Gloucestershire County Council to make IMPACT for children and young people with autism
Gloucestershire County Council has set up a new autism support team for children and young people aged between 0-25 years old.
At Shire Hall on Wednesday, representatives from over 50 schools attended the launch of a new team to keep children and young people with autism in mainstream schools engaged in education and school.
IMPACT, (Including and Motivating Pupils with Autism and Communication-Needs Team), consists of specialist advisory teachers, speech and language therapists and pre-school staff working closely with specialist senior educational psychologists for autism.
IMPACT works closely with health colleagues including paediatricians, clinical psychologists, school nurses and health visitors.
The multi-agency team will help to promote the inclusion of children and young people with autism in Gloucestershire schools, in order to achieve positive educational outcomes.
There is a new Gloucestershire autism inclusion award for primary and secondary schools to work towards based on a set of outcomes devised by the team working in conjunction with the National Autistic Society.
Schools will be encouraged to work towards the award, supported by IMPACT.
Cllr Paul McLain, cabinet member for children and young people, said: "All children and young people deserve as much support as we can offer.
"IMPACT will work towards addressing the issues that face these young people with autism and I hope that schools can work with the team to achieve results that will see better inclusion for all."
Latest figures indicate that approximately one person in 100 is on the autism spectrum. This suggests that in Gloucestershire there are about 8,580 people on the autistic spectrum and that about 1,200 of the child population in Gloucestershire have autism.