Positive Partnerships is a national project, funded by the Australian Government Department of Education and Training through the Helping Children with Autism package. The program is delivered by Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect), with a goal to improve the educational outcomes of school-aged students on the autism spectrum. We aim to foster productive relationships with a focus on working respectfully and appropriately with students and families from many diverse backgrounds.
Kieran Browne (Foundation teacher) and Monique Osborn (Principal) have completed the training which has given the school community a better understanding of sensory processing and mental health challenges and specific behaviours connected to autism. The program looks specifically at making adjustments to the curriculum, instruction and environment according to the needs of the students. The adjustments benefits all students, not just those with special needs.
The first stage of our Positive Partnership work includes developing visual and physical resources to distribute throughout the playground to assist with rules, boundaries, play areas and communication. We are also developing a mindfulness space which will include sensory activities, quiet spaces and an outdoor learning space.
At Albert Street we provide a learning environment that focuses on the global development of your child. This includes academic performance, physical, social and emotional health and mindfulness practice. mindfulness is a practice of awareness through paying atention, it provides the space we need to take the time to slow down so we can observe how our bodies respond emotionally to everyday events. Mindful practice can include meditation, mindful walking, painting, drawing, colouring, moving and eating.
Mindfulness is not about stilling the mind, it is about embracing thought and thinking in a healthy way so we can direct our attention for improved overall performance, better concentration and memory retention, better social relationships, confidence and happiness.
The results from the practice has included increased motivation, concentration to task and detail, improved academic performance and social relationships and a greater sense of calmness in the classroom.