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Students with additional needs

Special Education Services (SES) at Coombabah State High School caters for the educational needs of students who benefit from additional support to achieve their full learning potential. We offer a wide range of services and support students with combinations of these services designed to suit their individual needs. We identify and reduce the barriers to learning, especially for those who are vulnerable to marginalisation and exclusion, to maximise educational and social outcomes for all students.  

SES caters for students diagnosed with a diverse range of disabilities:

  • Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) 
  • intellectual impairment  
  • speech language disorders  

  • physical impairments  

  • hearing impairments  

  • vision impairments 

SES is inclusive and is guided by Individual Support Plan goals. Students may participate in subjects in the SES depending on their ability level, or in mainstream classes with teacher aide support.

Coombabah focuses strongly on continued career development for all of our students. SES offers Certificate II in Workplace Practices to help students transition to work. These subjects help students set realistic goals based on an informed understanding of their personal strengths and weaknesses, aligned to their career goals. 

 Support options may include:
  • student support for academic, social or behavioural needs in mainstream classes and/ or in the playground 

  • special education classes designed to suit individual/ small group needs  

  • support for a study line to complete assessment, revise work, complete homework 

  • modified, supported assignments 

  • modified, supported exams 

  • support for mainstream assessment 

  • ASDAN - a task-based curriculum focussed on developing knowledge through living and recreational skills.  Students build awareness of social, cultural and environmental topics across three domains: improving their own learning, problem-solving and team work.  Successful completion of ASDAN units is recognised as points towards the QCE.

  • support for transition to post school options, including leisure and recreation   

  • support to complete SET plans (Senior Education and Training Plan) and PFAP (Personal Future Action Plan)

  • alternative programs including travel training, community access and work experience

Support Services

 Case Managers 
  • assigned to each student in the SES
  • liaise with classroom teachers on adjustments required 

  • act as a point of contact for parents to discuss issues that may impact on the students education and participation 

  • meet with parent to determine Individual Education Plan (IEP) and post school transition goals 

  • design and implement behaviour plans and other relevant plans 

School to Work Transition Officer

  • locates work experience opportunities for students in Yr 10,11 & 12 
  • liaises with employers regarding individual student needs in the workplace 

  • support students who require support in a work environment 

  • assists in travel training of students with support needs in reaching their work experience placement 

Teacher Aides

Teacher aides are available to support students in classes and are prioritised based on student need and safety.

Speech Pathologist

The speech pathologist is at the school once per week and works with students who have been identified by the school or parent as having significant communication needs. To access this service, parents need to sign a referral form. As the speech pathologist's time is limited, students are then prioritised for intervention. 

Advisory Teachers

Students who have been diagnosed and verified as having a hearing impairment or visual impairment also have access to an advisory teacher who has specific knowledge in the disability. 

RRAP (Regional Research into Autism Spectrum Disorder Project) 

In 2013, Coombabah will expand support for students on the Autistic Spectrum, incorporating the SPELL model to provide a better structure for support and intervention. This model is adapted from the successful UK program and is supported by Bond University Centre for Autism Research and the More Support for Students with Disability (MSSWD) initiative. It will enable students with ASD to better cope with the demands of school life. The program uses explicit strategies to build self-management and organizational skills, giving students greater responsibility and partnership in their education.  


Should you require any additional information on programs/supports offered by the SES or wish to make an appointment to speak to either Peta Purdon (Head of Special Education Services) or a member of staff, please phone the SES office. 

The SES direct phone number is (07) 5552 3874.