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(Autism Spectrum Disorder)

What is the autism spectrum?
Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that affects the way a person communicates and relates to people around them. People with autism have difficulties with everyday social interaction. People with an autistic spectrum disorder will experience difficulties in three main areas, known as the Triad of Impairments:
- Social and emotional understanding
- Communication
- Flexibility of thought and behaviour
The diagram below details some of the ways a person on the autism spectrum MAY be affected
Source: National Autisitc Society website
The ASD Teams
The team based at the Sunnyhurst Centre comprises of: 
Bernadette Flynn (Co-ordinator in Communication, Interaction and Literacy)
Lee Allen (Advisory teacher)
Sam Moran (Rapid response SSA )
The team based at OLSJ high school (Our Lady and St John Catholic Arts College) consists of :
Andrew McVee (Advisory teacher)
Barbara Birch (ASD mentor)
Katherine Simcock (Specialist Speech and Language Therapist) 
The provision has access to the John Rigby centre where students, if they wish, can spend break and lunch-times.
Both teams offer advice and support to schools to ensure the inclusion of all pupils
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