Alkimos College offers a Specialised Autism Learning Program (SALP) for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder, to support students with ASD to achieve their academic goals. The SALP is a Department of Education endorsed specialist educational program, evidence based reflecting academic research and is supported by the School of Special Educational Needs: Disability (SSEND).
Students eligible for this program will have the academic potential to participate and achieve success in mainstream schooling and beyond; although are at risk of underachieving or disengaging due to barriers with communication and/or social competency preventing full access to the curriculum.
SALP will focus on the achievement of positive academic, behavioural, social and emotional outcomes for each student to maximise independence and access to further education and successful employment. Each student’s individual program will be based on their unique goals, strengths and needs and encourage the exploration and development of each student’s talents and interests to complement their secondary schooling experience. The curriculum will be tailored to meet the learning needs of each individual and be responsive to the student’s, family and community needs.
A key feature of the SALP is the ‘SALP Room”, which is an accessible, comfortable, supportive and safe place for students to access learning opportunities – both structured and unstructured during class and break times. The amount of time each student spends within the SALP room will vary according to their individual needs. Support will be provided to address the learning needs that stem directly from their ASD such as communication, self-regulation, peer interaction and organisational skills. Within the SALP room, explicit teaching will be utilised, with the aim of ensuring students maintain academic output; ensuring a smooth transition back into mainstream. Students in the program will be provided with internet access and encouraged to invite friends to the SALP room during breaks to socialise.
The program is supported by a Program Coordinator (Ms Mauveen Titlestad), specialist teachers (Mrs Sarah Dinan and Ms Lee Wallace) and experienced Education Assistants (Ms Robyn Barone, Ms Linda Bye, Ms Kelly Tanner and Ms Alison Thorncroft), who work collaboratively throughout the college and community to promote learning for each student, which will be delivered across three settings:
Students with a recognised diagnosis of ASD can apply for selection to the SALP from within or outside of the local intake area.
The program is designed and resources to provide for students who meet the following criteria:
Entry places to the SALP are strictly limited.
Enrolments and Expressions of Interest in the SALP program for 2024 are now open. Expressions of Interest need to be submitted with Enrolment Form for the college by Friday 19 May 2023. Any forms submitted after this date will not be accepted.
Please call the college on 9561 7300 if you have any further enquiries
Please note we currently do NOT have any places available in the program for Year 7, Year 8, Year 9 or Year 10 in 2023.
Parents/carers that have a child enrolled in the Alkimos Primary School SALP will have the option of continuing in the program through to secondary schooling, as Alkimos College is the partnering SALP secondary school. However they must also complete all the necessary forms including the Expression of Interest Form and Enrolment forms as above and still meet the eligibility criteria for the program.
Need assessments for eligible students will be evaluated across multiple modes; including informal and formal observations by the Program Coordinator (observation of the student in their current primary school), school reports, Individual Education Plans (IEPs), NAPLAN results and Individual Behaviour Plans (IBPs), will all be taken into consideration.
The selection process will include interviews and rating against eligibility criteria prior to offering placements to students who are eligible for, and will most benefit from, the specialised program. Enrolment in the program will be reviewed annually and may be extended to suit the individually support requirements of each student.
The college will follow the Department’s Enrolment Policy, Enrolment Procedures and Enrolment for Students with Disability Guidelines.