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A five-year-old boy with autism dialled 999 and guided paramedics to his home after his mother fell unconscious while unpacking shopping. Charley-Anne Semple, 27, praised the actions of her son, Tyler, and he has been presented with a bravery award by the National Autistic Society. Tyler's three-year-old sister, Annabella, who…
The rise in legal orders giving control over finance, property and welfare safeguards for adults without the capacity to make their own decisions is “concerning”, a watchdog has said. Guardianship orders in Scotland rose 12% to 13,501 between 2017/18 and the previous year, a Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland report…
The families of two schoolboys with special educational needs are seeking to legally challenge the Government over its SEND funding policy. They say the current Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) policy has a created a "national crisis" and are calling on Education Secretary Damian Hinds and Chancellor Philip Hammond…
Young people with learning difficulties have highlighted key areas of research which could help to improve their lives. The 10 priorities include devising approaches to tackle bullying and creating the best learning environments. Academics will use the information to plan new research initiatives at the University of Edinburgh and worldwide.…
Researchers have found that many children are suffering from an undiagnosed developmental condition which impacts on their ability to learn mathematics. Experts at Queen's University in Belfast carried out the research on the prevalence of Specific Learning Disorder in Mathematics (SLDM), which is also known as dyscalculia. Dr Kinga Morsanyi…
Ministers have been urged to ring fence funding for autistic children so schools can provide properly for them. Labour's Lloyd Russell-Moyle said autistic children in his Brighton Kemptown constituency were "unable to access proper education". During Education questions in the Commons, he told MPs that head teachers do not have…
Schools are faced with a bleak picture when it comes to supporting children with special educational needs, according to a report.The report from school leaders' union the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT), found teachers have been left struggling by tight budgets and cuts to health and social care provision.The…
Collaborative music lessons in schools improve the attitudes of pupils towards their peers with autism, a new study in the journal Autism reports. Led by Anna Cook, PhD student at the University of Surrey, researchers found that the interactive sessions produced findings that could potentially reduce bullying of autistic students.…
Social care services firm CareTech has agreed to buy Cambian in a deal that values the takeover target at up to £372 million. CareTech said the deal was "compelling" given the "highly complementary service offering and geographical coverage" provided by both firms. It also said the takeover would improve care…
The loss of learning disability specialists could lead to a return to Victorian-style care, leading nurses have warned. The number of learning disability nurses in England dropped by 40% from 5,368 in May 2010 to 3,247 in April 2018, figures from NHS Digital show. Many patients may end up being…
Children with disabilities face discrimination under equality laws which allow schools to exclude them for "challenging behaviour", a judge has ruled. Judge Alison Rowley, sitting in the Upper Tribunal, said it was "repugnant" to consider such behaviour as "criminal or anti-social" when it is a direct result of a child's…
Use of the drug Ritalin to treat UK children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) should be stepped up rather than reduced, a new study suggests. Evidence shows 5% of children suffer from the behavioural disorder, but only one in 10 are receiving medical treatment. Experts who took part in…
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