Two autism charities have released an open letter signed by more than 7,000 people calling for all teachers in England to be trained in autism, saying that without this children with autism risk being misunderstood and marginalised.Yet more stuff teachers need to be trained in.
Remember when they were just expected to know how to impart knowledge?
Mark Lever, the chief executive of the NAS, said thousands of autistic children were being disadvantaged every year.
He said: “This is one of the reasons that children on the autism spectrum are four times more likely to be excluded than those without special educational needs.”If their behaviour is such that they need to be excluded, does it matter what label they wear while doing so?
He continued: “We don’t expect teachers to be experts in autism. But a basic knowledge of the lifelong disability and where to go for extra help would make a huge difference to their students.
“For instance, many children on the autism spectrum are so sensitive to light or sound that an overhead light or humming computer can be physically painful and make it almost impossible to follow a lesson. Simple changes, like to the seating arrangement so the student is away from the light or letting them wear ear defenders, can make a huge difference.”How are they supposed to hear lessons? Or fire alarms, for that matter?
But expect the rise in ‘autism’ to continue, once the benefit classes realise it’s a bona fide excuse for all sorts of misbehaviour.