We are proud to hold an autism accreditation from the National Autistic Society.
In order to achieve and maintain this recognition, we have to provide evidence to the NAS that we have a specialist knowledge and understanding of autism, and that this knowledge and understanding informs all our practices and planning.
Autism is a complex life-long neuro-developmental disorder that affects how people communicate with and relate to others, and how they make sense of the world. There is no cure for autism and some people with accompanying severe learning difficulties will need life-long assistance. However, with the right support, help and encouragement, some are able to learn strategies which help in managing their condition. Many will go on to lead independent adult lives.
The causes of autism are complex and continue to be researched. There is a genetic factor. Autism may affect as many as 1 in 100. The majority of those affected are boys. The average age of Autism Spectrum Disorder diagnosis is between five and ten years old, although some young people have traits of autism without a formal diagnosis. Autism sometimes occurs alongside other conditions such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Obsessive Compulsive disorder (OCD), epilepsy or a specific learning difficulty like dyslexia or dyspraxia.
There is a range of problems in autism and some may be more or less severe in each individual. Each person with the diagnosis will be affected in a different way and has a unique profile. High functioning autism has no relation to academic ability level.