Specialised Learning Program for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Potential student eligibility and needs assessment:

  • a multi-disciplinary diagnosis of autism without accompanying intellectual impairment
  • eligibility for enrolment in Western Australian public schools in Kindergarten to year 6
  • independent self-management of personal care requirements
  • transport to be facilitated by families

SLP at Samson Primary School


Contact email:


One Classroom


About John Schad - Program coordinator:

John Schad is a teacher who has been working with individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in 1999. Before migrating to Perth from the United States, he worked for over 12 years at the Princeton Child Development Institute (PCDI) – a private, centre-based educational program for individuals with autism.   During his employment there he attended Holy Family University and received a Masters of Education, with duel certifications in Primary Education and Special Education.   While at PCDI he worked in a variety of roles including teacher and trainer in the institute’s Adult Life-Skills Program.  This included a five-year appointment at Mountainview, one of the Institute’s group homes, where he resided with his family and 5 individuals with autism, under the Teaching Family model of intervention.

He moved to Australia in 2011 and began working  at the School of Special Educational Needs: Disability (SSEND) as a Consulting Teacher with the Autism Education Service, providing support to schools and students with ASD, presenting on the use of evidence based interventions in educational settings throughout the state, consulted with the Accelerated Learning Program for Students with Autism until being appointment to the role of Program Coordinator of the Specialist Learning Program for Students with ASD here at Samson Primary School.  While at SSEND he completed Board Certification Behaviour Analyst (BCBA) graduate certification program at the University of West Florida.

He served on the Board for Behaviour Analysis Australia (ABAA) from 2019-2021 and currently sits on the Western Australian Autism Diagnosticians’ Forum (WAADF) board.