Changes prompt job loss fear in UK autism school

North Devon, United Kingdom –  Concerns have been raised about Broomhayes specialist residential autism school, as changes in provision may lead to job losses. The school, ran by the National Autistic Society will close it’s residential and day school provision early next year at “a date to be agreed”. The NAS will be working close […]

Eighth Grader who has Autism is Welcomed into School Basketball Team

Jamie Underwood, Lake Mills School, Iowa – is an eighth-grader who has autism and is a basketball player. Jamie has 3 mentors at school, Gary Irons is a special education teacher at Lake Mills, Tammy Hesse is a learner assistant and his coach Dan Rice. Tammy Hesse told the Globe Gazette: “They say for people […]

New autism school for South Australia set to open in 2015

South Australia – There is no school for children diagnosed with autism in South Australia, but plans set in motion this week aim to provide one for the state by 2015. The school which plans to house 45 fee paying pupils will give parents in the state more choice for their children, and is expected […]

Australian study finds autistic teens feel isolated

Autism Daily Newscast report earlier this month on a study published by Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect) that found teens with autism are struggling to cope with school work, bullying, and mental health issues.  The last article focused on the challenges within the school system. This article looks at the broader issues of the study. The study called “We […]

Teenagers with Autism struggle to cope, new Australian study reveals

A new study looking at the social tendencies of teenagers diagnosed with Autism has found that they are more likely to suffer from bullying, isolation and mental health problems than their peers. This type of study is the first of it’s kind to be conducted and was survey based. Questionnaires were given to young people […]

Caring chef at London school for children with autism creates calming and healthy lunchtimes

London, UK – This past weekend The Guardian wrote a piece about a London school for children with autism ‘revolutionising’ lunchtimes. Queensmill school that is located near Shepherd’s Bush in West London has 140 pupils, ranging from the age of 2 to 19. Many of the children are preverbal and use a PECS based system to […]

School makes it policy that there is no such thing as a naughty child

Last week I read an interesting article in the Daily Mail online about a school in Lancashire, that has now made it policy to not label children as naughty. Headteacher Rachel Tomlinson, of Barrowford Primary school told the Mail on Sunday: ‘We don’t label children naughty at all. It’s important that they seem themselves as […]

Change in Minneapolis public school program for children with autism sparks protest – w/video

Minneapolis — A change in the city’s program for children with autism in public schools has sparked protest among parents caring for children on the spectrum. Public schools in Minneapolis will no longer be including children on the lower end of the spectrum to their autism program, with the hope of keeping the children closer to […]

Update – Family of boy who was repeatedly hit by teacher, awarded $350k lawsuit settlement

On May 16 we reported on the distressing story, Student with autism allegedly hit by teacher. 65-year-old Janet Carrie Williams, a teacher at Greene Valley State School for children with learning differences, was charged with third-degree assault and endangering the welfare of a child. It has now been reported that a federal judge has approved […]

School provides in-class haircuts for students with ASD – with video

Okemos, MI – School officials at Okemos Public Montessori Central are providing students on the spectrum with the unique opportunity to be given trims and haircuts in their classrooms. Because many children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)  have sensory sensitivities, receiving a haircut can often be a difficult experience for both youngsters as well as their parents. […]