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Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that affects how a person communicates with, and relates to, other people. It also affects how they make sense of the world around them.
It is a spectrum condition, which means that, while all people with autism share certain difficulties, their condition will affect them in different ways. Some people with autism are able to live relatively independent lives but others may have accompanying learning disabilities and need a lifetime of specialist support. People with autism may also experience over- or under-sensitivity to sounds, touch, tastes, smells, light or colours.
Asperger syndrome is a form of autism. People with Asperger syndrome are often of average or above average intelligence. They have fewer problems with speech but may still have difficulties with understanding and processing language.
At Shepwell we have a number of pupils identified as being on the autism spectrum who need something more than mainstream school. Many struggled at mainstream and now flourish because being in a small and personalised environment supports their needs.
When parents are informed that their child has a diagnosis of autism, it can be worrying for some parents, but some it’s a relief because they can now understand their child’s symptoms. At Shepwell, supporting parents very important and we offer support and signpost parents in various different ways.
Parent Support Network for Autism is a local group run by parents for parents. The group gives parents the opportunity to learn from one another, share their own experiences and support one another. Click on the links below to learn more about PSNA.
The Shepwell School: Short Stay School and Home & Hospital Tuition Services
Bilston Lane, Willenhall, West Midlands, WV13 2QJ
Tel: 01902 632719 | Fax: 01902 608081 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org