Thinking creatively

Another way to help upper primary students thrive in school
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MAKING ROOM: Borinya Community Partnership principal Genevieve O’Reilly with students Kyran Espie (15), Lacey Sessions (16) and Allira Brookes (16) in one of the school’s classrooms which is proving too small for practical use. PHOTO: Kieren Tilly

THERE is scope for Wangaratta to introduce an early intervention facility for upper primary students falling through the cracks of available education services, according to Borinya Community Partnership principal Genevieve O’Reilly.

As Borinya works to improve its own facilities for young people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in the North East, through a proposed $2 million upgrade, Ms O’Reilly said it was time to think creatively about how to cater for the increasing number of students diagnosed with these conditions who did not thrive in mainstream settings.

“It would be great for someone to step into the breach and particularly offer some early intervention at the grade four/five/six level,” Ms O’Reilly said.

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