Aspect @ Ss Peter & Paul

As of the start of the year we have extended our Ss Peter & Paul Catholic Primary School to include the Southern branch of Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect). Staff and students from Aspect have settled in nicely to the new surrounds and are very much a part of our school community, joining assemblies and playtimes.


Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect), a not-for-profit organization, has been providing educational services for children with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) since 1966. Our educational services, for school aged students with an ASD, has grown to become amongst the largest in the world.

Through our network of eight independent schools, we provide autism-specific, evidence based programs for children from the age of four years. Aspect schools operate from over 50 locations and cater to over 900 students. Our goal is to help students develop the skills to become as independent as possible and to enable them to.

We tailor our learning environments to the special needs of students with an ASD. Class sizes are small with a high teacher to student ratio. All classes include a teacher and a teacher’s aide. Aspect schools have a transition focus aimed at preparing students for educational environments that are not autism-specific. These settings include mainstream schools and support classes, or special schools in NSW Department of Education and Communities, Catholic and Independent schools.

Our specialised, autism-specific intensive educational service is based on a particular approach we have developed – The Aspect Comprehensive Approach for Education (ACA-E). It recognises the educational needs of all school age children on the autism spectrum and includes a specialised curriculum with a focus on skills training, underpinned by individual assessment and planning. It is based upon the core competencies of autism, including social, communication, sensory, learning and behavioural needs which are integrated into the NSW Board of Studies curriculum.

The Aspect South Coast School, established in 1986, has its base site in Corrimal and satellite classes at Bellambi, Parameadows and Barrack Heights DEC schools and now Ss Peter and Paul’s Catholic Primary School. There are currently 16 classes catering for 107 students with an ASD aged from 4 to 12 years. The school has additional educational outreach and family support services.

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Phone 42852393

Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect) ABN 12 000 637 267

Building 1, Level 2, 14 Aquatic Drive Frenchs Forest NSW 2086

PO Box 361 Forestville NSW 2087

T 02 8977 8300