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Special education teachers at Ormeau State School work collaboratively with class teachers to support students who have been identified in one of six areas: intellectual impairment, speech language impairment, autistic spectrum disorder, hearing impairment, physical impairment and visual impairment.

Ormeau State School promotes inclusive education, so our main goal is to provide support and adjustments within the classroom context. At certain times however, some students are withdrawn to participate in individual learning activities, group work, or to complete class work in a quiet environment. Some of our students also join in our life skills programs which involve social skills, cooking, finger gym and learning connections.

Special education teachers may work with students to do assessment and provide educational programs. They may provide teachers with alternative, specialised resources depending on student needs. Special education teachers may also provide on-going professional development with class teachers and teacher aides working with students with disabilities.

Currently, we have 1 part-time and 3 full-time special education teachers allocated to Ormeau State School and 6 special education teacher aides who work on full time and part time timetables.

We also have specialist teachers and therapists who visit the school on a needs basis. These specialists include:

  • Advisory visiting teacher for physical impairment
  • Advisory visiting teacher for hearing impairment
  • Speech Language Pathologist
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Physiotherapist

The special education teacher plays a key role within a multi-disciplinary team, including liaising with teachers, parents, other Education Queensland support staff, therapists and community organisations.