Enrolment Documentation Requirements
The following criteria are used by the Department of Education Resources Coordination Committee to establish eligibility for Enrolment at Jacana School for Autism under the category Autism Spectrum Disorder.
- A Multidisciplinary Diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder. A written report providing an explicit diagnosis of autism based on DSM-V criteria, from a paediatrician/psychologist/psychiatrist/ speech pathologist is required.
Where a child doesn’t have a Multidisciplinary diagnosis, a written report must be provided by all treating allied health professionals outlining a concurring diagnosis of autism based on reports from a paediatrician or psychiatrist, as well as a parent and/or teacher interview, direct observation of the student and including specific reference to a formal diagnostic framework it is required to reference the DSM-V.
- Vineland Adaptive Behaviour Scale III (Comprehensive Teacher Form).
Less than 12 months old. – Evidence of significant defects in adaptive behaviour established by a composite score two standard deviations or more below the mean on the Vineland Adaptive Behaviour Scales- III.
- A Speech and Language Assessment.
A core language score of two or more standard deviations below the mean. Less than 12 months old. The assessment findings must also include a statement that the results of the assessment are consistent with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder. A statement from a registered speech pathologist using an approved language test is required: approved tests are the PLS-5, TELD-3, CELF-P2, CELF-5, CASL, CASL-2, TOLD-P4, TOAL-4, TOLD-I4; the most appropriate assessment for the individual student as deemed by the Speech Pathologist.
D. A history of evidence. Reports by either a medical practitioner or psychologist should normally demonstrate history.
E. A cognitive assessment may be requested. Less than 2 years old. A report of assessment is required from a registered psychologist which clearly indicates a cognitive functioning score (IQ). This report should be inclusive of observations of ASD traits by the psychologist, family, and where possible, teacher.
RECOMMENDED TO ALSO INCLUDE:
F. An Occupational Therapist report. Less than 12 months old. Inclusive of examples in the following areas: Challenging Behaviours – The need for constant visual supervision, individual program intervention, withdrawn, self-harming or social challenges, Fine Motor Skills – The need for adaptations on a frequent bases, Safety – The need for intensive supervision to ensure safety e.g. Road safety, stranger danger – vulnerability, absconding, Self-care – toileting, eating, dressing.
Evidence must be provided by a psychologist, a speech pathologist, and a paediatrician, with experience and knowledge in the assessment of Autism Spectrum Disorder.
External professionals can request the Professional Guidelines – ASD, ID or Complex Communication Needs, directly from the Regional Disability Coordinator. All Requests must include a signature line or letterhead that clearly states the professional’s role.
N.B. Speech, OT and Vineland assessments must be less than 12 months old.