St Anthony's - Local Area Supported Integration Program
The Local Area Supported Integration (LASI) program offers the opportunity for children to participate in a mainstream child care centre and receive the required support to benefit from the experience.
For families who are interested in accessing their local centre, an appropriate service will be sought and the child / family will be supported through the enrolment process. To ensure that both the centre and the staff directly involved in working with the child are well supported, training will be offered covering a range of disability issues.
Alternatively, the program can be accessed by staff and families where a child with autism currently attends an inclusive child care centre. Staff will be given support and training in identifying appropriate activities for the child, to address issues with challenging behaviours, and to facilitate inclusion.
An Individual Education Plan will be developed for the child, and staff will be trained in how to implement the plan and identify suitable activities to be included in the program. Centre staff will be trained and supported to include children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. Support from St Anthony’s will initially be intensive and would reduce over a period of time as the child settles into the routine and the staff become confident and skilled in the necessary techniques.
- $180 per half day (or part thereof) including assessment, sourcing suitable centre, onsite training / support and administration.