Rotherham research into autism education

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PARENTS from the Rotherham branch of the National Autistic Society are carrying out research to help them campaign for a better education for their children.

The branch has set up a survey after being contacted by parent Karen Athey, who is concerned children with autism are not getting appropriate educational support.

Karen, who has two children with autism and one undergoing assessment for the condition, said: “I think because autism is a hidden disability, people don’t always realise the difficulties children can face.

“I also worry children end up in schools where staff do not have proper training in the disability – I had to home-educate my daughter for four years as a result of bad experiences at school.

“It is unfair families are left picking up the pieces when things go wrong.”

Donna Booth, NAS Rotherham branch officer, said: “Although children with autism are being put into small classes, so they have a calmer environment, members of the branch are reporting their children do not always receive the support they would get in an autism specialist school.”

The survey is open to all Rotherham parents at www.surveymonkey.com/s/Rothautismsurvey