James learns and belongs

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Student background

Student James
Age 10
Year 5
School Primary

James attends his local rural primary school. He has autism and some difficulties in motor control, which affects tasks such as climbing stairs, holding a pencil, and using a spoon. James does not speak but he is beginning to use the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) to initiate communication.

James is hypersensitive to noise and enjoys calm routines. The school receives ongoing and reviewable resourcing schemes (ORRS) funding, which includes specialist teacher support one day a week. The class teachers have full-time teacher aide support for James. Both his younger and older sister also attend the school.