Poor availability of Speech Therapists in the ACT

ABC 666 Canberra had a short discussion (around 7.20am, 19/5/2016 = 1:39:20 into the ABC's online catchup at this link: with Ms Anne Rowe about the difficulty accessing speech therapists in the ACT.

No clear reason was given for the difficulty reported in accessing speech therapist in the ACT.

SOfASD observes the following factors:

Questions of Notice - to ACT Minister for Education

MR DOSZPOT: To ask the Minister for Education—

(1) How many public schools in the ACT currently have enclosures that can be used to prevent autistic students from wandering or absconding.

(2) How many students spent time in these enclosures in 2015 and how much time did students with disability spend in these enclosures.

(3) How are these enclosures, referred to as “adjustments” that schools make for students with special needs, described in the data that the ACT gave to the Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability in 2015.

Senior psychologists are highly experienced in behaviour management. Really?

Dear Mr Rattenbury

Thank you for your response to Bob Buckley (25/2/2016). He shared it with Speaking Out for Autism Spectrum Disorder (SOfASD).

While it seems the ACT Government plans some expenditure on issues arising from restraint of autistic students (or students with complex needs including behaviour, if you prefer) in ACT schools, SOfASD remains disappointed in what we can discern of the plans.

New Service for NDIS eligibility

A new Child Development Service has been established to deliver intake, referral and assessment services for young people who may be eligible for support under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

The service provides assessment, referral and linkages for children up to six years of age and children up to eight years with complex needs who have not had a previous assessment by allied health professionals.

Respite centre for children with disabilities opened by Canberra Raiders coach Ricky Stuart

Children with a disability in the ACT will have access to a new respite care centre from next month, with its official opening led by Raiders coach Ricky Stuart.

Stuart, who has a daughter with autism, led the charge for the centre in Chifley, which will be operated by Marymead and offer a retreat for up to six children at a time.

The centre is purpose-built and the first of its kind in Canberra, allowing parents to have time off from caring for their children.

ACT government faces calls for more psychologists in Canberra schools

The Australian Education Union and advocacy groups have called on the ACT government to increase the number of counsellors and psychologists in Canberra's schools.

In an open letter to Chief Minister Andrew Barr, union branch secretary Glenn Fowler is joined by eight co-signatories from education and welfare organisations including the ACT Council of Parents and Citizens' Associations, the ACT Council of Social Service and the ACT Youth Coalition. 


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