What do we mean by students with special needs? Any student who is not achieving to their potential for one or more reasons:
· students with a learning difficulty
· students with English as a second language
· students with social/emotional problems
· students with a speech/language problems
· students who are gifted/talented but who are underachieving.
Dalby South State School has a Special Needs Action Committee (SNAC) Coordinator who works collaboratively with other support personnel (eg. Guidance Officer, Speech Language Pathologist) involved in the school to:
· Assist class teachers in identifying and assessing children with learning difficulties
· Assist class teachers in planning programs of work to help children with learning difficulties
· Work with class teachers and the child to improve areas where the learning difficulty occurs
· Advise parents as to how they can assist in the learning process at home
· Support professional development programs and influence teaching practices.
The SNAC meets fortnightly and discusses how individual students with special needs/learning difficulties and low incidence disabilities can be most effectively supported. A student who is experiencing difficulties can be referred to this committee by their classroom teacher. Parent consultation occurs prior to this referral being made.
Parents with concerns about their child's progress are encouraged to speak with their child's classroom teacher. (For more information about our programs for students with low incidence disabilities please see our "Students with a disability" section.)