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NAS SCHOOL EXCLUSION SERVICE FOR PARENTS

The School Exclusions Service offers advice and information to parents of children and young people with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) on all aspects of school exclusion in England. This includes advice on informal (illegal) exclusions; fixed period and permanent exclusions; how to challenge your child's exclusion and what you can do if you are concerned that your child is at risk of exclusion.


Children with autism are particularly vulnerable to being excluded from school. Sometimes behaviour associated with this hidden disability can be confused with disobedience because of a lack of awareness of the condition by both pupils and adults in school. Sometimes a pupil with autism, trying to cope with the unstructured social aspects of school life, can feel overwhelmed and become anxious, stressed and aggressive, resulting in a meltdown.


Headteachers may feel that exclusion is the only solution in order to maintain the safety and well-being of other pupils. Indeed it may be the case that a mainstream school is not the most appropriate setting for a particular child. However, disruptive behaviour can be an indication of unmet needs and schools have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to policies and practices to ensure that pupils with ASD also feel safe, confident and able to experience success.


How to use the NAS School Exclusions Service:


Call the Autism Helpline on 0808 800 4104 (Monday-Thursday, 10.00am to 4.00pm, Friday 9.00am to 3.00pm). The Helpline will take details of your query and arrange a telephone appointment for you with our Exclusions Advisor, who will call you back at the agreed time to discuss your query in detail.


Alternatively, send your query via this NAS Helpline Enquiry form (it may take up to 14 working days to receive a reply as the helpline does experience a high demand for its services).

NEWS AND INFORMATION FROM NAS HQ

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FREE ONLINE MONEY MANAGING TOOL FOR AUTISTIC ADULTS

Created by MoneySuperMarket in association with the National Autistic Society, this Money Managing module is free and aimed at anyone on the autism spectrum who is of an age where they are ready to start learning about managing cash, banking, savings, and debt.


The Money Managing module covers a wide range of money-related topics and can be completed in one visit or accessed section by section over as many visits as you need. It uses videos, text, short quizzes, and interactive cash machines and password generators, as well as offering information on managing your accounts, reasonable expenditure, debt management, and signposts to further information.


Please visit NAS Managing Money for more detailed information about this useful online financial tool. If you would like to find out just what this free module can offer you, please click on Money Management  where you will be given the log-in details and access to the module.

MY WORLD: ONLINE RESOURCES FOR TEACHING STAFF

If you are a teacher and have an autistic student in your class, you may not know about the many small ways in which you can help them to have a better time at school. Sometimes it's a little bit of the right kind of extra support which can make all the difference to someone on the autism spectrum who is struggling.


If you are a teacher or education professional, do sign up to the MyWorld campaign to get free information, practical tips and resources straight to your inbox every fortnight. The campaign is designed to help teachers and other education professionals support pupils on the autism spectrum in schools by providing access to the best free resources and information on teaching autistic children and young people - from pre-school children right through to students in higher  education.


You can also access the MyWorld emails archive so far too, and take a look at the NAS Interactive School Map to see how you can support your autistic students in different areas of school life.

THE AUTISM SHOW 2017

The Autism Show will be returning in June and July this year with a brand new speaker and feature programme. The show runs in London, Birmingham and Manchester, attracting over 10,000 parents, carers, professionals and autistic people.


Leading autism professionals attending as speakers include Professor Francesca Happe, Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at Kings College London, Lesley Cox, National Lead for SEND at OFSTED and Jonathan Green, Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in the University of Manchester.


Other headline speakers include entrepreneur and philanthropist, Dame Stephanie Shirley, writer Kathy Lette returning this year with her son actor, Julian Lette and Rt Hon John Bercow MP, Speaker of the House of Commons. Also not to be missed is Cheryl Gillan MP, Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Autism, who’ll be talking about parliamentary initiatives on autism.


As a visitor you’ll have the opportunity to listen to the personal experiences of adults on the spectrum and their families on topics including transitions in education, finding meaningful employment, sex and relationships, how autism presents in girls, autism into old age and navigating the welfare system. The NAS will also have its own speakers and experts running one-to-one clinics at each event.


There will also be practical tips and strategies to help care, support and teach autistic children and adults. Hear professionals cover subjects ranging from choosing the right interventions to diet, and autism in the mainstream classroom to the transition into adult services.


Parents and carers wishing to speak to specialist professionals can book a one-to-one clinic on subjects such as managing challenging behaviour, legal advice on SEN, welfare rights and speech and language.


The NAS is excited by several new interactive features this year, including the Autism Uncut Cinema which will be showing the shortlisted films from their Autism Uncut Film and Media Awards. These original four minute films shed light on the real world of autism – uncensored and uncut – to help more people understand autism, the person and what they can do to help.


The ever popular sensory room lets you discover the latest in innovative sensory design and technology. There will also be products and services which can make an immediate and positive difference to someone on the autism spectrum from learning tools, visual aids, sensory equipment, furniture, advice and support services, residential care, specialist schools and much more.


Please visit Autism Show 2017 to book tickets and for more information. Members of the NAS can quote NAS17 when buying tickets to receive a discount on standard adult tickets. Children under 16 enter free of charge.  

AUTISM: A RESOURCE PACK FOR SCHOOL STAFF

There are around 700,000 people on the autism spectrum in the UK. That’s more than 1 in 100 people. In a school, it is likely that there will already be one or more autistic children.


Educational professionals may be teaching or supporting a child or young person who they feel may be on the autism spectrum. The diagnosis process may have just started or the diagnosis may not yet be confirmed, but they want to increase their understanding of autism and appropriate interventions to use with that child or young person.


To support these professionals, Autism: resource pack for school staff  has been published by the NAS which will be useful for any member of staff working in an education setting.


This pack can be of help to any member of staff working in an education setting. The NAS has included information about autism, how it may affect children and young people in education settings, information on strategies, interventions and useful resources from the NAS and other organisations. The NAS hopes their pack will give those members of staff greater confidence in working with pupils who are on the autism spectrum.

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