Children with autism ‘suicidal due to lack of school support’

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MSPs this week shared heartbreaking stories of pupils with autism who became suicidal after struggling at school.

Glasgow Conservative MSP Annie Wells talked of Rachel, “a girl who was only diagnosed with autism at 14” and had “no transitional support when starting secondary school”.

“The school was unsure of how to support her, and she believed that the support that she did receive was in line with punishments for non-autistic individuals. Rachel ultimately felt suicidal,” she said.

Uddingston and Bellshill SNP MSP Richard Lyle spoke of one P7 pupil whose long-running struggles in formal ...

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