In all my years of teaching I never received any specific training in Autism Awareness. That means that I was unable to support those students in my classes who had autistic traits. I like to think that I was more responsive than most with those who did not conform or exhibited what was seen by many as ‘challenging behaviour’.
However, that is not good enough, and I have recognised from my recent research and experience in working with adults with learning disabilities that I did indeed have children with autism in my class and I was ill equipped to give the specific support they required.
That is why it is so important for teachers to be informed about Autism and related conditions which present regularly in class and ensure that students receive the appropriate help and support.
Getting involved in World Autism Awareness Week (27 March–2 April 2017) will change lives. Help raise money and awareness so that as many people as possible learn about autism.
You can begin this process by supporting World Autism Awareness Week.