Autism NI launches schools campaign

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Autism NI is asking primary schools across Northern Ireland to support its new schools campaign Making Sense of Autism, which aims to raise awareness about autism in the classroom by encouraging pupils to take part in a fun ‘sensory’ challenge and help raise vital funds for the charity.

Making sense of Autism.

Autism NI Patron, Stephen Clements from Q Radio says:

Many children with autism are sensitive to sight, smells, touch, tastes and sounds and we want to help teachers and pupils learn about the sensory and communication difficulties children face by taking part in a sensor fundraising challenge.

How about holding a ‘Big Eye Spy’ challenge or ‘Taste Test’? Go the whole day without touching certain objects — pencils, pens, books or your iPad? Or my favourite, have silent disco with headphones instead of loud speakers or a hush party with fingers on lips? Or a sponsored silence? Ask children to stay silent for one hour and discover the communication barriers that children with autism face.

One in 40 school children in Norther Ireland is diagnosed with autism, and the charity relies on the public’s help to improve the lives of children affected by the disability. Making Sense of Autism will run throughout the year and schools can choose a date within their school calendar to take part.

Autism NI supports individuals and their families, and campaigns to raise awareness of autism within the wider society. To register and receive your school’s information pack email schools@autismni.org or call 028 9040 1729.

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