2250 teachers have been given addition training in providing classroom support for students with autism under the Commonwealth Government's Positive Partnerships initiative.
School Education Minister Peter Garrett said the $40.5 million initiative has reached its target of training 2200 teachers more than a year ahead of schedule.
“The training provides teachers with the latest research and information on autism spectrum disorder and its impact on students’ learning, as well as strategies for providing support in the classroom and across the school community.
“This is all about how we can best help kids with autism who might otherwise struggle to reach their full potential at school without the benefit of that extra attention and support.”
Mr Garrett said an evaluation, conducted in November 2010, shows one of the initiative’s most successful outcomes is programs to help parents develop strategies to work with teachers and schools to produce better outcomes for their children.