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Enrolment Information

Bulleen Heights School – Enrolment Criteria

Students can enrol at Bulleen Heights School if they meet the requirement for funding under the category of Autism Spectrum Disorder on the Program for Students with Disabilities. The enrolment criteria is as follows:

 

  • A clear medical statement of diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder. A written statement of diagnosis from either a child psychiatrist or a paediatrician is required.

AND

  • A statement of diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder by a psychologist which also includes a demonstration of significant deficits in adaptive behaviour established by a composite score of two standard deviations or more below the mean on the Vineland Adaptive Behavior Scales – III Comprehensive Teacher Form. A report of assessment is required from a registered psychologist which includes a clear diagnosis of ASD. Note that this is a diagnostic assessment of ASD, not an assessment of cognitive functioning (IQ).

AND

  • A core language score of two or more standard deviations below the mean or evidence (and a cohesive case presented) that in the school context the student’s expressive and receptive language skills are functionally within the severe language disorder range. The assessment findings must also include a statement to the effect 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. Be informed that applications on the sole basis of pragmatic skill deficits are unlikely to succeed.

AND

  • A history and evidence of an ongoing problem with the expectation of continuation during school years. Report by either a medical practitioner or psychologist would normally demonstrate history.

 

Evidence must be provided by a psychologist, a speech pathologist, and a child psychiatrist or paediatrician, with experience and knowledge in the assessment of autism spectrum disorders.

NB. Speech assessments and Vineland assessments must be less than 12 months old.

 

Additional enrolment guidance for families of students with disability

The How to choose a school and enrol page of the Department’s website will contain updated information to guide families of students with disability through the specialist school enrolment process.