Leadership

Autism Difference, not Deficit

Providing support for students with autism can make a world of difference. Bob Lowndes from the Autism Education Trust shares his advice and practical tips on supporting children with autism in your setting.
Autistic pupil playing with sensory wall

With the latest prevalence studies indicating that more than 1 in 100 children and young people are on the autism spectrum in the UK, it is very likely that you have one or more children with autism in your setting. Boys are five times more likely to be diagnosed with autism than girls, but it’s important to mention that girls are under-diagnosed and their numbers might be much higher than reported. Autism is hard to detect in some young people and there may be children in your setting who are not yet diagnosed. This article will give you some practical advice on recognising signs of possible autism, what to do if you suspect a child has autism and also ways to support children on the autism spectrum in your setting.

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