This week is the first ever Schools’ Autism Awareness Week (14-18 March). In the UK, at least 1 in every hundred people have Autism, so it is vital that children and teachers are able to understand and empathise in our schools.
Raising awareness of Autism is crucial while there is still such a pressing need for further research in this field, and because of the vast spectrum of the condition (as highlighted in the report by the charity Autistica, which was released today).
In East Surrey, we are incredibly fortunate to have two fantastic specialist schools (Sunnydown School for boys, in Caterham and Limpsfield Grange School for girls, in Oxted) tailoring their teaching to the needs of Autistic children, whilst at the same time raising awareness locally.
Early intervention and diagnosis (pre-school or primary school age) ensures the best outcomes so any increase in awareness is going to help parents and teachers. If you wish to know more, or need advice, please visit The National Autistic Society’s website: http://www.autism.org.uk