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Every child with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is an individual, with different strengths, interests and abilities.

The Department recognises that students with an ASD represent individuals who may require a range of supports to meet their needs.

The Department aims to meet the needs of all children with an ASD, regardless of where they are on the autism spectrum, including children with High Functioning Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome.

The Department works with all schools in Victoria to offer an autism-friendly environment and support all children with an ASD in all aspects of learning and development.

If your child has an ASD, it is important to know that the Department recognises it is unlikely a single approach will meet the needs of all children with an ASD, and that flexible approaches are required.

Essential elements that guide these flexible approaches include:

  • sharing information between early childhood staff, teachers and parents, home and early childhood settings and schools
  • staff with specific ASD knowledge
  • effective communication between all staff working with a child or young person with an ASD
  • a positive learning environment
  • social skills learning programs
  • support for children and young people with an ASD to participate in and contribute to their community
  • reflecting on what works best for children and young people with an ASD.
For more information on autism friendly learning in Victorian schools, see: Autism friendly learning