Over $750,000 will be invested into programs supporting children with autism and children with additional complex needs to expand into more public schools across the state from next year.
Following a successful pilot in 16 schools and pre-schools in Whyalla, the Interoception program will receive increased funding to continue for another 3 years within these sites, support at least 10 schools in Mount Gambier and expand into a further 17 public schools across the state.
This includes a trial with Open Access College to support students on the autism spectrum who are not currently learning at a site.
Interoception is the sense of internal body signals that indicate emotions, feelings and states of being and does not develop typically in children on the autism spectrum or those who have experienced trauma.
Next year a new outreach model will be trialled in the south of Adelaide. It will respond to parent requests for their child to remain enrolled at their local school with extra autism support being provided for more flexibility.
School staff will also receive further training in working with children with autism and children with complex additional needs, particularly in regional and rural sites.