Cooper is a 12-year-old boy in Year 7 who attends a regional city high school. He is part of an Aboriginal family.
Cooper presents with cerebral palsy and has a moderate hearing impairment in both ears. He wears orthotics and hearing aids.
Cooper is able to walk independently, but his occupational therapist (OT) has recommended adjustments to physical activities in some curriculum areas, for example, physical education. Cooper accesses a private OT outside of school hours.
Cooper’s teacher is using a sound field system that links with Cooper’s hearing aids to ensure that he is able to tune in and focus on classroom activities.
To improve his speech production and literacy skills, Cooper accesses support from both a literacy intervention teacher and a school-based speech pathologist twice a week. Both the speech pathologist and literacy teacher review his progress with his classroom teacher to ensure transference of skills. Cooper and his classroom teacher are also supported by an itinerant (visiting) teacher who provides specialist support around adjustments for hearing and physical impairment.
Cooper’s parents are aware of the supports in place and regularly communicate either via email or over the phone.