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Our Blog will include contributions from a number of autism specialists. Lynn, Matt and Emma work for Reachout ASC, plus occasional guest bloggers.
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Lynn McCann

Have you noticed? Girls on the Autistic Spectrum.

​ I've recently worked with some schools to assess and apply for an autism diagnosis for girls.  What was interesting was that each school had had some autism training from me and began to realise that these girls showed some of the same characteristics that I had spoken about.   For some, the diagnosis was straight forward.   However, for at least one, it was not so.  (continued below...)

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Welcome to our Blog!

Whether you are a parent, carer, teacher, health professional or someone on the Autism spectrum, we hope you'll find this blog useful and  informative.  (Read more to meet the team...)

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Whats in a Name? Understanding Autism Labels.

It was in 2004 and I was working as an EYFS teacher that I first heard the term autism.  This was strange in itself as I'd already been teaching since 1991 and had done a lot of SEN training as a student, a teacher and then as a SENCO. Two boys in my class came with Statements, one saying 'Autism' and the other 'Aspergers Syndrome'.   Each boy was very different.   One mainly communicated by screaming, the other had language.   We were lucky, early on we had some training about autism, put the strategies in place and we got through the year, learning together.  The boy with the 'Autism' label went to a special school after that, the other continued in mainstream, left high school last year and is now at college.

It was those boys who sparked my fascination with autism and soon after that year I left to pursue my career in a specialist autism school, did my autism qualifications and ended up using my mainstream experience to support other schools as I set up the outreach service from the specialist school. (Continued....)

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​Help! I've Got a Child with Autism in My Class

Don't panic

If you are getting a child with autism in your class for the first time this September, you may have heard many things about autism which makes you nervous about being able to meet the child needs within your class this year.  The first thing to remember is that every child with autism is different, has their own strengths as well as difficulties and with the right support can usually have a successful year in your class.

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Great post, tried to rate this as 5, and it came up as 3, not sure how to change it, think it's because I used my phone...
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Guest — Sarah
Excellent! I'm a parent of 4 sons, 3 with ASD and I work as a TA in eyfs, do think it's a fabulous starting point for anyone new t... Read More
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