Eligibility, Process & Fees
To be eligible to enrol at Woodbury and Rubens Place, your child must have a primary diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder
The Diagnosis must be supported by a formal assessment and report from a Psychiatrist or Clinical Psychologist using the DSM-V and should include evidence of persistent impairment in reciprocal social communication and social interaction, and restricted repetitive patterns of behaviour, interest and activities.
Symptoms must be present from early childhood and limit or impair everyday functioning. The report/ diagnosis must be no more than 2 years old at the time of enrolment.
**This formal assessment is not necessary for Rubens Place Enrolment
Children with multiple diagnoses or associated disorders will also be considered provided their primary diagnosis is that of Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Children may be of any sex, race, or socio-economic status.
Children must be aged between 4 years and 6 months, and 7 years and 11 months as of the 1st of February of the year of commencement at Woodbury.
For Rubens Place, children must be aged between 3 years and 6 months, and 4 years and 11 months as of the 1st of February of the year of commencement of the program.
As a small school, enrolment is dependent on an appropriate vacancy within a classroom being available.This ensures children are placed with appropriate peers, and in a setting which best meets their needs.
There are 7 steps to the application process:
1. The application form is provided, following the initial family visit. This provides us with information on the child, their education history, and an overview of their skills. This is submitted with a $100 processing fee.
2. The application is reviewed to determine all eligibility requirements and general criteria are met.
3. An initial assessment will be scheduled during which time your child’s skills and behaviours assessed within a classroom setting.
4. Our clinical team meet to review all elements of the application, associated documentation and outcome of the assessment to determine child’s suitability to Woodbury at the current time.
5. Final Decision. Our Clinical Director will advise you of the outcome and in conjunction with parents will determine if Woodbury is the appropriate placement at this time.
6. Formal placement offer is sent via letter, along with enrolment pack and relevant information.
7. Upon acceptance and returning of forms, a non-refundable fee payment of $1000 to be made, which will be deducted from your first term fees.
Woodbury Autism Education and Research is a registered charity, and as such, 75% of your fees are tax deductible. A small percentage of your fees may also be claimable through the NDIS, if your NDIS package allows.
Rubens Place fees are fully claimable if the correct package supports are in place through the NDIS.
For further discussion around fees, please don’t hesitate to contact us on (02) 9639 6152.
For information on transport options for your child, please visit the NSW Education website on the link below.