Autism Spectrum Disorder
Autism - ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) is a lifelong developmental disorder that impacts on how a person communicates with, and relates to, other people.
It's estimated that about 1 in every 100 people in the UK has ASD. More boys are diagnosed with the condition than girls.
Infants with ASD often don’t use other vocal sounds. Older children have problems interacticting with others – for example, they have difficulty with eye contact, facial expressions, body language and gestures. They may give no or brief eye contact and ignore familiar or unfamiliar people.
Autism effects people differently. Some people require a high level of specialist support, others are more able to function independently.
Support in school & nurseries
Children and young people who have a diagnosis of autism will be on Staged Intervention at level 2, 3 or 4.
There will be meetings in their school or nursery to plan how best to support them. Support will be provided by their class teacher, support staff and the support for learning teacher. They may also have support from others. Some examples are educational psychologist, speech and language therapist and ASD outreach teacher.
The Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Outreach Team consists of teachers and a support for learning assistant (SLA), who have knowledge and experience of working with children who have a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder, or experience similar difficulties.