Supporting young people with autism
Sue Hatton – Autism Advisor for Embrace
As the Autism Advisor for Embrace I travel offering support and guidance as well as training to staff right across the company. However my background is in education as a teacher for 25 years and so I have a keen interest in Liverpool Progressive School and am pleased to have the added role of being a school governor. I believe that when staff understand the nature of autism better they are more able to explore the way autism impacts on each individual and from this knowledge can and does come effective support and teaching that is truly autism friendly. Through training offered and focus workshops as well as observations in the classroom and interactions with the young people when I visit the school I seek to improve staff knowledge and skills.
Embrace has its own kite mark of quality for good autism practice and this was achieved by Liverpool Progressive School this year. The school is now working to meet the Autism Education Trust nationally recognised standards for good autism practice and this work is being led by the Autism Champions within the school. Our Autism Champions have had more extensive training and achieved a Continuing Professional Development Diploma in Good Autism Practice awarded by Coventry University. The evidence of this high level of focus on understanding autism can be seen right across the school. The uncluttered environment, visual supports to aid learning and the calm way staff move and interact with all the young people are clear indications of the quality of the autism knowledge held by staff and their ability to put that knowledge into every day practice. This staff team is a pleasure to work with.