Learning and other issues

Boy with headphones looking out the window at the airport

Many students on the autism spectrum have cognitive skills in the average range. Parents and teachers, however, are aware that students on the autism spectrum are not always able to access the curriculum as well as their peers without autism. For many students, difficulties in understanding the content, participating appropriately and achieving educational outcomes is not directly related to cognitive difficulties. A teacher’s understanding of the characteristics of autism and their impact on learning and engagement has implications for the educational outcomes of school-aged students on the autism spectrum.

This section aims to provide teachers and parents with information about a range of barriers that may be limiting students’ capacity to accessing the curriculum at school.