Major: Communication Sciences and Disorders
Woodbury School was formed with the goal of setting up the first wholly Applied Behaviour Analysis ("ABA") school in Australia for children with autism and related disorders. Woodbury is the first wholly ABA based school in Australia. Woodbury opened at the beginning of the 2006 academic year and in 2008 is pleased to be able accommodate 32 children. Children from the age of 4.5 years-13 years are eligible for enrollment. Woodbury aims to make available to the autistic community of NSW teaching strategies that are scientifically proven to maximize the likelihood of children with autism reaching functional adulthood.
Sarah's pre-trip thoughts
Internship: Woodbury Autism Education and Research and The Lizard Centre (2 different placements) as a speech pathology intern. Both of these places provide services for children with autism. They target communication, social skills, play and leisure, independent living skills, motor skills as well as academic skills through Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA).
Why are you participating in the Augustana in Australia program? This program will be an excellent hands-on opportunity to experience work in my field as well as a new culture.
What value do you hope to add back to the internship site? I hope to apply the skills I've learned through my clinical experience at Augustana, as well as my internship as the Illinois School for the Deaf, to accommodate children with different types of disabilities.
What do you hope to learn on your internship? I hope to learn about Australian culture and new activities and teaching strategies for intervention.
Where do you plan to travel during your term "down under"? I plan to go sky-diving over the Great Barrier Reef as well as snorkeling. I also hope to visit New Zealand, Fraser Island, and Cairns.
What do you anticipate to be the highlight of your experience "down under"? Experiencing Australian culture, meeting new people, and learning more about my field.