autism

Spotting The Early Signs Of Autism

Little boy with Autism reading a book

THE PERSON-CENTRED APPROACH: an individualistic outlook for children with autism spectrum condition

When working with an individual with Autism Spectrum Condition (ASC), it is important to start with a holistic assessment of a person’s cognitive, sensory, motor and communication needs as a first step to positive outcomes. It’s crucial that staff know what’s important to the person, their identified needs, and what’s working or not working from their perspective. This information is gathered from the individual, who is at the centre of the process, as well as the people involved in their lives. This is called a Person-Centred Approach.

Autism’s Got Talent 2019

Participants of Autism’s Got Talent

Audience blown away at Autism’s Got Talent as children and adults with autism demonstrate what they CAN do at the Mermaid Theatre

Standing ovations were the name of the game at this year’s Autism’s Got Talent when children and adult performers with autism from across the UK, Ireland and India came together to showcase their talent and to demonstrate what they CAN do on stage at The Mermaid Theatre, London. 

Why autistic children love the great outdoors

Autistic children playing outdoors
By Michelle Beekharry, Head of Physical Education at TreeHouse School, London

As a child, I loved the outdoors and spent a lot of my childhood playing in the garden, walking in the woods and throwing pebbles in the sea. My love of being outdoors is part of the reason I chose to become a physical education teacher and currently I work at a special school for autistic children aged between three and 19 years. I firmly believe that whatever their ability or disability, all children should spend part of their day being involved in some form of physical activity.

Raise Awareness of Autism by wearing Silly Socks

Men Raise Awareness of Autism by wearing Silly Socks

1 in 100 people in the UK have a diagnosis of autism and there will be thousands more individuals across the country living without a diagnosis. Autism Awareness Week, which runs from the 1st-7th April is a world recognised week that provides a platform for everyone to talk about this complex, life-long condition which affects the development of communication, social and life skills, affecting how individuals perceive the world and interact with others. 

The power of focus: new app Tiimo offers structure for pupils with autism

Melissa Würtz Azari, co-founder and CPO at Tiimo

Melissa Würtz Azari, co-founder and CPO at Tiimo, the assistive technology app that provides visual guidance and structure to those affected by ADHD, ADD and autism, comments on using technology to help pupils focus…

Cognitive deficit disorders can make daily life a little messy for the person affected and for those around them – and when we find ourselves in a tangled and confusing situation, the thing we need most is focus. While technology has traditionally been seen as a source of distraction – especially for children and young adults – we decided to use this fundamental aspect of our daily lives as a source of help, a useful tool to re-centre and find focus. 

Why marketers need greater neurodiversity

nerodiversity - a man points at a screen

by Mark Evans, Marketing Director, Direct Line Group

Despite contributing over £120bn to the UK economy, marketing is one of the most misunderstood industries amongst young people. As a result fewer people are considering becoming a marketer than ever before. According to research by Unidays, just 3% of students aged 18 to 24 believe marketing is a good career option, and only 2% believe it is the best career for long-term success. Marketing clearly needs to get better at marketing itself! 

Pupils with autism twice as likely to be bullied – what can teachers do? 

Tania Marshall, autism education expert

Primary pupils with special educational needs are twice as likely as other children to be bullied, according to the Institute of Education. Here, Tania Marshall, M.Sc., award-winning author, psychologist, AspienGirl Project lead for girls with Autism or Asperger Syndrome, and Autism Ambassador for Education Placement Group, specialists in education recruitment, discusses the key signs that indicate a female student with autism is being bullied as well as some strategies for preventing this harmful behaviour…

What to keep in mind when teaching pupils with autism

Tania Marshall on teaching pupils with autism

Tania Marshall, M.Sc. – an award-winning author, psychologist, AspienGirl Project lead for girls with Autism or Asperger Syndrome, and Autism Ambassador for Education Placement Group which specialises in education recruitment – discusses best practice for teaching pupils on the autism spectrum, primarily focusing on high-functioning females…

Characteristics of autism in girls and boys and presentation in school 

Girls and boys with autism present quite differently to one another in school – and also across the lifespan. Generally speaking, both differ in terms of the severity of their symptoms, personality, IQ, social skills, sensory processing sensitivities, cognitive profile, disorders and learning disabilities. 

Inclusive Festival raises autism awareness in the community  

A child plays with the dog mascot at Inclusive Festival

Options Roxby House celebrated a fantastic day in Scunthorpe as they hosted their annual Inclusive Festival: an opportunity to raise awareness for autism and bring together friends, families and the local community. 

The August festival was organised by Options Autism, part of Outcomes First Group – a national provider of care and education to children, young people and adults with autism, complex needs and learning difficulties. The main aim was to raise awareness of autism, fundraise and involve the local community. The festival was a resounding success - the sun shone for most of the day, resulting in a relaxed and open-air event and more than £1,500 was raised.  

Child mental health diagnosis: the need to be trauma informed

Dr Margot Sunderland, Director of Education and Training at The Centre for Child Mental Health

Dr Margot Sunderland, Director of Education and Training at The Centre for Child Mental Health, writes about trauma and loss and how teachers and other agencies must be well-informed to ensure correct diagnoses…

 

Of course many diagnoses given to children are accurate. Moreover, for some conditions, such as autism spectrum disorder, there is indisputable neurological evidence. That being said, what follows is a concern with misdiagnosis, which, in so many cases is utterly preventable if we are trauma informed.