No single approach will meet the needs of all children and young people and flexible, targeted approaches in supportive learning environments are required.
Essential elements that guide these include:
- strong leadership
- establishing and maintaining a culture of inclusion for all students
- staff with specific and up-to-date knowledge about the learning and support needs of students on the autism spectrum
- effective communication between all staff working with a child or young person on the autism spectrum within a culture of team planning a positive learning environment where students are comfortable and ready to learn
- innovative and individualised methods of adapting the curriculum, building on student strengths and interests
- social skills learning programs information sharing between early childhood staff, teachers and parents, home and early childhood settings and schools
- support for children and young people on the autism spectrum to participate in and contribute to their community.
For more information and support materials, see Support materials.