Baringa School is able to provide additional support to meet student needs.
Baringa School is able to provide additional support to meet student needs in the areas of Speech Pathology, Psychology, Student Welfare, and Counselling.
Staff are also able to provide advice and assistance for parents in accessing support from other agencies as required.
Speech Pathologists assess, plan, implement and evaluate speech, language, literacy, social and communication skills.
At Baringa, Speech Pathologists work as part of a whole-school approach to functional communication. Speech pathologists at Baringa School:
• Support students to develop their skills to communicate their needs, wants and ideas.
• Help students to develop functional social skills and emotional regulation to improve their interactions with peers and the wider community.
• Collaborate with families, external therapy providers and external services (e.g. paediatricians) to identify goals and individualised needs.
• Provide staff training to improve knowledge and skills around supporting communication and curriculum access in the classroom.
Students are supported in a variety of settings, including 1:1 intervention, small group intervention, whole-class intervention, informal interactions and professional consultations.
Baringa School offers mental health support for students. We have a psychologist at school who provides free support for students, as part of the Mental Health Practitioner government initiative.
Psychologists can help students to:
Understand their emotions and thoughts
Learn behaviours that help them to communicate what they need
Teach students how to regulate their emotions in a more effective way
Develop social skills to help form and maintain friendships
This can help students build better relationships with their peers and teachers as well as helping them to learn more at school.
The psychologist at Baringa works with students individually, in groups and in the classroom. Support and training is also provided to staff to help students’ mental health.