The Johannesburg School for Autism offers specialized educational services to over 300 learners with a primary diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The School is recognized as the official Resource Centre for Autism in Gauteng and is one of the largest government schools in the country that caters for learners with Autism.
The mission statement of the school is to provide learners with ASD the opportunity to develop essential life skills required to help them function as independently as possible in activities of daily living, communication (using Alternative and/or Augmentative strategies where necessary) as well as to interact socially. By doing so the school aims to provide the learners with a safe space for learning and developing while being cognizant of their unique needs and challenges.
The Johannesburg School for Autism caters for learners between the ages of 3 – 20 years. Learners are enrolled into the school via the Department of Education District Office. The school currently has 48 classes divided between five phases i.e. ECD Phase, Foundation phase, Middle Phase, Senior Phase as well as the Vocational Phase. Each class is run by an Educator as well as an Assistant and has a maximum of eight learners per class. The rest of the staff consists of a multi-disciplinary team thereby providing a holistic service to the learners. In addition the school offers a skills centre and a coffee shop in an effort to develop learners independent functioning through crafts and employment opportunities. Some of the services offered at our school include:
- Speech therapy and Audiology
- Occupational therapy
- Social services
- Dancing, Boxing, Gardening
- ASD specific education
- Arts and crafts skills
- Parent and sibling support groups
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