Sheffield schoolgirl heading for television stardom on Newsround

Angel Dusauzay being filmed for Newsround
Angel Dusauzay being filmed for Newsround

A Sheffield schoolgirl is heading for television stardom after filming for a top children’s television show.

Angel Dusauzay will appear in a news item on BBC children’s news programme Newsround after she prepared a speical assembly on autism at her school, Westbourne House.

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The eight-year-old is a child ambassador for Sparkle Sheffield, a charity which aims to benefit children and young people living with autism and their families.

She planned to speak to children and teachers about the effect her brother Jadon's autism has on her family.

When Newsround bosses heard of the work Angel is doing to promote the interests of families affected by autism, they sent along a camera crew to film a piece on the assembly.

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In the item, Angel explains how having an autistic sibling can be a positive experience, sharing unique qualities and outlooks on life.

Sparkle Sheffield started four-years-ago by Angel’s mum Liesje Dusauzay, as a small parent-led support group.

Liesje said: “She is a remarkable child. It can be really difficult for her, but the presentation she did was out of this world.

“She has already delivered it in three schools and there are others interested in her coming in and talking to them.”

Liesje said Angel came up with the idea after suggesting schools fundraise for Sparkle Sheffield by holding a sponsored silence.

“Her idea was that during playground time children could play in silence for 15 to 30 minutes.

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“Autism is seen as a silent disability so she thought it would be a good way to raise awareness so that other children understand what it is like to have autism.”

Sparkle Sheffield provides parental support, education about the condition and coping strategies to deal with the challenging behaviour that autism often presents. 

It also aims to help the parent and carers to understand and help their children have a better quality of life and increase the child’s opportunities by targeting their main care givers understanding of the complex condition.

Angel’s item on Newsround will be screened on Monday, October 8.