Speech-Language Impairment is a departmental category for identifying students requiring significant education adjustments as a result of having a severe ongoing primary spoken communication disorder. Verification for the EAP category of Speech-Language Impairment is based on two criteria : There is a severe ongoing primary spoken communication disorder; The identified severe ongoing primary spoken communication disorder results in activity limitations and participation restrictions for the student at school requiring significant education adjustments.1
Intellectual disability is a disability characterised by significant limitations both in intellectual functioning and in adaptive behaviour, which covers many everyday social and practical skills. This disability originates before the age of 18. Intellectual functioning - also called intelligence - refers to general mental capacity, such as learning, reasoning, problem solving, and so on. 2
Inclusion is the preferred educational option. School systems make every effort to do this. If it is not possible, they use either special classes or special schools with curriculum and staffing modifications.
This page looks at associations, selected educational sites including schools and teaching centres and specific conditions.
Associations & Groups
- Asperger Services Australia
Support, news, seminars, events, newsletters, forums, images, runs surveys, links.
- Autism Aspergers Advocacy Australia [A4]
‘The national grassroots advocacy organisation for people with autism spectrum disorders including Asperger’s syndrome and PDD-NOS’. Events, publications, news. A good Links page.
“Specific Learning Difficulties Association”. ‘The Australian Federation of SPELD Associations’.
- Australian Advisory Board On Autism Spectrum
‘National peak body representing people who have an autism spectrum disorder, their families, carers and helpers’.
- Australian Dyslexia Association Inc.
‘Concerned with the identification and educational treatment of those with dyslexia’. Identification, assessments, treatments, other sources.
- Autism Awareness
‘Dedicated to increasing awareness and understanding of Autism Spectrum Disorders in our community’. Information, directory, events, media, more.
- Autism Spectrum Australia
‘Information, education and other services through partnerships with people with autism spectrum disorders, their families and communities’. Fact sheets, more.
- Dyslexia Sydney Support Group
‘A support group for dyslexics, parents, teachers, tutors and others wishing to share and learn information about dyslexia and it’s treatment’.
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- Giant Steps
Programs, factual information, philosophy, research.
- Learning Difficulties Australia
Publications, research papers, links, association information, conferences, seminars.
- Learning Links
‘To help children who have learning disabilities, difficulties and developmental delays and their families’.
- Literacy Care
‘Literacy Care is a private special education consultancy. It provides specialised treatment exclusively for children [ages 6-12] who have specific learning disabilities’. Since 2003 its services have been available through the Child Development Network.
- Move to Learn
‘Providing information, services and products to enable people to overcome learning difficulties’.
“Neurosensory - multi-sensory learning for children & adults with dyslexia, ADHD, ASD and other learning disorders’.
- The Dyslexia Association
‘Peak body representing an alternative approach to the conventional methods of instruction for dyslexic learners in Australia’.
- Tourette Syndrome Association of Australia
News, events, Q&A, what it is, associations, resources, publications, links.
‘The peak body for people on the autism spectrum and their supporters in Victoria. Amaze raises awareness and influences positive change for people on the autism spectrum and their families/supporters and provides independent, credible information and resources to individuals, families, professionals, government and the wider community’.
- Autism Family Support Association
‘A community based volunteer group serving those in Victoria who have a family member/s on the Autism Spectrum’.
- Dyslexia-SPELD Foundation WA
‘Services and family support throughout Western Australia to enable children and adults with specific learning disabilities to realise their greatest potential’.
- Learning Difficulties Coalition of NSW
‘Parent group organisations representing learning difficulties, ADHD, dyslexia, Tourette Syndrome, Autism and Aspergers Syndrome, Velo-Cardio-Facial Syndrome, Dyspraxia and Anxiety Disorders’.
- Marymead’s Autism Centre
Autism Asperger ACT [previously listed here] has been folded into this specialist unit as part of a body which operates in the ACT and NSW. The centre is is located at Marymead’s Narrabundah ACT site.
based ASD Specific Organisations
‘Many of these organisations provide a wide range of services and support including: information, hands-on support, advocacy for individuals, professional development and learning opportunities, outreach services and family support and advocacy as well as links to other organisations and services’.
Resources, information, articles, fact sheets, tutor literacy, links.
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‘Support and information [for] parents. Parents are assisted through talking to SPELD’s Education Advisors on the Advisory Line’.
‘Advice and services to children and adults with specific learning difficulties, such as dyslexia’.
- Specific Learning Difficulties Association Of Victoria
‘Parents and professional people interested in children and adults with specific learning difficulties’.
- Tourette Syndrome Association of Australia.
Syndrome information, news, links, publications, books.
American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
‘Dedicated to treating and improving the quality of life for children, adolescents, and families affected by these disorders’. Opens at Autism Resource Centre. USA.
- British Institute of Learning Disabilities
‘Working with the government and other organisations to improve the lives of people with learning disabilities’. UK.
- Dyslexia Action
‘We provide a wide range of services to people of all ages who have dyslexia and struggle with literacy’. UK.
- International Dyslexia Association
News, FAQs, Fact Sheets, Discussion Forum, links, communities for different groups. USA.
- LD Online
‘Providing accurate and up-to-date information and advice about learning disabilities and ADHD. The LD Topics section of the site features hundreds of helpful articles, a comprehensive resource guide, active forums’, more. USA.
- Learning Disabilities Association of America
‘Advocates for the almost three million students of school age with learning disabilities and for adults affected with learning disabilities’. Sections for parents, teachers, professionals and adults, research, resources. USA.
- National Centre for Learning Disabilities
‘Works to ensure that the nation’s 15 million children, adolescents and adults with learning disabilities have every opportunity to succeed in school, work and life’. Sections for school levels. USA.
Check other relevant state/territory links on the main Special Education page.
- Alternative Education Provision
The first section lists this area and has links to sources of information at the bottom of the section.
- Autism education
Overview, partnerships, templates, links.
- Autism Friendly Learning
‘The Department’s coordinated approach addresses the needs of children and young people on the autism spectrum through a broad range of provisions, core and innovative programs, people and resources’.
- Autism Hub and Reading Centre
The Autism Hub ‘provides information and delivers professional learning that supports educators to include, retain and engage students with ASD and empowers parents to partner with schools and teachers in their child’s education’.
- Autism Spectrum Disorder - Online
Resource Transition Package
‘A joint project between the Department of Education and Training , AEIOU Foundation External Link and Autism Queensland. The online resource package has been developed to assist early intervention service providers, parents and teachers [Kindergarten and Prep] by providing information and resources to support children with ASD transition into Queensland schools’.
- Inclusive Education Policies [WA].
- Information for families of
children with ASD
‘Each section contains tip sheets and templates for you to use during the transition journey and links to other relevant areas of the website’. Queensland.
- Learning and Support [NSW]
‘Learning and support resources are available in every mainstream school to help any student experiencing difficulties in learning in a regular class, regardless of the cause. This includes support for students with learning difficulties’.
- Learning and Disability Support
Department of Education & Training.
- Preschool Speech and Language Programs [SA]
Select from the multiple topics now covered on this page.
Needs Learning Plans [SA]
Select from the listing and also check the Learning Difficulties Team information.
- NSW Centre for Effective Reading
‘Find information and evidence-based resources to support students with complex reading difficulties’. Their Websites page links ‘provide a wide range of downloadable material that teachers, executives and parents may find helpful’.
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Opening All Options [Learning Disability Resource] [ADCET]
‘A comprehensive resource for disability practitioners, academic and teaching staff to support students with Specific Learning Disability in the post-secondary education sector’.
- Positive Partnerships
‘The project delivers two components of the Helping Children with Autism package being implemented by the Department of Education’. Professional Development for staff, parental information sessions and workshops. Need to register to log in.
- School of Special Educational Needs :
Department of Education, WA. ‘Provides statewide support to schools to support students with disabilities and learning disabilities’.
- Support for Children with
‘Learn about getting your child assessed, special schools and support programs’. The Enhanced Transition from Kindergarten to School page details what is available. Victoria.
- Who’s Going to Teach My Child ?
“A Guide for Parents of Students with Special Learning Needs”. PDF document. NSW Education Department.
Selected Schools & Teaching Centres
‘Provides a full time, early education program for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, aged two½ to five years of age. The first centre opened in Moorooka, Queensland’.
- Aspect Schools
‘Autism Spectrum Australia operates 8 schools for children with autism in NSW, and nearly 100 satellite classes’.
‘EdSpace is a therapeutic day school for children [ages 11 to 18] who have emotional, medical, developmental conditions or learning difficulties that have impacted their ability to succeed in previous school settings’. Benalla, Victoria.
- Joseph Varga School
‘Our school caters specifically for children with a diagnosis of an Autism Spectrum Disorder. With dedicated teachers, specialist support, ongoing assessment, state of the art technology and a positive approach to personal development, our school is well equipped to support your child’.
- Malkara School
Canberra. Caters to a range of Primary level students needs.
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Rossbourne School [Melbourne]
‘Rossbourne specifically assists students with identifiable learning disorders achieve their full potential, both educationally and socially’.
- The Glenleighden School
‘Specifically for children with severe childhood language and related disorders. Preschool through to secondary age and provides comprehensive, intensive multi-disciplinary programs which are highly individualised’.
Victorian Specialist Schools
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- Asperger’s Syndrome
The Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne. Fact sheet.
- Asperger’s Syndrome [HealthDirect]
‘Asperger’s syndrome is now defined as a part of one of the autism spectrum disorders. It is a lifelong developmental disability that affects how people perceive the world and interact with others’.
- OASIS@MAAP - The Online Asperger Syndrome Information and
News, articles, international support, blogs, forums, more. Autism & Asperger Syndrome. USA.
- Tony Attwood
‘A guide for parents, professionals and people with Asperger’s Syndrome and their partners’. About Aspergers, support groups, research, links.
Better Health, Victoria. Fact sheets.
- Autism [HealthDirect]
Links to multiple articles on various aspects of Autism from an overview, to diagnosis, symptoms, treatment and more. There are also related articles on Asperger’s syndrome and health and wellbeing apps.
- Autism Spectrum Disorders Fact
Learning Difficulties Coalition of NSW.
- Helping Children with Autism
Raising Children Network. Learning about Autism, therapies, Teens and ASD, School and social life, videos, stories, more.
- The Australian Autism Handbook
‘The essential resource guide for autism spectrum disorders’. Fee-based. Scroll down the page to find.
- Help withAutism, Asperger’s Syndrome and Related Disorders
Extensive number of ‘Fact sheets to help parents’ including featured articles.
- 37 Common Characteristics of Dyslexia
‘Most dyslexics will exhibit about 10 of the following traits and behaviours’. Links to other information.
- Dyslexia Australia Assessment
Characteristics, Symptoms, Assessment, Treatment. Also information about related learning difficulties.
- Dyslexia Checklists
‘What to do if you think your child is dyslexic’. Multiple level lists, links to more information.
- Dyslexia Explained
Better Health, Victoria. Fact sheet. Symptoms [different levels], theories, diagnosis, contributing factors, treatment, help, more.
- Dyslexia Information
‘This section has loads of useful dyslexia information. It has been put together to help you understand how you’re affected by the condition’.
FAQs, videos, education, parents, more. British Dyslexia Association.
- Understanding Dyslexia
‘Dyslexia Signs and Treatment’.
- What is Dyslexia ?
Sections also on Diagnosis, Treatment and Related Disorders.
Learn about Apraxia, news, Library, Family Place, Parent Place, User Tools. USA.
- Dyspraxia Fact
Learning Difficulties Coalition of NSW.
- What is Developmental Apraxia of Speech ?
Easy to read and understand article. You can download it here.
- Life’s A Twitch
Resources, writings, presentations, links, more. Different approach. Canadian.
- Tourette Syndrome
Brain Australia. Description, Treatment, Links to information and associations.
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Learning Difficulties Coalition of NSW.
- Tourette Syndrome Fact Sheet [NINDS]
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke [USA]. 13 sections covering most aspects from what it is to treatments.
- What is Tourette Syndrome ?
Tourette Syndrome Association of Australia.
About Learning Difficulties
Explanatory page from Department for Education in South Australia.
- Ed Chapman’s Speech and Developmental Delays
Disabilities from speech delay to autism. Milestones for speech & language up to 5 years, acronyms, fun, more.
- Learning Disabilities & Disorders
‘Types of Learning Disabilities and Learning Disorders and their Signs’. USA.
- Learning Disabilities : Spotting
Raising Children Network, Australia. ‘Although learning disabilities can be challenging for your child, your child can still learn and be successful’.
- Mathematics and Dyscalculia
‘A mathematical disability in which a person has a difficult time solving arithmetic problems and grasping math concepts’.
- Nonverbal Learning Difficulties
‘A neurological disorder which originates in the right hemisphere of the brain, causing problems with visual-spatial, intuitive, organisational, evaluative and holistic processing functions’.
- Processing Deficits
‘The two most common areas of processing difficulty associated with learning disabilities are visual and auditory perception. Information offered here covers these two types of processing deficits, their educational implications, ideas for intervention, and what to do if there is a suspected problem’.
1. Speech-Language Impairment [SLI] Education Queensland. 23 Jan. 2014. Web. 20 April 2014. Speech-Language Impairment [SLI].
2. Definition of Intellectual Disability. American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, 2013. Web. 20 April 2014. Definition of Intellectual Disability.