New guidance to help professionals identify autism in children and
provide support in the classroom has been launched by the
Produced by the autism working group, the guidance draws attention
to the increasing numbers of children identified as having autism
spectrum disorders and is intended to raise awareness of the
problem. It gives schools and local education authorities practical
advice on recognising and dealing with autism.
The first part of the guidance provides information on autistic
spectrum disorders, while the second gives practical pointers on
good practice so that schools and LEAs can review and develop their
Among its recommendations are the creation of quiet areas in
schools, recognising light sensitivity, and evaluating speech and
language therapy to ensure that children with autistic disorders
get help in developing communication and social skills.