Monash Special Developmental School (Monash SDS)

This specialist school, geographically situated behind Brandon Park Shopping Centre, (includes: the south eastern suburbs encompassing Mount Waverley, Glen Waverley and Scoresby to the north; Rowville and Lysterfield to the east; Mulgrave, Clayton and Clayton South to the south; Chadstone and Oakleigh East to the west), provides educational and therapy programs for children with significant development delays and/or intellectual disabilities between the ages of 2.8 and 18 years. Teachers trained as special educators are responsible for the students' daily programs and are supported by experienced teacher assistants plus the expertise of the paramedical staff (speech therapists, social worker, nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists and psychologist). The average class size is 8 and is staffed with 3 full-time teaching staff. Children with high support needs including significant physical and multiple disabilities as well as those with autism spectrum disorder are also catered for within the programs offered. There are many students with a dual diagnosis of ASD and ID attending the school. Transport is provided to most of the school aged students who reside within the school's designated educational zone. The Early Education component is for children between 2.8 and 5 years with significant developmental delays. Emphasis is placed on communication and language acquisition, plus other significant priority areas. Sessions vary from half-day to full day instruction up to maximum of 2 days. Kindergarten program affords opportunities for participation in a community preschool plus our centre-based specialist program. School students between 5 and 18 years are incorporated within Kindergarten, Primary, Senior and Transition sections of the school and attend 5 days per week between 9am and 3pm. Some students attend the school part time as well as attending a main stream primary part time, or participate in a base room program held within a primary school supported by our staff. Curriculum focus for students 5-15 years is based on Victorian Essential Learning Standards. Within the Transition section emphasis is placed on continuing to promote the students' communication, independent living, social, leisure and academic skill development and, where appropriate, work skill and work ethic instruction, in preparation for their post school options.

Type

  • Schools and tertiary > Specialist

Contact

Ms Helen McCoy

9239 7400

Emailmonash.sds@edumail.vic.gov.au

Websitehttp://www.monashsds.vic.edu.au

Location

15-25 Academy Avenue, Wheelers Hill 3150 View Map

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