Autism, what is it?
Autism is a developmental disorder that affects communication, social interaction, flexibility in thinking and sensory processing. This means that children with autism can have trouble understanding what people are saying and the emotions displayed. Sometimes the environment around a child can have a significant impact on their ability to focus and learn effectively.
It is useful to remember that:
- Nobody knows exactly why autism happens.
- People with autism don’t always understand what is happening around them.
- Language and sounds can become confused.
- Sometimes people with autism will repeat a sound or behaviour over and over.
- People with autism find it hard to make eye contact and may avoid looking at you.
At Tollgate we:
- Remember that children with autism are different and part of our community. We don’t laugh at them or play games which are upsetting.
- We help children by being kind and trying to understand and communicate clearly and simply.
- Make sure that all children are invited to join in our games even if sometimes we have to change our game to make them welcome.
- Ask adults for support if we are unsure what to do in any situation.