Woodbury is a small independent school for children with Autism. 



Autism is a lifelong pervasive developmental disorder that affects many aspects of a person’s life. Typically persons afflicted with autism experience difficulties in communication, play and socialisation, self help and behaviour. 



Autism does not discriminate. It has no boundaries, it affects people from all socio-economic backgrounds.

 What one person has excesses in, another has deficits. Many people with autism are oversensitive to noise, or just don’t appear to feel pain. For a person with autism, the world is a very confusing place. 

Children with autism have to be taught to learn and to make sense of their confusing world.

The prevalence of autism is increasing. There is no clear cause and there is no quick fix. 

The best chance in life for a child with autism to reach their full potential and become fully functioning adults is for them to receive best practice teaching from a very young age.



Applied Behaviour Analysis – ABA, is such a teaching methodology and Woodbury is the only fully ABA school in Australia.

ABA is the use of behaviour analysis to modify human behaviour. Each skill is broken down into smaller more achievable steps, using positive reinforcement to encourage behaviours we want to occur. Initially children are taught in a 1:1 staff ratio, moving to a lesser ratio and more group based teaching once they have developed the skills to learn this way.

Our teaching programs cover many areas including academics, self help, speech and communication, and behaviour modification. 

This method of teaching requires a high staff:student ratio, the school is very expensive for families. This year alone the fees are just under $40,000.

Some of our families who have been at the school since it opened in 2006 have invested over $300,00 for schooling alone on their child. With minimal government funding available, the majority of our income is derived from parent contributions. In addition to families paying high fees, they are required to actively fundraise to keep fees to a minimum. This places enormous pressure on families who are already dealing with such a high level of stress in their lives by having a child with a lifelong disability. 



Living in a country like Australia, providing your child with an appropriate education should not be a financial decision for families but it is happening more and more. Not giving a child what they want is one thing, but not giving a child what they need just shouldn’t happen.

We need your financial assistance to lighten to the load for families and make Woodbury accessible for more children.

Please give generously and help our very special children shine.

WOODBURY

Woodbury is a small independent school for children with autism that uses the principles of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) to teach children the skills they require to live independently as adults, and hopefully take their rightful place in the community as fully functioning adults. Our programs address such areas as communication, behaviour, academics, social and play skills, and daily living skills.

ABA is evidence-based, and proven to be the best treatment for children with autism.

Due to the high level of staff and expertise required to implement an ABA program within the school environment, and limited government funding being available, families actively fundraise to keep fees to a minimum. This places pressure on families who are already enduring a higher level of stress in their lives by caring for a child with a lifelong disability.

Living in a country like Australia, providing your child with an appropriate education should not have to be a financial decision for families. Not giving a child what they want is one thing, but not giving a child what they need due to financial reasons shouldn’t be a decision parents have to make.

We need your financial assistance to lighten the load for families and to help make Woodbury accessible for more children.

Please support Woodbury and help our special children shine.

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