician, child psychiatrist or paediatric neurologist)
- Be aged between five years (by June 30 in the year of attendance) and 18 years
- Have a behaviour support plan (if applicable, and not more than two years old).
Enrolment & Fees
You can apply for enrolment by submitting an Enrolment Application (see below). Please note that as part of this process your child will become a registered client of Autism Queensland if they are not already one. Upon receipt of your application we will contact you to let you know if your child meets eligibility* and if a placement is available (places are allocated depending on vacancies) we will arrange for a visit to our school. Alternatively, you will be advised that your child has been placed on a waiting list.
While placements at our school are subsidised by Australian and State Government funding, fees are still applicable.
*Sometimes we may request more detailed information in order to assess your child’s eligibility.
General enrolment enquiries
P 07 3273 0000
136 North Road, Brighton
P 07 3631 6300
437 Hellawell Road, Sunnybank Hills
P 07 3273 0000
Cairns Campus (opening 2019)
15-17 Marr St, Edmonton
P 4034 6600.