Charities call for mandatory training on autism for all teachers Admin March 31, 2016 Ad Blocker Detected Our website is made possible by displaying online advertisements to our visitors. Please consider supporting us by disabling your ad blocker. Refresh Letter calls on education secretary Nicky Morgan to include autism in revised teacher training framework The letter calls on Nicky Morgan to include training on autism in initial teacher training framework that is currently under review. Photograph: Nick Ansell/PA Two autism charities have written a letter to the Guardian calling for all teachers in England to be trained in autism, saying that without this children with autism risk being misunderstood and marginalised. The letter calls for autism to be included in the initial teacher training framework for England, which is under review by the government. The signatories include MPs and school staff. Put together by the National Autistic Society (NAS) and Ambitious about Autism, the campaign argues that with more than 1% of children on the autism spectrum and almost three-quarters of them in mainstream schools, virtually every teacher will have autistic students in a class at some point. However, they note, training connected to autism is not mandatory, while some teachers have no training in special educational needs of any kind. 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.” 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.” An NAS survey last year found 58% of children and young people on the autism spectrum said the change that would most improve school for them would be better understanding from teachers. Separate research by Ambitious aboutAutism found more than half of parents had kept a child with autism from school because of a lack of proper support there. The wider issues facing people with autism have been highlighted recently, with astudy by another autism charity released last week saying premature deaths among autistic people are at “shocking levels”. There has also been considerable coverage of the case of Matthew Garnett, a 15-year-old with autism, ADHD and anxiety, who spent six months in a secure mental health treatment unit because of a lack of specialist care places. A Department for Education spokesman said: “We want every child to receive the best education possible, including those with special educational needs or disabilities (Send). “All teachers are already trained in how to support children with special educational needs as part of their teacher training and on top of that we have commissioned an independent group of experts to develop a new framework for core initial teacher training content – with Send being a key part of that. “Since 2011, we have also funded the Autism Education Trust to provide training for early years, school and further education staff, and 90,000 have already benefited from this.” Via : theguardian Share Tweet Google+ Linkedin Stumble Pinterest Email Prev Article Next Article Related Articles Children with autism have difficulty getting organized, transitioning from one … Admin September 18, 2016 How to Create a Picture Schedule for Autistic Children Sensory sensitivity is just one battle someone with autism may … Admin November 6, 2017 Experience 60 seconds of how it feels to live with autism. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.