Autism Awareness Week 2021
About this event
Autism Awareness Week (29th March – 4th April) aims to improve people’s understanding of autism and help make the world friendlier to those who are affected by it. This week aims to shine a light on autism to increase awareness about people and especially children who have autism. There is also hope to develop world knowledge about autism and deliver information on how helpful it can be to have an early diagnosis. One in every 100 UK school children is on the autistic spectrum and, without the right support, school can be a confusing and difficult place. This awareness week hopes to help improve understanding of autism among students across UK schools.
The coronavirus pandemic has been particularly tough for many autistic people and their families. Services have closed and many people have been left with little support. The ever-changing guidelines and restrictions can be confusing and difficult to implement for autistic people with high support needs.
What is Autism?
Being autistic does not mean you have an illness or disease, it means your brain works in a different way from other people. It’s something you’re born with or first appears when you’re very young. Autistic people may find it hard to communicate and interact with other people and find it difficult to understand how people think and feel. They can get anxious or upset about unfamiliar situations and social events.
Some Symptoms of Autism
- Social Withdrawal
- Lack of Empathy
- Problems with Two-Way Conversation
- Flat or Monotonous Speech
- Abnormal Body Posturing or Facial Expressions
- Avoiding eye contact
- Getting too close to other people, or getting very upset if someone touches or gets too close to you
- Liking to plan things carefully before doing them
Here at The Eaves, we have a variety of trained professionals for all ages that can offer support with learning difficulties such as Autism and Asperger’s. If you are looking for help regarding Autism, or anything else, please contact the referrals team on 01483 917000 who would be happy to help source a suitable therapist for you. You can also send us an enquiry. Click here to find out more.