What is ASD?
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental disability caused by differences in the brain. People with ASD often have problems with social communication and interaction, and restricted or repetitive behaviors or interests. People with ASD may also have different ways of learning, moving, or paying attention.
Watch the video below to find out more:
Click to read NHS Guide to Autism
If your child is diagnosed with ASD, you can access support from Dudley Autism Outreach Service which is part of Dudley's Local Offer. The service offers support for children, families and schools and at Oldswinford, we work closely with the agency in partnership with parents.
As an inclusive school, we feel it is important to be educated about and celebrate our diverse nature, whether that be in terms of ethnicity, culture, religion, or in this case, neurodiversity.
During 'World Autism Acceptance Week' in April, we had a special whole school worship, thinking about how we are all different. We watched a video to help us understand the world through the eyes of someone with Autism. We also thought about how we can be good friends and support each others' needs.
Worship was supported by some very courageous children who shared their views on their diagnosis, told us what they are good at, what they struggle with and what they would like their friends to understand about them. They were inspirational and we were all very proud of them. We also watched this video: Amazing Things Happen - by Alexander Amelines - YouTube
If your children come home with some questions about Autism and we would encourage them to have a healthy curiosity and meaningful discussions about what has been raised. This website is also full of useful information: The National Autistic Society- https://www.autism.org.uk/