Topic: Family Life

Autism is a lifelong, developmental disability that affects how a person communicates with, and relates to, other people, and how they experience the world around them.

At Bright Horizons, we support children on the Autistic spectrum well. Staff are trained in SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disability) and there is a SENCO (Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator) in every nursery who takes responsibility for providing additional support and they keep their knowledge, skills and training updated.

Nurseries refer to the Autistic Society for advice and also work with local professionals, including perhaps, depending on the age of the child, preparing a request for an EHC (Education, Health and Care needs assessment 0 – 25). We also obtain appropriate equipment as necessary – e.g. wobble boards, weighted cushions etc.

Children have a My Support Plan which allows staff to plan for progression, monitor the effectiveness of teaching, collaborate with parents and other professionals, and help the child become more involved in their own learning, and work towards specific targets.

It is completed at an agreed time and in partnership with parents. Practitioners review and reflect upon each child’s development and progress towards targets before the meeting.

The My Support Plan booklet has been designed to fit into the red progress booklet which is provided for all children by their Health Visitors.

If you would like to find out more about Autism, click here. The site has information about diagnosis, research, myths, facts and statistics, as well as information about support and benefits.

Autism Speaks have launched ‘Light it up Blue,’ to help raise awareness of Autism around the world. You can pledge to wear blue, donate, or even register to light a building up blue by clicking here.