What is autism?
Autism is a lifelong, developmental disability that affects how a person communicates with and relates to other people, and how they experience the world around them.
Autism is a spectrum condition. All autistic people share certain difficulties, but being autistic will affect them in different ways. Some autistic people also have learning disabilities, mental health issues or other conditions, meaning people need different levels of support. All people on the autism spectrum learn and develop. With the right sort of support, all can be helped to live a more fulfilling life of their own choosing.
At Thorpe Lea, we strive to be an inclusive school that supports all learners. To support our inclusive ethos, we regularly discuss with the children differences between ourselves and others and celebrate that it is okay to be different. For World Autism Awareness Week 2019, the children attended an assembly that informed and educated the children about what Autism is and how people with Autism may see the world around them; they met Julia, a character from Sesame Street who has autism and watched a video clip from the National Autistic Society.
Below are some useful links to resources, videos and information.
National Autistic Society - https://www.autism.org.uk/about.aspx
Sesame Street and Autism - https://autism.sesamestreet.org/