Support for children with autism

A new resource to help schools meet the needs of children with autism has been launched.
The Autism Toolbox, which has been sent to every school and education authority in Scotland, draws on practical examples, literature and research to give guidance to councils and support to schools. It is funded by the Scottish Government and developed by the National Centre for Autism Studies at the University of Strathclyde.
Adam Ingram, Minister for Children and Early Years, said that young people with autism deserve the opportunity to gain the most they can from a supportive education system.
The Autism Toolbox is available on the Scottish Government website and hard copies can be ordered through Blackwell’s Bookshop.
The Autism Toolbox is the output of the Autism Spectrum Disorder Education Working Group, which was established to take forward the recommendations in the Education for Pupils with Autism Spectrum Disorders report from HMIE and the National Autistic Society Scotland report, make school make sense – both published in October 2006. The Working Group included representation from HMIE, the National Autistic Society Scotland, the Scottish Society for Autism, Initial Teacher Education Providers and the Educational Institute of Scotland.

Drugs aids ‘disorder’ children at school

The Scotsman reports that children given stimulants to treat attention-deficit hyper- activity disorder (ADHD) symptoms score higher on maths and reading tests than children with the condition who do not get drugs, according to new research..
A study of 594 children with ADHD from kindergarten through primary five found the 60 per cent prescribed drugs such as Ritalin and Adderall performed better on standardised tests than peers with ADHD not given medication.