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Student Tom
Age 10
Year 5/6
School Primary

Tom enjoys numbers and the computer. Tom has autism and attends a small Catholic primary school in a rural town. He is in a class of 22 children. Tom’s school receives ongoing and reviewable resourcing schemes (ORRS) funding to support Tom’s learning; he has 0.1 FTE support from a specialist teacher and 27.66 hours of teacher aide support per week

Tom is non-verbal and communicates by using sounds, body language, and occasionally picture cards. He is generally passive and his face shows little animation when he is learning. Tom would prefer to be on his own.