Hills News, 26th April 2011:
Among last year's kindergarten intake at Our Lady of Fatima Primary School Caringbah were several children with high-support needs.
The school has extensive experience educating the full range of learners, but the unusually high number called for a new approach that heavily favoured the children's integration with regular classes.
The success of the "creative" supported integration model has now seen the children sail through kindergarten and ready to move up to grade 1.
With funding for special needs students across the education sector at a premium, Our Lady of Fatima — like many schools — decided to look at innovative ways to best support the five students, two of whom had Down syndrome, and one each with William's syndrome, mosaic cell-line deformity, and sensory integration difficulties.
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