The 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.
One School | Two Campuses
The Autism Queensland School is an accredited independent school comprising two Education and Therapy Centres located in Brisbane at Brighton and Sunnybank Hills. Our team of teachers, teacher aides, psychologist, speech and occupational therapists deliver ASD-specific education and therapy programs for children from Prep age to 18 years.
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
Our programs complement the Australian Curriculum while addressing six key autism-specific areas for school-aged children. Read about our methodology.
With the exception of Prep & Year 1*, 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 group is staffed by a teacher and at least one teacher aide with additional support from allied health professionals, featuring:
- A multidisciplinary team approach including parents, home school staff, Autism Queensland teachers, speech pathologists, occupational therapists, psychologists, and other associated professionals
- Regular goal-based communication with parents and carers
- Individualised Education Programs (IEPs), 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
- 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
- Parent support, advocacy and education.
(*Five-day and part-time Prep & Year 1 placements are available at both campuses.)
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.
The part-time format of our school-based group program is specifically designed to:
- Enable students to maintain 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 opportunity for observation, data collection and sharing of expertise among key stakeholders.
To be eligible for a placement in the Autism Queensland School prospective students MUST have:
- A current diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (not more than 24 months old provided by a paediatrician, child psychiatrist or paediatric neurologist)
- Be aged between 5 years (by June 30 in the year of attendance) and 18 years
- A behaviour support plan (if applicable, and not more than two years old).
Enrolment & Fees
Places at the Autism Queensland School are allocated depending on vacancies. While placements at our school are subsidised by Australian and State Government funding, fees are still applicable.
How do I enrol my child?
You can apply for enrolment by clicking here. (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 we will arrange for a visit to our school. Alternatively you will advised that your child has been placed on a waiting list.
*Sometimes we may request more detailed information in order to assess your child’s eligbility.
For more information
General enrolment enquiries
P 07 3273 0000
136 North Road, Brighton
P 07 3631 6300
437 Hellawell Road, Sunnybank Hills
P 07 3273 0000