31 Mar Autism Awareness Week
This week on Thursday 2nd April it is world Autism Awareness Day. At Lyndhurst we celebrate all our pupils’ achievements and think about our daily challenges. As part of this, we encourage the children and staff to develop their understanding and respect for difference and understanding of Neurodiversity – the individual and various ways that the human brain and mind develop. Normally during Autism Awareness week, we celebrate at Lyndhurst by watching short films or listening to an extract from an audiobook and having class discussions. Here are some links to resources that your children and families might find of interest.
Early Years : Focus on celebrating difference.
We’re Amazing 123 by Sesame Street
This is a video called “Meet Julia” from Sesame Street – introducing a character with autism. It is about 10 mins long and might be appropriate for Reception children.
Key stage 1: Focus on how to be a good friend at school and on the playground.
Key stage 2: Focus on understanding what it might be like to live with a communication difficulty.
“The Reason I jump” – Part 1 (Youtube) Audio clip. (2.35 – 8.39 mins)
This video is suitable for all of Key Stg 2 and gives a very good explanation of autism.
Also, here are some short clips with Greta Thunberg talking about her own diagnosis. This might be of interest to some in Upper KS2 who are interested in the campaign against climate change.