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How to tailor support for autistic students

Meeting the diverse needs of pupils with autism can be a challenge - but there are basic steps to take, finds Chris Parr

Autism is a spectrum disorder that affects millions of children and young people in many different ways. It is for precisely this reason that giving autistic pupils the environment they need in the classroom is so challenging, particularly when there is a lot of conflicting advice around.

Perhaps it is unsurprising, then, that the evidence suggests schools are not doing as well as they could at supporting students with the condition. In December, concerns were raised in the Scottish Parliament about autistic pupils being unlawfully excluded, taught in corridors and shut away in windowless ...

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