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Practice guidance for learners with additional needs

To give all learners access to high quality education in an environment that supports and challenges learning, we’ve created a collection of practice guides and process guides for educators.

The guides will help educators in schools and preschools to support learners to participate in education in the same way as their  peers. 

The guides are one initiative from the department that is designed to improve learning and development outcomes for children and students.

About the practice guides 

The practice guides offer educators hands-on, practical advice to support and extend learning programs for all. They include guidance on inclusive practices and specific additional needs. Each guide summarises the topic and has detailed information about practical adjustments the educator can make in the classroom and as they plan. 

They’ve been developed by educators, for educators, and are designed specifically for the South Australian context.

More practice guides are in development and will be released in the future.

Practice guide topics 

The practice guides currently available for educators are about:

  • deaf and hard of hearing learners
  • vision impairment
  • autism
  • autism and girls
  • autism and anxiety
  • autism and pathological demand avoidance (PDA)
  • autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • physical disabilities 
  • fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD)
  • attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • developmental language disorder
  • speech impairment
  • school refusal
  • oppositional defiant disorder (ODD)
  • visual supports
  • positive behaviour for learning (PBL) classroom practices.

Accessing the practice guides 

Department staff can access the practice guides on EDi, the department intranet  (staff login required). 

Talk to your child’s preschool or school for more information about the practice guides. The guides can offer supportive strategies that you and educators can use together to make a personalised learning plan for your child.  

Inclusive Teaching and Learning

Phone: 8226 0521
Email: education.itl [at] sa.gov.au