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 […]

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. […]

Boy with autism suspended after taking rock to school to fend off bullies – w/video

McEwen, Tenn – A young boy with autism has faced disciplinary action by officials after bringing a rock to school in an effort to protect himself from bullying. Zach Williams had frequently been targeted by bullies at McEwan Middle School and after becoming frustrated by the ill treatment he was receiving from his peers, resorted […]

Child with autism put in trashcan by his teacher – w/video

Marietta, Georgia — A teacher from the Mt. Bethel Elementary School in Atlanta was charged last week with cruelty to children after she allegedly put a child with autism in a trash can. According to a report filed by the Cobb County Police, the incident happened after an after-school program, while the child was having a […]