Autism needs rise sevenfold

2nd March 2001 at 00:00
Provision for autistic children in Glasgow has risen by 700 per cent in six years amid growing concern about a link to the triple MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine.

Some 320 children from pre-school to secondary are now in a mix of specialist provision as numbers grow year on year. The city is set to pump an extra pound;225,000 for staffing into its special education budget to meet the increase.But it recognises that experienced teachers may not be available and may need additional training.

Of the 320 pupils, 100 are in mainstream schools, 100 in mainstream units and 120 in special schools. Eight are in residential schools. Many have associated learning difficulties.

The number of primary-age children with autism rose by 18 per cent last year, or 120, to a total of 778.

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