Principal's Welcome

It is with pleasure that I welcome you and your child/ren to our unique and progressive school. We offer an early years program for 300+ young children with Autism Spectrum Disorder in Prep to Grade 3 (ages 4.5 to 9) and specific programs for secondary age students.

 Western Autistic School is a government-funded school. We offer a short term intensive open pathways option for our students. The early years school program focuses on foundation skills in social communication, emotional skills, language, learning and academic skills. It aims to help the children successfully to move on to their neighborhood school. Our Outreach follows the children into these schools.

 At our school, teaching teams supported by expert therapists work with small groups of children.  Utilising proven teaching practice, an individual learning plan is developed for each child in consultation between parents and staff. The foundation of our teaching is the child’s own interests and motivations, believing as we do that children will learn new skills and build self-esteem through developing their strengths. We emphasise the welfare, inclusion and happiness of each child.

 As part of the school’s mission, WAS is actively involved in research and training. It has a dedicated research unit, the Practical Research Autism Centre (PRAC), and a registered training provider The Autism Teaching Institute (ATI), which provides post-graduate qualifications to professionals working with people with ASD. Further information about WAS and its branches is available at,,

 We look forward to welcoming you to our school, and invite you to come and visit and meet the children and staff.


Mary Thomson

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