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Annual Report 1991 Department of Education



Annual Report 1991 Department of Education

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Tabled Paper 1288


Tabled Papers for 6th Assembly 1990 - 1994; Tabled Papers; ParliamentNT






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EDUCATION STUDENT SERVICES Student Services embraces the areas of special education, early intervention, guidance, hearing impairment, visual impairment, behaviour management, speech pathology, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, school nursing and home liaison. In addition to specialist personnel in these areas, the student services network includes school counsellors, special schools and units, detention centres and hospital schools. The specific placement of students with disabilities into the most appropri ate educational setting relies on close collaboration among specialist staff, parents and schools through a system of case conferences. During 1991, continuing emphasis was placed, wherever possible, on maximising the inte gration of children with disabilities into mainstream classes in schools. Because individual cases often involved more than one disability, the trend towards using multi-faceted and trans-disciplinary approaches continued to develop. In 1991, there were 1 026 referrals to Student Services in the Darwin area alone, representing an increase of twenty per cent from 1990. In other regions, there was an expanding and diversified demand for all aspects of services. Operations South received 233 referrals in 1991 for the Alice Springs and Barkly regions. This created a backlog of cases in the guidance and therapy areas in particular, pressure on places available in special education programs, and an increase in the level of demand for programs conducted by part-time instructors in schools across the Territory. Behaviour management cases during 1991 numbered 316, with involved students exhibiting one or more of the following problems: severe behavioural and/or emotional disorder negative attitudes to school and/or authority figures poor peer relationships poor adult relationships dysfunctional family background those resulting from child neglect or abuse (physical, emotional or sexual) 30