Isle of Man News - POSTED Thu 01-05-2014

Extra support for children with autism

by Joanne Clague

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A new project is under way to support children with autism, their schools and their families.

Manx charity Autism in Mann (AiM) has joined forces with the Department of Education and Children to provide a specialist teacher of autism. Parents can access the expertise of Carole Williams (pictured) through the charity on 480167 or by contacting the department on 686059.

A drop in workshop is taking place this afternoon, with a further workshop due to take place on July 3 at the Isle of Man College from 1pm to 3pm.

Carole recently retired as a primary school special needs unit manager and has many years’ experience working with children with autism. She undertook further, specialist training in the UK prior to embarking on the project. Her initial focus is supporting children of secondary school age. She spends time with them at school and, where appropriate, at home. She is also delivering training to teaching staff and providing the drop-in workshops for parents.

Sue Marriott, special educational needs sdviser with the DEC, said: ‘The Department is pleased to be working jointly with one of our parent groups and feedback on the project so far is encouraging, indicating that it is already having a significant impact on schools, families and, most importantly, young people themselves. Parents have commented on the quality of Carole’s advice. She supports them and their children to develop strategies and gives them the confidence and belief to deal with the challenges of this condition.'

Parents can obtain more information by emailing AiM at

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