Case Study – Highlighting a ROCC Star School – Coomera State Special School

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This post is a spotlight on Coomera State Special School. Situated on the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia, 

Let’s hear what their team have answered to our questions about ROCC. 

About ROCC Star Schools

Throughout 2023, we will be sharing the ROCC’in work some of our ‘ROCC Star Schools’ are doing.

The aim is to learn from each other by hearing about the ways that our community of schools is using the ROCC.

Today, we are sharing the experiences that Coomera State Special School have had with the ROCC. A huge thank you to Coomera State Special School for sharing this with us all!

About Coomera State Special School

Queensland’s Coomera State Special School provides an educational program to support students from reception right through to year 12 with a suspected or verified intellectual disability. Students may also have additional disabilities including autism,  and/or physical, hearing or vision impairment.

Front view Coomera State Special School building

Q – How do you use the ROCC to assess, plan and evaluate communication outcomes?

We are a brand new school, in our second year of operation. We are mindful of introducing too much information too fast for our staff so have created an AAC focus group that have undertaken the ROCC training first and scored a small number of students. In a recent twilight session after school our focus group staff have led small groups of teachers and support staff to score students in other classrooms. This provided much rich and insightful conversations between colleagues.

Q – What do you love about ROCC?

The staff have noted that it is very easy to use and working through the domains has been helpful to see where their students are sitting and to look at next steps in their communication journey.

Q – What are your next steps or future plans with ROCC?

Again, as we are new to this we will now look at the strategies we can use to move our students forward. As a team we intend to create data cards for each student and create a data wall.

Tell us about a highlight or break through that has happened for an individual, a staff member, class or the whole school following your use of the ROCC?

Through our recent staff twilight session some discussions came up about what it is perceived that the student can do in the classroom compared to what they can do in the community. This elicited many rich discussions.

What’s your top tip for other ROCC users? 

Trust the process. Consider doing a couple of assessments on paper first before you go online.


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